Calendar of Events
January 12, 2013
Sign up, read ten books, and win prizes! A great way for grown-ups to beat the winter blues.
One Book, One City for Kids is an annual reading program that encourages all 4th graders in the city to read and discuss the same book. The program also strives to encourage a lifelong love of reading among students, to inspire readers to bring story ideas and themes to life through discussion, and to build collaborative ties between public libraries, school libraries, and area schools. This year the entire city will be reading Special Delivery! by Sue Stauffacher. In this book, ten-year-old Keisha and her family’s animal rescue center face more challenges involving a baby crow in a mailbox and a skunk found in the nearby community garden.
This is a creative movement dance class offered through the City of Grand Rapids’ Parks and Recreation Department for children ages 4-8 to develop rhythm, balance, flexibility and an appreciation of music and dance, while learning ballet and jazz steps. Requirements: ballet shoes. Register at www.recreationgr.us or call 616.456.3232.
This unique library-based program offered through the City of Grand Rapids’ Parks and Recreation Department, allows kids ages 3-6 to be creative physically as well as mentally. The first thirty minutes focuses on dance movements, including rhythm and coordination. Following the dance will be the library’s Pre-Reading Class for Kids. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity. Requirements: parent/guardian participation. Register at www.recreationgr.us or call 616.456.3232.
Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their preschool children, ages 3 to 5, to 45-minute classes featuring literacy-rich activities such as interactive storytelling using puppets, dramatic play, and hands-on fun. Related songs, fingerplays, and activities are interspersed between books. Classes end with a fun and creative art activity.
This is a more advanced class designed for those who already have a working knowledge of computers and the Internet. Students in this class will be introduced to Facebook. Facebook is a new way to communicate and share experiences with friends and family.