Columbia Heights Public Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE, offers the following upcoming events. Info: Brianna Belanger, Youth Services Librarian, 763-706-3683, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cortni O’Brien, Adult Services Librarian, 763-706-3690, 763-706-3681, email@example.com.
Storytime @ the Library: Jan. 6-Feb. 20.
Family Storytime: Mondays, 10:30-11 am. Share books, songs, and rhymes with your children at this story time designed to promote school readiness in 2- to 5-year-olds. Librarians, caregivers, and children will sing, talk, read, write and play together to build early literacy skills. Siblings are also welcome.
Baby Read, Baby Grow: Thursdays, 10:30-11 am. Baby Read, Baby Grow is a program for infants ages birth-24 months and their parents and caregivers. Join them at the library for read-aloud stories, sing-a-longs, activities and lots of fun. Baby Read, Baby Grow is free and is part of the early literacy collaboration between the library and the Columbia Heights School District’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE).
4-H Junior Kitchen: Mondays, Dec. 9 and 16, 5-6:30 pm. Join them for a nutrition program led by teen teachers. Play games and learn how to prepare healthy recipes. Dec. 9: Fruits and Veggies, Dec. 16: Convenience and Fast Foods. For grades 3-5. Registration required.
Canta y Baila Conmigo: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10:30 am. Música y movimiento en español. Join them for an innovative music and movement class in Spanish. Classes promote cognitive, language, motor, and social skills. Designed for beginners and native speakers alike. For children 0-5 and their caregivers. Registration required. This program is funded thanks to the Friends of the Columbia Heights Public Library.
LEGO Challenge: Wedesdays, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, and Feb. 12, 4-5 pm. Do you love all things LEGO? They’ll provide the LEGOs, you bring the imagination. For grades K-6. No registration required.
*STEAM Saturdays: Science Storytellers: Saturday, Dec. 28, 11:30 am. Enjoy an interactive story that incorporates science experiments and audience participation to bring the story, “Aliens: Escape from Earth” to life! For families. No registration required.
Puttin’ on the Ritz: Monday, Dec. 30, 2 pm. Silver and gold papers, mylar, sequins, feathers, jewels, and more are used to create your fantastic hat for New Year’s Eve. Complete the look with a shaker or horn that you create from reused materials like tubes, cones, and rubber hose. Now you are ready to ring in the New Year. This program is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Grades 1-5. Registration required.
Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 11:30-12:15 pm. Ring in the new year a bit early at the library. They will count down to 12 (noon) with stories, songs, dancing, and crafts. For kids 5 and under. Registration not required.
Toddler Play Date: Tuesday’s, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, 10:30 am. Join them for a special play date. Hang out and play with their toys, listen to music and meet some new friends. For caregivers and children from birth to preschool age. No registration required.
*Blues Workshop for Kids: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2 pm. Learn about blues history and how to play the harmonica from a professional blues musician. Grades 3-6. Registration required.
*STEAM Saturdays: Motor Power: Saturday, Jan. 25, 11:30 am. Experiment with simple circuits, learn how motors work, and create your own wigglebot to take home. Grades 3-5. Registration required.
STEAM Saturday: Birds by Ear: Saturday, Feb. 29, 11:30 am. Join them for an ‘ears-on’ experience to learn some of the birds that are in Minnesota in February, so you can start to build you knowledge of your feathered neighbors. Beginners definitely welcome. For families. No registration required.
Craft Lab: Smart Phone Photography: Friday, Dec. 27, 2 pm. Nowadays, most of us keep our phones with us all the time, which means most of us have a camera with us at all times, too. With the advances in smartphone design, and accessible user-friendly apps, awesome shots are now within your reach. This class is dedicated to helping you understand and navigate the basic elements of smartphone photography, how to take a great shot on your phone, what editing apps to use, how to share and print your images, and keep them safe. Must bring your own phone. Grades 6 and up. Registration required.
Teen Service Day: Humane Society: Saturday, Feb. 1, 11-1 pm. Need service hours for a class or school group? Want to give back? Help create toys for dogs that they’ll donate to their local Humane Society location. Grades 6 and up. No registration required.
Graphic Novel Book Club @ Columbia Academy: Tuesday, Dec. 17 and Feb. 18, 3:30-5 pm. Love graphic novels? Want to learn how to create your own comic? Join them after school the third Tuesday of the month to discuss your favorite graphic novels, play games, and connect with other graphic novel lovers.
*This program is partially funded with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 84.287, Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IV B-21 Century Community Learning Centers. The content of this program does not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or the Minnesota Department of Education.