Friends of Freeman Library

January Events in the Children's Department

Looking for something fun for your children to do in January?  We kick off the New Year with lots of returning programs and some new ones.   We start off this Thursday, January 5 with Pajama Storytime at 6:00 pm.  We give out tickets at 5:30 pm and children are welcome to wear pajamas or bring a cozy blanket.  On Saturday, January 7, we have Family Storytime at 11:00 am.  No tickets are needed for this program.  We'll have this program again on Saturday, January 21.   On Monday, January 9, we have the bilingual Chinese/English storytime at 10:15 am.  We'll give out tickets when we open at 10:00 am.  This fun storytime features books and activities in English and Chinese.  It is recommended for children 3-5 years old.

New Year's Craft Fun on Friday, December 30 at 2:30 pm

Get children into a festive spirit for New Year's Eve with some fun crafts on Friday, December 30 at 2:30 pm.  We'll be making a jingly noisemaker, a glittery New Year's card, and a space rocket to bring in the new year!   We'll also have activity sheets and a station where children of all ages can try on New Year's hats and glasses and take a picture for the new year.   This program is recommended for children 3 years and older.  Tickets are required and available 30 minutes before the program.  Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting this program and others throughout the year.   Happy New Year!  We'll bring on even more programs in 2017.

Winter Learning Challenge Starts Saturday, December 17

  Looking for an opportunity to bring the children to the library this Winter Break?  Join us for the Winter Learning Challenge, a fun do-at-your-own-pace program that you can complete and take a chance at a great prize.  Simply come to the library and pick up a sheet for children from infants through 12 years old or for children and adults (12 & Up).  Complete 5 activities and turn your sheet in for a drawing to win a gift certificate for the bookstore for the Friends of Freeman Library and a movie pass.

Gingerbread House fun next week on Tuesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 21

   A Freeman Library holiday tradition continues next week when we decorate gingerbread houses on Tuesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 21 with two sessions each day - 2:30 and 4:00 pm.  This festive program is recommended for children 3 years and older.  Tickets are required.  They are free and available in the Children's Department starting 30 minutes before each session.  Due to the popularity of this program, it is recommended that children arrive 15-20 minutes before each session's tickets are due to be distributed.  There will be an arrow sign showing where customers can wait to pick up tickets.

Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library and Oak Farms Dairy for their generosity with many of the supplies.

Turkey Time Fum

The Children's Department will be celebrating the turkey in a couple of programs coming up this week.   On Thursday, November 17 at 4:30 pm, children 3-12 years old can make an edible turkey cookie craft and do some fun decorations for Thanksgiving.   This program requires tickets.  They are free and available starting 30 minutes before the program.

On Friday, November 18 at 10:00 am, babies from infants through 18 months can hang out and do a turkey picture during Baby Playtime.  This fun program also features toys, board books, and bubbles.  No tickets are needed for this program.

November Children's Programs

Here are some fun Children's Programs to attend in November:

Saturdays 11/5 & 11/19 - Family Storytime at 11:00 am - this storytime for the whole family meets in the Children's Department  on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month.  No tickets are needed.

Monday 11/7 at 10:15 am - Bilingual Chinese/English Storytime - recommended for children 3-5 years old exposes children to stories & songs in Chinese & English.  Includes fun craft.  Tickets give out at 10:00 when the library opens.

Maker Mondays Program - This weekly afterschool program is for children 5-12 years old at 4:30 pm on Mondays.  It features an activity or craft (on the 4th Monday of each month).  Tickets are given out at 4:00 pm.

Vote for your favorite pumpkin in Project Pumpkin 2016

  Children of all ages are invited to cast a vote in an annual Freeman tradition - Project Pumpkin.  This year we have 8 pumpkin contestants that have been decorated by library staff and volunteers.  The pumpkins will be on display through Saturday, November 5.  We will post the results of the vote on Monday, November 7.  Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for supporting the purchase of pumpkins and other materials for this project.

Project Pumpkin 2016 starts this Saturday, October 29

  Project Pumpkin returns to Freeman Library this Saturday, October 29.   Staff from Freeman are busy decorating pumpkins based on literary characters and other children's themes.  Children of all ages will be able to view and vote on the pumpkins from Saturday, October 29 through Saturday, November 5 in the Children's Department.   Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for their generous support of this and many other programs at Freeman.

Baby Playtime returns on Friday, October 21 @ 10:00 am

Babies from infants through 18 months old will have fun this Friday,October 21 at 10:00 am during Baby Playtime.  This monthly program features toys, music, board books, and bubbles!   To add a festive touch this month,  children can make a fun "ghost" picture with their footprint.  No tickets are needed for this program that gives parents and their babies a chance to play with other young ones.   Thank you to the Friends of Freeman Library for their generous support of the many amazing toys and books used in this program.

Several Children's Programs coming up later this week!

Here are some upcoming programs in the Children's Department:  Thursday, October 13 @ 4:30 pm, children 3-12 years old can get ready for fall/Halloween decorating by making a cute bat and designing a couple of fun buttons to wear; Thursday, October 13 @ 6 pm, children can wear their pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend to Pajama Storytime; and Tweens 8-12 years old can create an amazing mask on Friday, October 14 @ 2:00 pm.  All these programs require tickets.  They are free and available in the Children's Department starting 30 minutes before the program.

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