BG library gets hands-on with Lego and Home Depot programs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 September 2013 09:28
The Children's Place of the Wood County District Public Library's is adding two new monthly programs.  
"We had so much fun with our weekly STEM program this summer and saw how much the kids loved and learned from hands-on construction activities that we decided to experiment with additional offerings," said Maria Simon, head of youth services.
Families are invited to Legopalooza one Sunday each month, where the Children's Place will share its expanding Lego collection along with building books and ideas. Creations will be displayed. The first Legopalooza will be  Sept. 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.
The Children's Place also has a new partnership with Home Depot.
"We hear stories and read biographies about engineers and inventors and understand how as kids, they loved to take things apart and recreate, so we are designing a new program called 'Break It & Make It with Home Depot,'" Simon said.
One Saturday a month, youth ages 10 and older are invited to join members of Team Depot, an associate-led volunteer program from the Bowling Green store. They will supply support, tools and safety equipment for breaking and disassembling various items. The first "Break It & Make It" will be Sept. 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Children's Place.
Ongoing Children's Place programs include: Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. The Baby and Toddler with Caregivers Storytime is Thursdays at 10 a.m. The library started opening at 9 a.m. this week. The extra hour makes an earlier start for the Thursday storytime possible.
"Paws for Reading," Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., offers school-age youth, fun supportive read aloud practice with a older buddy, or Ben, a registered therapy dog.
Puppet Pals, a free homework help/tutoring partnership between the library and the Bowling Green State University Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center, begins on Monday. Trained tutors from BGSU will be available to students, kindergarten-fourth grade, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 6 and 8 p.m. and Thursdays between 4 and 6 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome, however, the Children's Place prefers a signup.
The Children's Place is resuming the early literacy workshop, Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library, for parents and caregivers with young children, newborn-preschool. Staff will share practices and strategies, as well as books that nurture children's pre-reading skills. Each family will receive a free book. The next workshop is Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Children's Place.
The Children's Place continues a partnership with WBGU-TV with several PBS-Kids Family Workshops this fall. The first one will be Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. in the Children's Place.
Novel Chit Chats, a monthly book discussion for adults and youth, will meet on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Multiple copies of "Sideways Stories from Wayside School," along with copies of the audio recording, also by Louis Sachar, are now available for check out at the Children's Place desk.
One-time monthly programs include: Everlasting Herbs, another partnership with BG Park and Rec, meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut Ave. Families are invited to a Talk Like a Pirate program on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Children's Place. Pirate costumes are encouraged.

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