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Fall Children's Programming at Greenfield Library

Greetings GPL Blog Readers! 

Our Fall schedule is filling out with great activities for kids and adults.  This installment of the blog will cover great activities planned for children and teens at Greenfield Library.  We hope your youngsters will get a lot out of these fun programs! 

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Talk like a Pirate Day (Grades 1-5)

Thursday, September 18th  3:30-4:30 PM

We’ll be celebrating International “Talk like a Pirate Day” (September 19th ) by talking like pirates, making pirate hats, and plundering for booty.  Arrgh!  

Library Zoo (All Ages)
Saturday, October 11th 10:00 AM-3:00 PM.
Are you and Animal lover or nature enthusiast? Come visit the library to learn about all kinds of cool animals from around the world and pets from around the corner. On hand  will be animal experts from the Wildlife in Need Center, the Elephant Sanctuary, the Wisconsin Humane Society, Cream City Feathered Friends, and local animal hospitals, vets and pet stores. Have a portrait of your pet drawn,  enter a drawing to win prizes for you and your favorite furry friend, meet a Greenfield Police K9 officer, and see all the amazing books the library has on animals of all kinds-- the familiar ones,  the unique ones, and  even get a chance to see some  unusual animals up close, so bring your camera!

Teen Read Week Read-a-thon
Saturday, October 18th 10:00 AM -2:30 PM
To celebrate Teen Read Week, the library will be hosting a read-at-hon for middle and high school students on in the library’s Community Room.  There will be prize drawings every hour and a pizza lunch at 12:30.  To register for this event email or call the library at 414-321-9595. 

Trick or Treat at the Library (All Ages)
Tuesday, October 28th 6:30-7:30 PM

Come dressed up in your Halloween costume and, with flashlights in hand, read some great Halloween stories under our blanket forts.  Then, eat some Halloween snacks and stop by the Reference Desk to get some candy! Adults must stay with younger children.   

Gingerbread House Competition
Thursday, December 4th 3:00-4:30 PM
Middle and high school students are invited to participate in our gingerbread house competition.  Make 2 gingerbread houses-- one to take home and one for the library to put on display.  Prizes will be awarded to the best gingerbread houses.  This event is free and all materials will be provided.  To register for this event email or call the library at 414-321-9595. 

Fall Story Times
Stories of the Animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Each week we’ll have stories about a different animal from the Chinese Zodiac. Story times are on Mondays at 6:30PM, Tuesdays at 10:30AM and 4PM. Sessions start September 8th, and run until November 25th. Caregivers stay with the children during the program.
Registration begins August 25, 2014. Register with a librarian at a reference desk, or from the children’s page on our website,   Story time meets in the story corner of the Children’s Library.   

Baby & Toddler Lap Sit
All babies and toddlers are welcome to a morning of stories, rhymes, songs, and playtime.  The best way for any child to start his or her day!!  Lap Sit programs are on Wednesdays from 10:30- 11AM in the story corner of the Children’s Library.  Babies from 6 months to 2 years are welcome.  Sessions start September 17, and run until November 19th. Caregivers stay with their children during the program.  

Pajama Story Times

One Saturday a month, after the library is closed, we open the Community Room for a special pajama story time. Children are invited to come in their pj’s or regular clothes, and to bring pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals. Truly fun for the whole family! Programs start at 6PM. Doors unlocked at 5:50PM. Dates are September 20th, October 18th, and November 15th.   

Family Game Night – Third Tuesday of the Month – 6PM-8PM

Clear your calendar for a night of games and fun at Greenfield Library!  Every third Tuesday of the month, the Community Room will be home to a great family activity.  Borrow one of our games or bring some from home.  Plus, there will be popcorn!  Can it get any better!  We’re looking for families to have fun playing some great games. Family Game Nights are scheduled for September 16th , October 21st , November 18th , January 20th (no program in December).    

Kids Krafts!! (Grades 1-4)

2nd  Thursdays of the month --September 11th , October 9th , November 13th – from 6-7PM. Stop by for arts and crafts.  You never know what we’ll make next!!  Adults must stay with younger children for assistance.   

Lego Club ( Grades K-5)

1st and 3rd  Thursdays of the month-- September 4th  and 18th , October 2nd  and 16th, November 6th  and 20th from 6-7PM.  Come join the club for aspiring Master Builders!!  LEGOS and Mega Bloks will be provided.

Puzzle the Tail Waggin’ Tutor

If you have a reluctant or struggling young reader in your family who could benefit from some gentle encouragement, this just might be the help you’re looking for.  Puzzle, an Australian shepherd, is a trained, licensed therapy dog that would love to spend time with your child.  Children read out loud in a relaxing, non-threatening environment, giving them the confidence they need to allow their reading skills to grow.  30 minute sessions are available on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:30PM September 10th -December 17th.  For more information or to make a reservation, please call Peter at 414-321-9595 ext. 118. 

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The following are events intended for adult audiences, but children and teens would be welcome as well… 

Scale Boating Hobby Presentation -
Saturday, September 13th  1-2:30 PM

Looking for an interesting new hobby?  Would you love to see some gorgeous model boats?  Mr. Richard Sterle, President of the Wisconsin Scale Boating Association and members of this organization will be at Greenfield Library to discuss his organization and his group’s hobby of building static and radio controlled model ships and boats.  Come and view boats and ask questions about this fun hobby.  Kids and adults encouraged to attend!  Come try something new and see some beautiful boats! 

Local Author David Miles “The DOA Who Made It” - Wednesday, October 1st 6:30-7:30PM

You never know when your time will come.  Local author David Miles visits Greenfield Library to discuss his harrowing near-death experience after his motorcycle was plowed into at a stoplight by a car.  Mr. Miles uses his discussion to talk about the importance of wearing a helmet for both bicycle and motorcycle riders.  This shocking, yet informational talk is just as important to adults as children.   

Jim Rice “92 Years: The Packers-Bears Rivalry” - Thursday, October 30th 7-8 PM

From George Halas to Vince Lombardi, from Curly Lambeau to Dick Butkus to Aaron Rodgers and beyond, the competition between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears has been fierce and heated for nearly a century.  Local author and football historian Jim Rice visits Greenfield Library to discuss his new book “92 Years! Bears-Packers 1921-2013” and the rich rivalry between these historic gridiron foes just days before the teams’ NFL-record 190th showdown with each other.  Mr. Rice will highlight the games that made this rivalry storied and then discuss the antics both on and off the field that made the rivalry the most legendary in American sports. 

“Open Your Mailbox to the World:  Postcards and the Postcrossing Project” – Wednesday, November 5th – 6:30-7:30 PM

Are you intrigued by mail, stamps and postcards?  Would you like to send and receive postcards from around the world?  Postcrossing is a project that allows anyone to receive real postcards from random places in the world.  Come to this informational session to learn about how the project works, initial expenses (stamps, postcards, etc.), deciding what to write and much more.  See sample postcards and get hooked on this addictive and global project.  All ages are welcome to attend. 

William Pack “The Essential Houdini” - Wednesday, November 19th 6:30-7:30PM

He was a prison breaker, a lock and hand cuff king, an actor, a fraud debunker, a magician, and a legend.  The name ‘Harry Houdini’ is synonymous with magic and much more.  Fellow magician and speaker William Pack digs deep into the mythical status of Houdini and brings to life the true story of this American icon, and even performs some of Houdini’s tricks.  This program is ideal for teens, adults and families with older children (9+) who want to learn about this great and mysterious man with Wisconsin ties. 

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Thank you very much for reading our blog!  Our next installment will contain Adult Programming activities coming up in fall.  We look forward to seeing you here soon at Greenfield Library.

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