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At the Main Library in Eureka:      
       Children's Events in
April


 (for branch library events and storytimes please visit branch web pages)

Tuesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.  -- Free the Poetry!  Poetry Series
All Fools' Day Poetry Writing Workshop
with Poet Susan Wooldridge

School-aged children are welcome to join teens and adults for this all-ages  poetry class which will go till 8:30 p.m.  Poet Susan Wooldridge is the author of  Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words, among other books. Anne Lamott writes, "poemcrazy is a wonderful book, smart, wide-eyed, joyful, helpful, inspiring.  You're going to love it and love writing poetry more for having read it. "


Wednesday April 2, at 6:30 p.m., in the Large Meeting Room
Pajama Storytime
An evening storytime and simple craft event for young children and their families.  Children are welcome to wear pajamas for this informal event, but it's not a requirement.


Friday,April 4, at 10:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Weekly Story Hour   
 


Saturday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Baby Sign Workshop with Laura Hernandez

Sign language is a way to start communicating with your baby even before that baby can speak.  At this fun class there is time for individual and small group practice on signs, based on participants' needs.  Children are welcome at this informal workshop. 


Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room
Spring into Action: Stories and Games for Active Play

Join CalFRESH Activities Specialist Julie André and library staff for an evening of active stories, stretching and wiggling, and imaginative play for families. This program is designed for children 2-8 years old and their parents, but everyone is welcome. Sponsored by Changing Tides Family Services.


Friday, April 11, at 10:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Weekly Story Hour    



Friday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m.,  in the Storytime Room
Baby Read and Grow

Babies and their families are invited to share songs, fingerplays, and short stories at this early literacy event.  Following the program, there's time for play with developmentally appropriate toys and socializing for both parents and children. 


Saturday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m. in the Storytime Room
Toddler Storytime:
Bunnies and Baskets

Young children and their parents are invited to attend Toddler Storytime. Songs, fingerplays, short stories and brief puppet action highlight stories perfect for the season and for toddlers.  This program is designed to appeal to children between the ages of nine months and three years.



Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room
Family Literacy Night,
with Storyteller Seabury Gould

Seabury Gould is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and music teacher. He plays the guitar, bamboo flute, Irish bouzouki, piano, percussion and the Indian vina.  His music adds layers of meaning and mystery to his storytelling.  Families with children in attendance can receive a brand-new book, free, as part of the fun at his monthly event, sponsored by the Humboldt Literacy Project, First Five Humboldt and the Humboldt County Library.  The mission of the Humboldt Literacy Project is to provide Humboldt County adults the literacy skills they need to function on the job, in the family, and in the community.  They offer free and confidential services to all adults 16 years and over. For details, call the Humboldt Literacy Project at 445-3655.


Friday, April 18, at 10:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Weekly Story Hour
  

Friday, April 18. from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Library Parking Lot
First Five California
Hands-On Health Express!

The Health Express van will arrive in our parking lot to offer children healthy food activities, including a pretend Farmer's Market complete with play fruits and veggies to teach kids how to make healthy choices. They'll set up an activity zone with a large spin wheel of fun activities, inxluding coloring stations, hula hoops, beach balls, ribbon wands, music, and more to show ways physical activity can be fun.  Meanwhile parents can pick up useful freebies, tips and ideas for ways for kids to be super-healthy and have a great time while they build that health.


Friday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Weekly Story Hour  
  



Friday, April 25, at 11:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Baby Read and Grow

Babies and their families are invited to share songs, fingerplays, and short stories at this early literacy event.  Following the program, there's time for play with developmentally appropriate toys and socializing for both parents and children. 


Saturday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m. in the Storytime Room
Los Cuentos

Cuentos en espanol e ingles, con Raquel. 
Stories in Spanish and English, with Rachel.



Saturday, April 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room
Lemonade Day Workshop


Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room
Sing Me a Story 

Music adds its magic thread to the moods, mysteries, and marvels of storytelling.  This monthly series weaves stories and music together to delight audiences of children and adults.





More information about Library Programs:

All library events are free and open to the public.

Unless otherwise noted, all the library events above will take place either in the storytime/puppet room (off the Children's Room) or in Eureka's Main Library meeting room on the first floor, opening off the lobby.  That's the door to your left as you enter the building.   

The Library's programs and services are intended to be accessible to people with disabilities.  Please call if you have specific questions about access, and let us know if you require assistance.  For general information about accessibility at the Main Library in Eureka,
click here. 

For further information on children's programs, call JoAnn Bauer at 269-1910.


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Last Month's Children's Events (March)

 


Saturday, March 1, at 11:30 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Baby Sign Workshop with Laura Hernandez
Sign language is a way to start communicating with your baby even before that baby can speak.  At this fun class there is time for individual and small group practice on signs, based on participants' needs.  Children are welcome at this informal workshop. 


Wednesday March 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the large meeting room
Share-a-Story: It's Lambing Time
Share a Story is an opportunity for families come together for an hour of fun with a focus on reading.  This event includes stories, a video clip, activities and crafts.   Each participating family will also receive a free book. This program is co-sponsored by KEET TV’s Ready to Learn Service and First 5 Humboldt.


Friday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Weekly Story Hour    
 

Saturday, March 8, at 11:00 a.m. in the Storytime Room
Toddler Storytime:  It's Spring
Young children and their parents are invited to attend Toddler Storytime. Songs, fingerplays, short stories and brief puppet action highlight stories perfect for the season and for toddlers.  This program is designed to appeal to children between the ages of nine months and three years.



Saturday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the Storytime Room
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
Celebrate with all things Seuss! Stories; crafts, games, and activities that go with the stories; and a video clip from the PBS show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That.



Friday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Weekly Story Hour    



Friday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m.,  in the Storytime Room
Baby Read and Grow
Babies and their families are invited to share songs, fingerplays, and short stories at this early literacy event.  Following the program, there's time for play with developmentally appropriate toys and socializing for both parents and children. 



Wednesday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room
Family Literacy Night with Storyteller Ross Mackinney
Ross has been juggling, telling stories, and studying folklore since his youth. He began performing professionally in 1979. He studied Celtic Folklore at UC Berkeley, and in Wales, where he found opportunities to perform at local festivals and for the BBC television and radio. Since 1988, Ross has taught juggling, drama, and speech to students of all ages in addition to his performing career.  Families with children in attendance can receive a brand-new book, free, as part of the fun at his monthly event, sponsored by the Humboldt Literacy Project, First Five Humboldt and the Humboldt County Library.  The mission of the Humboldt Literacy Project is to provide Humboldt County adults the literacy skills they need to function on the job, in the family, and in the community.  They offer free and confidential services to all adults 16 years and over. For details, call the Humboldt Literacy Project at 445-3655.
  

Friday, March 21, at 10:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Weekly Story Hour   



Wednesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room
Sing Me a Story with Storyteller Ali Freedlund
Ali Freedlund has lived on the north coast for over 30 years. She worked with Human Nature Theatre Productions out of Petrolia, California for over a decade and loves to perform. Many of her stories are a celebration of this beautiful area and the many creatures that live here. Through her stories, she hopes to empower people of all ages to love and appreciate this place and each other.  Music adds its magic thread to the moods, mysteries, and marvels of storytelling.  This monthly series weaves stories and music together to delight audiences of children and adults.



Friday, March 28, at 10:00 a.m., in the Storytime Room
Weekly Story Hour    



Friday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m.,  in the Storytime Room
Baby Read and Grow
Babies and their families are invited to share songs, fingerplays, and short stories at this early literacy event with volunteer Ilene Harris.  Following the program, there's time for play with developmentally appropriate toys and socializing for both parents and children. 



Saturday, March 29, at 1:00 p.m. in the Storytime Room
Los Cuentos
Cuentos en espanol e ingles, con Raquel. 
Stories in Spanish and English, with Rachel.


Saturday, March 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room
The Fratello Marionettes in --
Aladdin!
Take an exciting puppet-theater adventure with Aladdin, the well-known legend from the Arabian Nights.  Watch as Aladdin thwarts the evil sorcerer, discovers the magical lamp, befriends the powerful genie, and saves the princess. Traditional music and intricate costumes showcase storytelling from ancient cultures of the Far East. Utilizing dramatic staging, the Fratello Marionettes present this magical tale as it has never been seen before.  The Fratello Marionettes are based in the San Francisco Bay Area and have a busy schedule performing around the Western United States.. The men behind the magic are Kevin Menegus and Fred C. Riley III, skilled puppeteers who have studied and performed with international puppet theaters. Fred grew up in Humboldt County -- where he was first exposed to puppetry in his local library! These puppeteers make each marionette by hand, with care, and they enjoy explaining how the marionettes work to interested audience members.  

 

 

 

 


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