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S.T.R.E.A.M -ing at the Library

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Get caught up in the fun of learning with the new line-up of S.T.R.E.A.M.-ing programs.  You've heard about "S.T.E.M." (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in the schools.  Well, "S.T.R.E.A.M." (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math) is our expanded, mixed-up and compelling version aimed at elementary school age children.  We will combine all of these topics to turn learning in to play.  Best of all, we will get young brains thinking!

Library STREAM paper airplane
Thursday, January 29th at 4:00 pm

Focus on the physics of flight.  Find out how air currents make planes fly, then test your theories and skills to see who can build the best paper airplane!  We'll cap it off with a paper airplane flying contest. 
Recommended for children in 2nd through 6th grades.  All materials are provided.  No registration is required.

STREAM - scratch Feb
Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00 pm
2nd Floor Computer Lab
Explore the basics of computer programing using the Scratch graphical interface.  Create a simple game of chase while learning to string together lines of code.  This free program is recommended for children in 3rd through 6th grades. 
Registration is required, space is limited.  Sign up by calling the Library at 253.841.5454 or at the Children's Desk. 

Thursday, February 26th at 4:00 pm
Celebrate National Engineers Week by building a Lego car that's balloon or rubber ban powered.  Focus on engineering and physics to see how fast and far your car will travel.  Can you make it smash through walls?  Recommended for 2nd through 6th graders.  This is a FREE program with no registration required.

Look for more activities to be announced in the coming months! 

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 7th

Take your Child Day Annual

Join libraries across the country as we celebrate a fun day at your favorite library!  Throughout the day, we will have plenty of fun FREE activities to do while visiting the library.  The day will be packed with crafts, stories, reading to a therapy dog and even some game time.  Save this date!

Schedule of Events:

lego TYCLD 2015
11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Lego My Library Storytime
Build Lego creations inspired by the story of the day!  Recommended for families with children ages 4 to 8 years old.

12:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Make and Take Craft

Drop by any time to create something silly.  Design your own unique elephant to celebrate the day.  All ages welcome! 

UNO TYCLD 20151:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Uno Card Game Playing
Stop by and play a game of Uno with other families!  This popular card game can be made easy or hard, you decide your level of difficulty.  Bring your own deck of cards or share a deck from the Library. All ages of Uno players are invited.

Library Clover Reading to Dogs 2015
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Reading With a Doggie Friend

clover the therapy dog will be in the Library! Stop by to read her a book.  This lovable Dalmatian loves listening to stories.  Recommended for children who want a little practice reading aloud. 

Star Party

Wednesday, February 11th
5:30pm to 7:30 pm

Star Party 2015
Become a rocket scientist while creating your very own stomp rocket!  Then test out your building skills by launching your own rocket in Pioneer Park.  If the weather permits, our astronomer friends from the Tacoma Astronomical Society will bring out their telescopes for star viewing.  Hot chocolate will be served to keep everybody warm.  This is a FREE all-ages program, no registration is required.

Read with a Princess!

A Special Lego My Library with the Daffodil Princesses
Saturday, February 14th, 11:00 am
Saturday, March 14th, 11:00 am

Read with a Princess 2015
Come enjoy a special storytime with local royalty!  The Princesses will read stories, talk with the children and be available for photos.  Then stick around for some Lego building brick fun!  FREE with no registration required.
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Hooked on Reading!

Saturday, February 28th, 11:00 am

One Fish
Come celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday at a special Lego My Library storytime!  As part of United Way of Pierce County's "Read Across the County" festivities, this storytime will feature a reading of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?  Gets readers include Daffodil Princesses and Sgt. Monica Sobbenavides.  Join us for stories, Lego building for budding engineers, as well as fun arts and crafts. 

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  • Storytimes

    Winter/Spring Storytimes begin January 9th!  For more information about storytimes click here

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  • Reading with a Doggie Friend

    Clover the Dalmatian loves to listen to a good book!  This trained therapy dog visits the Library on a regular basis and provides kids with a no-pressure situation to practice their reading skills.  Plus, who doesn't love curling up with a good book and a sweet dog who loves to listen?  And don't worry if you make a mistake or say a word wrong, Clover is just happy to see you.
    Library Clover Reading to Dogs 2015


    Clover -Saturdays, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    December 27th,
    January 17th and 24th
    February 7th
    April 18th
    May 16th

  • Play to Learn in the Community

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    Play to Learn is a FREE collaborative program for children ages six and under and the adults who care for them.  Thematic curriculum invites individual play, engaging activities, songs and a whole group circle time for children and adults to enjoy together!  Play to Learn is a FREE drop-in program facilitated by the Children's Museum of Tacoma.

    Play to Learn in the Community returns Tuesday, January 6th! For more information and the full schedule, click here.

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