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The East End Branch Library in North Church Hill is in full bloom when it comes to activities for children, teens, and adults. Julie Rogers, Children’s Programming Director at the bustling neighborhood library, gave us a full rundown of the lineup for May and June. Many of these events have been ongoing for some time; others are new to the lineup and reflect requests from members of the community.
May the Fourth be with you
On Wednesday, May 4th at 3:00 PM, the library will celebrate Star Wars Day with a screening of the latest film, The Force Awakens. Snacks will be provided at the free event.
Make Mom a card
This Friday, May 6th, kids and teens can drop by and create their own unique card at a Mothers Day DIY card-making session. The library will provide all the construction paper and other supplies to create a special gift for mom. Come by anytime; the activity will be available while supplies last.
Color like an adult (or don’t!)
On May 14th, the East End Branch picks up on the latest trend, adult coloring books, with a teen coloring day. Everyone is welcome to come by and fill in an intricately designed coloring page; art quality colored pencils will be provided, or feel free to bring your own supplies for a unique design all your own.
Learn relaxation techniques
On May 17th at 6:00 PM, a free meditation class is offered.
Direction from teens, for teens
Building on its commitment to ensure its programming and services are meeting the needs of the community, and after hearing feedback from teens, the library will hold the first meeting of its newly-formed Teen Advisory Group on Thursday, May 19th at 4:30 PM. Teens are invited to swing by to give their thoughts and opinions on programming, suggest new books to add to the library’s collection, and more-and best of all, participation could qualify as community service hours. The group aims to fill a perceived gap in programming between the children and adult age ranges. “We get a good amount of adults and good amount of children coming in, but teens come in and out but they don’t have a lot of programming choices,” Rogers said of starting the group. “I’d like to get an advisory group going so we can provide programs for them.”
There are many ongoing family events, too. Family storytime continues every Tuesday in May at 6:30 PM at the library; toddler storytime is held every Wednesday at 10:00 AM.
Summer reading fest
On June 18th, the library’s summer reading program begins with a community event to kick it off. The grassy lot across the street from the branch will be transformed into an area full of family friendly activities, local vendors from noon until 2:30 PM. All are welcome at this free event that aims to bring the community together and foster a love of reading all summer long.