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Fresh ideas in youth services

Posted September 18, 2013 in Community Featured, Downtown

The youth services department at Central Library is buzzing with a new vibrancy and energy, thanks to fresh ideas from two enthusiastic newer staff members.

Youth Services Librarian Janeé Jackson joined our team in March, just in time to contribute to this year’s summer reading program. What a successful whirlwind that was. Then in July, Janeé and our team welcomed library assistant Maddie Bassman. These two have already proven themselves a dynamic pair, both excited about serving teens, children and families. They collaborated on a full schedule of fun programs for fall at Central Library.

For kids
Crafty Readers
Tuesdays, 4 – 5 p.m.
Storyhour/Craft Room
Kids ages 3 – 8 can listen to a story, sing songs and make a craft based on the story.

Fall Into Reading Festival
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 4 – 6 p.m.
Meeting Room Wing
Come dressed in your Halloween costume and play literacy games, listen to fun stories, frost a cookie and make a craft. For kids ages 2 – 10.

NB-Tween Programs
All About Slime!
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m., Storyhour/Craft Room
Come make your own slime with us and learn about cool books at the library. For ages 9 – 12.

Teen Time – ages 13 and older
Teen D.I.Y.: Buttonmaking
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:15 -3:15 p.m., Meeting Room One
Draw or choose a design and make a button to wear.

Teen Zombiepalooza
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2:15 – 4 p.m., Meeting Room Two
Make a zombie mask, play zombie games and eat cool snacks.

Teen Manga/Anime Night
Thursday, Oct. 17, 4 – 5 p.m., Meeting Room One
Manga and anime fans can make candy sushi and draw characters.

Teen Gaming Unplugged
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2:15 –
3:30 p.m., Meeting Room One

Struggling in school?
If you find you could use a little help in your classes, check out the Learning Express Library at The Learning Express Library has study tools and practice work to help children and teens in subjects like math, reading, writing, social studies, science, statistics, vocabulary, spelling and grammar. High school math subjects include algebra, geometry, calculus and trigonometry. Whatever area you need to work on, Learning Express Library has the resources to help. To get started, visit the library’s website at, then click on Online Resources and scroll down to Learning Express Library. A library card bar code number and PIN are required.

Central Library
1000 Grand Ave. • 283-4152
Mon. – Wed.: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thur. – Fri.: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Pick-up window hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 4 – 6 p.m.

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