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By Becky Iwen
Sweetwater County Library System 

Fall fills with fun youth activities at the library


With the end of summer reading fast approaching the library has been overrun with excited youth turning in their reading logs for books and prizes. Many of them have the $100 cash drawing is sight and are working hard to reach the 2,000 minutes needed to enter.

The reading program will end on Aug. 15, so there is still time to turn in those reading logs!

With the change of seasons on the horizon we have turned our attentions to the fall. This year we are offering Story Time and STEM Story Time for ages three to five, Toddler Time for newborns to tow years of age, Early Out Wednesdays and Super Saturdays for school-aged children and their families as well as middle school and high school programs.

Story time begins again with the beginning of school. In order to offer Story Time to as many children as possible Story Time will be offered Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sharing the experience of Story Time with children can help foster and encourage a lifelong love of books and reading. Story Time incorporates letters, numbers, sign language and many other common core and early literacy skills through games, songs, books and crafts. Story Time is created especially for children three to five years in age. With different themes each week we provide an engaging activity for preschoolers and their families. Our first Story Times of the fall will be on Aug. 25 and 26. The theme is “Library Detectives!”

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. In a preschool environments, similar to Story Time, children can explore science-based learning and develop knowledge though their natural curiosity. In STEM Story Time -- a new program the Sweetwater County Library is offering this fall -- we will explore a variety of topics helping children to explore, observe, ask questions, and predict, using science, technology, engineering and math-based activities. STEM Story Time will be on select Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

This fall we will also be host a number of library favorite activities. The Harry Potter Party on Oct. 10 from 1-3 p.m. This year’s party will focus on the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, “The Goblet of Fire.” New activities will include challenges from the Tri-Wizard Tournament, the Yule Ball and finally the rise of He Who Must Not Be Named. Old favorites will also be featured including the house sorting and Ollivander’s Fine Wands.

Middle school and high school-aged youth will also find a large variety of events and activities at the library. To kick off the fall we are hosting a Henna body art event. On Aug. 27 from 3:30-7:30 p.m., learn about the history of henna, and apply your own henna design.

If you’re in grades five through eight, join us after school on Thursdays. Every week we will be playing board games, having study time and learning about the library’s homework help resources, watching movies or discovering new books. Drop in every week or whenever works for you.

Also on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. high schoolers are welcome to join us for board games, study time and college prep, movies, and new books!

For teens and adults, October will feature a Poetry Jam. On Oct. 29 from 5-7:30 p.m., join us for an open-mic night of poetry, spoken word, and acoustic music. Sign-ups for performers is from 4-5 p.m.


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