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Bryan-Bennett Programs planned for January and February

An afternoon preschool story time is new to the Bryan-Bennett schedule, beginning January 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Bryan-Bennett Library Program Director Karen Shanafelt is coordinating this story time with Krystal Pruden, community worker from Illinois Extension. A theme of the story times will be “Eat, Play Grow.” Preschool story times will be held every other week through May. The sessions will feature books and activities. On January 21, the book will be My Five Senses by Aliki and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Other dates for the program will be: February 4 and 18; March 3, 17 and 31; April 14 and 28; May 12 and 26. Preregistration is not require for this event. This story time is best suited for children age 5 and younger.

 January 2020 Friday Story Time at 11 a.m. Books will be:

  • January 17, The Best Place to Read and The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom and Illustrated by Michael Garland;
  • January 24, A Far-Fetched Story by Karin Cates Pictures by Nancy Carpenter;
  • January 31, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett Illustrated by Jon Klassen.

Friday story times are best suited for kindergartners and children younger. There will be a couple of books, a craft or activity, and a light snack.

 Legos and Games @ Eleven, January 18, 11 a.m. to noon, card and board games as well as Legos in the children’s area. Youngsters, grade 6 and younger, are welcome to participate. They can bring their own Legos® and exhibit their creations; or, they are welcome to work with a collection that the Library has. There is no registration fee to participate in this event.

 Diabetes, Healthy Eating, and Keeping Active: a program for seniors

January 23, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Reservations are preferred, but not required. There is no cost to attend. Speakers are: registered dietitian from Salem Township Hospital, Amna Haq, speaking about diabetes management; Krystal Pruden, community worker from Illinois Extension, presenting about healthy eating; physical therapist Assistant Kara Sellers from SSM Health to speak about staying active. Light, healthy refreshments will be offered.

 Adult Book Club

New in 2020 for book lovers: select and read a book and meet the last Thursday evening of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. for discussion. This will repeat in February on the 27 from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants can read any book they wish. This is an opportunity for people who love books to network with those of like mind.

 High-Tech Card Making Class

On February 7, patrons of all ages are welcome to make a high tech-card just in time for Valentine’s Day. The unique thing about these cards will be the LED circuitry that will create lights in the card. The class is scheduled from noon until 1 p.m. All materials will be supplied. There is no cost to attend. 

Seed Swap planned for February 29 from 10 to noon. Participants can swap packets or saved seed with other people who enjoy gardening. No items will be sold. This is simply a swap.

Friday Story Times continue in February at 11 a.m. This is best suited for youngsters kindergarten and younger. There will be a story, age appropriate craft or activity, and snack.