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West Bloomfield Township Public Library News and Programs
 
Students in 6th through 12th grade can learn technology skills and have fun at a series of hands-on maker workshops, including 3Doodler Art, Tinkercad, Stop Motion Animation, Game Design with Bloxels, and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Playground. Find complete descriptions and dates for maker labs on the Library's Event Calendar at www.westbloomfieldlibrary.org.


New Book Kits for 3rd to 5th Grades
The Library’s new youth book kits have everything parents and children need for a great book discussion. Each of the 23 kits includes six copies of a book, discussion questions, a summary and reviews of the book, and a biography of the author. Titles are available in 3rd to 5th grade reading levels and include fiction and nonfiction books and one graphic novel.

The experience of reading and discussing a book together has benefits for children and adults.
Discussing a book improves verbal and critical thinking skills. It helps children learn to listen to others, consider their perspectives, analyze what is said and articulate a response.

Shared reading helps children learn vocabulary. Books can teach words that children might not hear in everyday conversation.

When parents are part of a book discussion, they become reading role models for their children and demonstrate that reading is enjoyable no matter what your age.

Children and parents can bond over books. Sharing the experience of reading and discussing the same book strengthens relationships and creates great memories.

The book kits are part of the Library’s initiative to help children Grow Up Reading™. They are available in the Main Library Youth Services room and can be checked out by anyone with a West Bloomfield Library card in good standing. Kits can be delivered to the Westacres Branch for pickup there. For a list of book kit titles, go to the “Great Reads” page on the Library’s website for elementary students: www.WB-Buzz.org

Funtales (For all ages)
Saturday, February 23 at 11 AM
Main Library Meeting Room
Bring your funny bone and thinking cap as Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams brings his trademark wit, wisdom and humor in a highly interactive, entertaining and educational storytelling adventure to celebrate Black History Month. No registration is required.

Creative Families (For all ages)
Saturday, February 23 at 2 PM
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Do you and your child like to draw, paint and make crafts? Drop in for open-ended activities that encourage families to explore, use their creativity and express their originality through craft projects. No registration is required.

Little Artists (Recommended for ages 2 to 5)
Monday, February 25 at 10 AM
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Get creative at the Library. Use your imagination, originality and exploration skills to create open-ended crafts and take an artistic adventure. The possibilities are endless. No registration is required.

Rock ‘N’ Read (Recommended for ages birth to 5)
Tuesday, February 26 at 10 AM
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Rock the morning away with books, fingerplays and music. This interactive storytime encourages participation from children and caregivers while promoting early literacy skills, music and movement, and cognitive growth. No registration is required.

Terrific Tots (Recommended for ages 1 to 3)
Wednesday, February 27 at 10 AM and 11 AM
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Kick start your child’s learning and encourage a love of reading while joining us for a language-rich storytime. We combine stories, fingerplays, music and movement so active toddlers can learn while they play. Hands-on activities help develop early literacy, cognitive, social, math, sensory and gross motor skills. Registration is required. Go to www.westbloomfieldlibrary.org and click “Event Calendar” or call (248) 232-2250.

Game Design with Bloxels (For students in 6th through 12th grades)
Wednesday, February 27 from 4:30 to 8 PM
Main Library Meeting Room
Create your own video game with Bloxels. Bloxels are small colored blocks that are laid out in a tray to create 8-bit style characters, objects, backgrounds and other game components. Using the Bloxel app, your block designs will be imported into a video game that you and others can play. No registration is required.

¡Cuentos y Canciones! (Recommended for ages 2 to 5)
Thursday, February 28 at 10 AM
Main Library Youth Activity Center
This interactive dual-language storytime for parents and children helps lay the foundation for a second language. Through movement activities, songs, stories and games, you and your child can learn Spanish in a relaxed and fun environment. No registration is required.

Discover, Play and Learn (Recommended for ages birth to 5)
Thursday, February 28 at 11:30 AM
Main Library Youth Activity Center
Learning is powered by play during this family playtime. Children and adults can interact, play and learn with a variety of activities, along with time to socialize. Each session features a community resource professional who will speak informally with parents and caregivers on a variety of topics. During February’s session, an Early Childhood Consultant from Oakland County Early On will discuss nighttime routines. Bedtime challenges can be common in many households. Let an expert provide simple strategies to create a better nighttime routine. Bring your questions about bedtime concerns and leave with ideas to make bedtime more peaceful for you and your child.
No registration is required.

Books and Babies (For pre-walking infants, ages birth to 12 months)
Friday, March 1 at 10 AM
Main Library Youth Activity Center
It’s never too early to introduce babies to books. Stimulate your baby’s brain development through movement, rhymes, fingerplays, puppets, books and creative gross motor skill activities. This is an interactive program designed to build positive communication between baby and caregiver. Registration is required. Go to www.westbloomfieldlibrary.org and click “Event Calendar” or call (248) 232-2250.