Columbia Heights child and teen library programs
Columbia Heights Public Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE, is offering a variety of upcoming programs for children and teens. Info: 763-706-3690 or anokacounty.us/2619/Columbia-Heights-Public-Library. Programs include:
Stay at Home Storytime: Mondays through Nov. 16, 10:30 am, virtually share books, songs, and rhymes at this storytime designed to promote school readiness in 2 to 5-year-olds.
Stroller Storytime at Labelle Park: Thursdays, Sept. 17 and 24, and Oct. 1 and 8, 10:30-11 am, read stories and sing songs at Labelle Park, and stroll around LaBelle Pond. For infants ages birth to 24 months and their parents or caregivers. Registration required.
Story Strolls: The library teams up with Parks and Recreation to bring stories outdoors this fall. Large story pages will be placed throughout featured parks. Read a story as you walk along the park trails. Strolls will be up at 10 am the first day and taken down at 4 pm the following day. Dates: Sept. 29-30 at Ramsdell, Oct. 13-14 at Sullivan, Oct. 27-28 at LaBelle, and Nov. 17-18 at Prestemon.
Virtual LEGO Challenge: Wednesdays, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11, check in online to get the monthly challenge. Share your creations at @ColumbiaHeightsPublicLibrary on Facebook. Tag the library at #LEGOCHPL.
Family Discovery: The library and Parks and Recreation have teamed up to offer socially-distanced outdoor performances for families in the parks. Registration required: The Native Pride Dancers, Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:30 am, at Huset Park East; Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater’s “Lupita Doesn’t Want to go to Sleep,” Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10:30 am, at Huset Park East (performed in English and Spanish); a Raptor Center program, Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 am, at Huset Park East; and Geocaching, Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10:30 am and 11:30 am, at Silverwood Park.
Encore in the Parks: Minnesota Geochemistry, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2 pm, at Huset Park East. Go back in time in Minnesota to better understand why the land here looks like it does today. Solve a sandy mystery and get a little messy with “lava” and a bit crazy with calcium carbonate. For grades 3-6. Registration required.
Mica Lee Anders: Story Quilts: Friday, Nov. 13, at 11 am, inspired by African American quilting traditions and styles–such as scrap quilts and story quilts–students will combine painting, fabric, and visual storytelling to create pieces of art that share personal stories, biographies, or stories written in preparation for the residency. Participants will learn about famous quilters and see some of their work. This program will premiere on the library Facebook page and be available for viewing for two weeks.
Tween Book Club: Tuesdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 27, and Nov. 24, at 3 pm, pick up your book and supplies at the library and then join the monthly virtual meeting to discuss the book, play games, and create. For grades 4-6. Registration required.
Grab and Go Discovery Kits: October and November, pick up a monthly activity kit at the library filled with a variety of age-appropriate projects and activities. Available for birth-K, 1-5, or 6 and up. October kits available for pick up beginning Sept. 30. Registration required.
Manga Workshop: Thursday, Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct. 16, 2-3:30 pm, Huset Park East. This workshop will introduce the history of Manga, the difference between Eastern and Western comics, and storytelling methods and structure. Participants will learn basic drawing to sequential narrative layout while making a Manga. For grades 6 and up. Registration required. Youth should attend both sessions.