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  • February 10, 2015

    Category: Events"Chess Gang"

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    The “Chess Gang” will meet from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room and will be mentored by Mr. Robert Bemben & Robin Ray of Levering.  Young people 8yrs and up may drop in at any time during the scheduled time and the activity is free.  The emphasis will be on open chess play with some instruction, depending upon the needs of the participants.  Players of all skill levels are welcome and are encouraged to bring chess sets from home if they have them.  Adults interested in assisting should call Ron Fowler at the library, 231-758-3123.

  • February 11, 2015

    Category: EventsBabies and Books, Winter Session

    Another one!

    Another one!

    The Petoskey District Library periodically offers a program especially for babies and Moms (or other caregivers!) during the year The program runs much like a play group and will introduce rhymes, songs and books to babies and caregivers. Materials and activities will be drawn from the Public Library Association’s “Every Child Ready To Read” and the Association of Library Services to Children’s “Born to Read” programs. Each program will be about twenty – thirty minutes long and will have time for caregivers and babies to read a book together.

    Registration is highly recommended but not necessary, though drop-ins will be welcomed provided that the class is not full. There is a limit of 10 care givers and their babies for each session. Call us at the number below, email us at the address below or stop by the Youth Services Desk in Children’s Room to sign up or get your questions answered.

    2014 Fall Session:  Wednesdays, Sept 24 and October 1, 8 & 15

    This free program will be implemented by Lisa Scholl (Ms Lisa), one of our Youth Services Librarians who has had training in the Every Child Ready to Read program of The Public Library Association (PLA), and the Born to Read” program from Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), both divisions of the American Library Association (ALA).

    Please call the Children’s Services Department at 758-3112 or stop by the Youth Desk to sign-up or if you have any questions.

    Category: EventsElementary Reader's Theatre

    Elementary Reader’s Theatre (ERT) for grades 3-8 for the rest of the school year will meet from 5-5:50 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning February 11 through the end of May, in the Program Room.  Mr Jon Baughan will be the new mentor.

    Reader’s theater is a legitimate form of drama with actors using their voices and upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. It differs from a play in that parts or roles are read rather than memorized. Actors usually stand behind lecterns or music stands and use techniques such as vocal and facial expressions as well as hand and arm movements. Small hand props may be used as well.  And, It’s FUN!

    Periodic public performances are presented, participation in these is optional.

    Category: EventsYoung Adult Reader's Theatre

    Reader’s theater is a legitimate form of drama with actors using their voices and upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. It differs from a play in that parts or roles are read rather than memorized. Actors usually stand behind lecterns or music stands and use techniques such as vocal and facial expressions as well as hand and arm movements. Small hand props may be used as well.  Mr. Jon Baugham will mentor the group for the time being.

    Reader’s Theater builds reading confidence (and it’s fun), helps readers learn to read with expression (plus, it’s fun) and it promotes reading fluency (besides, it’s fun). While telling a familiar story in a creative way, participation in a Reader’s Theater group improves a child’s reading skill and comprehension, and develops vocal and facial expression in order to effectively convey thoughts and emotions (did we mention that it is fun?).

  • February 12, 2015

    Category: EventsParent Child LapSit Story Time

    ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Parent/Child LapSits and last about 30-45 minutes.  Parent or Caregivers need to bring the child and sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songs (accompanied by banjo and ukulele); finger plays, flannel board presentations and a weekly visit from Puff the Magic Dragon. These programs are targeted at children 18 months to three years old.  Information about parenting, literacy and other family related subjects will be shared periodically during the program.

    Due to the developmental needs of this age group, it is preferred that siblings do not attend if at all possible. However, nobody will be turned away if bringing a sibling is the only way for a child to attend. Bringing toys is also discouraged.  This is a “drop-in” program and no sign-up is required.

    Category: EventsPaws to Read - Euchre

    Euchre1-smallEuchre and his human, Barbara Green will be available on the second and fourth Thursdays fro 5-7:00 p.m.

    Readers earn a stamp on a record card for every 15 minutes that they read to one of our dogs.  When he/she has earned 4 stamps, they will receive a "Pawsome Reader" tag to wear as a necklace or use as a zipper tag.  If readers complete a second card, they get a “Pawsome Reader” dog tag.

    The theory is, that by reading out loud to the dog, who doesn't judge how well the child reads, the child’s self consciousness disappears and she gains the confidence needed to become a better reader.

    Readers will need to schedule a 15 minute appointment at the Youth Services Desk or by calling 231-758-3112. Open or cancelled slots will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

    There is no charge for this activity.

  • February 13, 2015

    Category: EventsKids' Day Off / Game Day!

    go_game2School-aged children, grades K-5, in Petoskey have a day off on Friday, February 13!  Crooked Tree Arts Center and Petoskey District Library are teaming up again to offer a day of activities, events and programming for area school students.  Lunch supervision will be provided for those staying all day.  Please pack a lunch for your child!  This program is free and open to all school-aged children grades K – 5.

    An Unaccompanied Child Release Form is required for all unaccompanied children participating in Kids Day Off.  Download Unaccompanied Release Child Form.

    Pre-registration is not required, but greatly appreciated!  Please complete the information below.

    Register your child for Kids’ Day Off

    The kids will begin the day at Crooked Tree Arts Center (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM) where they will experience works from Gallery Terakoya in Hikone City, Shiga prefecture, Japan in the Edith Gilbert Gallery.Included in the display are:  traditional kimono, contemporary lacquerware and ceramic vessels. Some of the kimonos in this collection are 150 years old!  They will also do an art activity and view the anime’ movie, “My Neighbor Totoro,” and eat their lunch.

    At  1:00 pm, the children will move over to the Petoskey District Library where they will spend some time learning about the Asian game of Go and have the opportunity to play and experience the game.

     

    Go is an ancient board game which takes simple elements: line and circle, black and white, stone and wood, combines them with simple rules and generates more possibilities than chess. Although still rather

    obscure in the West, go is wildly popular in Asia, especially in China, Japan and Korea, where there are more than 100 million active players. Major tournament winners are international celebrities. With daily newspaper coverage, popular weekly and monthly go magazines, 24-hour "all-go-all-the-time" cable stations, go is an incomparably intense part of Asian culture, and its popularity is growing quickly in the West.  You may find out more information at http://www.usgo.org/what-go.

     

    Light refreshments will be provided and participants will be able to choose from several activities

    after giving Go a try, including:

     

    • Viewing a Japanese anime' movie called "Hikaru no Go, Vol 1. The Go Master's Descent", which has the game of Go involved in its story  line
    • Look at some items from Petoskey's Japanese sister city, Makino (now incorporated into the larger city of Takashima) in Shiga Prefecture.
    • Complete a Valentine's craft using washi tape.

    School-aged children, grades K-5, in Petoskey have a day off on Friday, February 13!  Crooked Tree Arts Center and Petoskey District Library are teaming up again to offer a day of activities, events and programming for area school students.  Lunch supervision will be provided for those staying all day.  Please pack a lunch for your child!  This program is free and open to all school-aged children grades K – 5.

    An Unaccompanied Child Release Form is required for all unaccompanied children participating in Kids Day Off.  Download Unaccompanied Release Child Form.

    Pre-registration is not required, but greatly appreciated!  Please complete the information below.

    Register your child for Kids’ Day Off

    The kids will begin the day at Crooked Tree Arts Center (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM) where they will experience works from Gallery Terakoya in Hikone City, Shiga prefecture, Japan in the Edith Gilbert Gallery.Included in the display are:  traditional kimono, contemporary lacquerware and ceramic vessels. Some of the kimonos in this collection are 150 years old!  They will also do an art activity and view the anime’ movie, “My Neighbor Totoro,” and eat their lunch.

    At  1:00 pm, the children will move over to the Petoskey District Library where they will spend some time learning about the Asian game of Go and have the opportunity to play and experience the game.

     

    Go is an ancient board game which takes simple elements: line and circle, black and white, stone and wood, combines them with simple rules and generates more possibilities than chess. Although still rather

    obscure in the West, go is wildly popular in Asia, especially in China, Japan and Korea, where there are more than 100 million active players. Major tournament winners are international celebrities. With daily newspaper coverage, popular weekly and monthly go magazines, 24-hour "all-go-all-the-time" cable stations, go is an incomparably intense part of Asian culture, and its popularity is growing quickly in the West.  You may find out more information at http://www.usgo.org/what-go.

     

    Light refreshments will be provided and participants will be able to choose from several activities

    after giving Go a try, including: 

     

    o   Viewing a Japanese anime' movie called "Hikaru no Go, Vol 1. The Go Master's Descent", which has the game of Go involved in its story  line

    o   Look at some items from Petoskey's Japanese sister city, Makino (now incorporated into the larger city of Takashima) in Shiga Prefecture.

    o   Complete a Valentine's craft using washi tape.

    Category: EventsDungeons & Dragons (D&D)

    Good News!  Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) is back!

    Some of last year's D & D group have reorganized and we have scheduled a day, time and place to "restart" D & D!

    D & D group will meet in the Basement Meeting Room.  The program is targeted at grades 5-8  (Exceptions may made for older & younger students.  Contact Ron Fowler-231-758-3123 or rfowler@petoskeylibrary.org if interested in participating).

    We ask that you try to  make it to the first three meetings to observe and learn the basics, then we'll form up groups (or parties).  After that, we'll ask newcomers to observe for a few weeks before assigning her/him to a group.

    Signed permission slips are necessary to play the game.  These will be available at the meeting/s or below.

    Permission Slip:  permslip

    Category: EventsTeen Anime' Club

    anime_eyes_clip_art_6994The Petoskey High School Anime’ Club will meet at the library every Friday afternoon, now through June 5, 2015 from 3:45 to 4:55 p.m. in the Program Room (except for a few weeks around the holidays and day when there is no school). The club will view and discuss anime’ programs and movies and do some activities. This is a “drop-in” program and there is no charge for this activity.

  • February 16, 2015

    Category: EventsParent Child LapSit Story Time

    ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Parent/Child LapSits and last about 30-45 minutes.  Parent or Caregivers need to bring the child and sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songs (accompanied by banjo and ukulele); finger plays, flannel board presentations and a weekly visit from Puff the Magic Dragon. These programs are targeted at children 18 months to three years old.  Information about parenting, literacy and other family related subjects will be shared periodically during the program.

    Due to the developmental needs of this age group, it is preferred that siblings do not attend if at all possible. However, nobody will be turned away if bringing a sibling is the only way for a child to attend. Bringing toys is also discouraged.  This is a “drop-in” program and no sign-up is required.