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Youth Spring Programs 2017

         All programs are free!


Weekly Programs that Require Registration 

Register in person, online (by clicking the above link),
or by phone at (248) 628-3034.

Registration for Spring Session 1 begins Monday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Registration for Spring Session 2 begins Monday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m.

Bitty Bops (Babies from birth - 23 months, with an adult lap)
Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes with your baby.  Please make other arrangements for siblings so this can be a special time with your child.
Mondays, 10:30 a.m. 
Session 1: February 27 through March 27
Session 2: April 17 through May 8

Toddler Storytime (Ages 24-35 months, with an adult lap)
Enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and activities with your toddler.  We want to make this a special time for you and your toddler, so please make other arrangements for siblings.
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. 
Session 1: February 28 through March 28  
Session 2: April 18 through May 9

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5 years)
Listen to stories, sing songs, learn fingerplays & rhymes.  Children should be able to listen independently for this class.  This is a great introduction for children to being in a group and following directions.
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. 
Session 1: March 2 through March 30
Session 2: April 20 through May 11

After-School Adventures (Grades K-2)
Listen to stories and be creative with arts and crafts and other activities.
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. 
Session 1: March 1 through March 29
Session 2: April 19 through May 10

Lego® Club (Grades 3-5)
Build amazing creations every week!  Each week you will have a different task to build something fun.
Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. 
Session 1: March 2 through March 30
Session 2: April 20 through May 11

Drop-In Programs, no registration needed

Wee Wednesdays (All ages, adult lap for children under 3)
Enjoy stoies, songs, rhymes and more in this storytime for all ages.
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 
Session 1: March 1 thorugh March 29
Session 2: April 19 through May 10

Teddy Tales (All ages, adult lap for children under 3)
Wear your PJs if you'd like and listen to stories, songs, rhymes and more!|
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Session 1: March 2 through March 30
Session 2: April 20 through May 11

Special Programs, registration required when noted

Family Book Bingo (Ages 5 and up) ***This Saturday***
Come to the library, play Bingo, and win books as prizes.  Bring the family and have a great time.
Saturday, February 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Registration is now open.  Note: Please sign up all family members who will attend.

Hunt for Hearts (All Ages)
During the month of February, we will be hiding paper hearths throughtout the Youth Dept.  If you find one and bring it to us at the Youth Desk, you'll be entered into a prize drawing for a soft and huggable prize.
February 1-29

Celebrating Two Centuries of Michigan Newspapers: 1809-2009
Exhibit from the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
January 6 - February 17
Come visit this fascinating exhibit celebrating the history of Michigan Newspapers.

Scavenger Hunt
Find a 'Newsie' around the Youth Department, bring it to the desk and get a small prize.
Through February 17

Newspaper Crafts (All ages)
Come make some creative craft projects using newspapers!
Saturday, February 11
Drop-in, no registration required

Lead: The Silent Killer (Lead Awareness Presentation - For Parents)
In order to bring lead poisoning awareness to the Oxford Community, Dr. Joe Tunac will talk about the history of lead poisoning and its health and social effects. This presentation is being coordinated with the Rotary Club of Oxford.
Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Registration is required.

S.T.E.A.M. Crafternoons
S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) is HERE at OPL.  Come visit our new S.T.E.A.M. Station.  Stop in anytime to explore the Station.  Each month you may also drop in for a Crafternoon featuring an art project that ties in with the S.T.E.A.M. Station activity of the month.

Saturday, February 18 - Hot Cocoa
Saturday, March 18 - Smelling
Saturday, April 22 - Seeing
Saturday, May 13 - Plants

Drop-in program, no registration needed

Rockin' in my Read Shoes! (March - May, All ages)
Pete the Cat is rockin' his 'READ' shoes.  Every time you read a book, ask us for a 'shoe'.  You can write your name on it and add it to Pete the Cat's stroll in the Youth Department.

March is 'Read to a Dog Month' (All ages)
Come to the library and read to a special thearapy dog.  

Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Call the library (248) 628-3034 or stop in to sign up for a 15 minute time slot.

April is Poetry Month (Ages 5-11)
Carry a poem in your pocket or choose one at the Youth Desk during the month of April.  Read it to a youth librarian and get entered into a raffle for a special poetry-themed prize.  Limit one entry per day.  Drawing will be held on April 28.

Spring Break Crafts (All ages)
Come make some crative craft projects using newspapers!
Saturday, April 1 through Saturday, April 8 (during regular library hours)
Drop in anytime while on break and enjoy a variety of spring crafts to make and take home.

Money Smart Week (April 22-29)
Drop into the Youth Department during Money Smart Week and have some fun with a money guessing jar and some other fun money-related activities.

***Special Family Program***
MythCrackers: Common Animal Myths (All ages) 
Are owls really wise?  Can a porcupine shoot its quills?  Do turtles come out of their shells? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this live animal presentation.  This program uses audience participation to address common animal myths and find out if they are 'correct' or 'cracked.'  Presented by the Howell Nature Center.
Monday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Drop-in, no registration needed

***Parent Resource Fairs***

Preschool Fair
Preschools from Oxford and the surrounding areas will be here to provide information to prospective parents about their preschool programs.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
4:30-7:30 p.m. (drop in)

Summer Camp Resource Fair
Program Directors and staff from area summer programs and camps will be available with information regarding their summer activity offerings.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
4:30-7:30 p.m. (drop in)

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.

How does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten work?

Getting Started – Pick up a free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log at Oxford Public Library and start reading beginning March 1, 2017.

Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, record it in your reading log.

Show Us Your Reading Logs – Each time you and your child reach a milestone bring in your reading log and collect your prize. Read 1,000 books before kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own.

*Thank you to the Oxford Library Friends for helping sponsor this program.*

Oxford Public Library