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Brainerd Memorial Library: February 2019 Activities & Events

Submitted by Marissa Lehmacher and Laurie Gardner.

ADULT PROGRAMS

The Softer Side of Celtic with Jeff Snow

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

 The Softer Side of Celtic combines the music, stories and a wee bit of history from Scotland, Ireland and England into a program that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There will be singing, laughing, clapping and perhaps a bit of foot stomping. We might see a few tears as we hear the story of John Hunt who came to America in 1855. John settled in Aberdeen Maryland, found a job, got married, had children and spent the rest of his life in Aberdeen. He never returned to Ireland and never saw his family again. When John came to America he was 13. Their only communication was the annual family letter that told John the family news.  The letters were discovered in the 1970’s and became the foundation for the Ballad of Kilkelly Ireland.

 Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays the music and tells the stories behind the songs. He plays six and twelve string guitar, autoharp, Celtic Bouzouki and Bodhran  

 As a skilled guitar player, Jeff has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine and is a contributing writer to Acoustic Guitar Magazine and Autoharp Quarterly.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime takes place every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.  Join us for themed stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.   Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.

Saturday Storytime

Can’t make preschool storytime during the week?  Join us on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.  Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.

Music with Margie

In February, Music with Margie will take place on Thursday, February 7th at 10:30 a.m. and the theme is “Friendship”.  Margie’s multi-sensory program builds skills on a bi-weekly basis, in order for children to reach the developmental goals they need to enter kindergarten.  Margie brings items for children to play with such as beanbags, scarves, puppets, and instruments.  Music with Margie is appropriate for children ages 2 to 6.

Toddler Tunes

Toddler Tunes is a music and movement program for toddlers and their caregivers.  Join us to sing nursery rhymes, dance, make music, and read a simple story.  Ms. Kelly brings musical instruments. In February, Toddler Tunes will meet on the 14th, 21st, and 28th at 10:30 a.m.  Appropriate for children ages 1 to 3, but siblings are always welcome.

LEGO™ Club

Like playing with Legos?  Come build with us!  Each month will feature one unique theme and one free build.  Lego creations will be put on display until the next session.   Lego Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Peppa Pig Party!

The Brainerd Children’s Department is having a Peppa Pig Party to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day!  Join us on Saturday, February 2nd from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. for Peppa Pig stories, crafts, snacks and a visit from a real pot-bellied pig!   It’ll be more fun than jumping in muddy puddles!

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Advisory Board

Is back for the school year!  What can your library do for you?  Join BML’s Teen Advisory Board to find out!  The TAB will meet on Thursday February 7th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Voice your ideas for improved young adult (YA) services, help plan YA events and activities, help develop the YA collection, and assist with Children’s programming.  Participation counts toward community services hours and looks great on college and job applications! Contact Kristen at kcarpentier@brainerdlibrary.org or call us at 860-345-2204.  It’s your library… make a difference!  For tweens and teens grades 6 to 12.

Cupcake Lab

No competition, just fun! We provide the cupcakes and decorating supplies, and you decorate them to create unique cupcakes.  Each month has a new science based theme!  This month’s theme is Entomology (the study of Insects)! Cupcake Lab will take place on Thursday, February 21st from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  For tweens and teens grades 6 through 12.

Pop-Up Teen Craft Night

Drop in any time after school Thursday, February 14th to make your very own Valentine or card!  Supplies will be in the teen space; feel free to get creative!  This is appropriate for all tweens and teens grades 6-12.

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