Children’s Programs: Spring 2019

January 8th to May 20th, 2019

Programs for Little Ones
Programs for Elementary Kids (Grades K to 5)
Programs for Older Kids (Ages 8 to 12)
Family Programs

Please note: Except for preschool programs, all programs require registration! You can register by clicking below, by calling (269) 273 – 8666, or in person at the library. If you have questions, please contact
Laura Bultman (


Programs for Little Ones

Little Wigglers
Tuesdays at 11am
Ages 0 to 2 years old
Little ones and their caregivers are invited to read, sing, move, play, and have fun! The program is designed specifically with little learners in mind.

Story Time!
Tuesdays at 10am
Ages 2 to 5 years old
Storytime for preschoolers and their caregivers! Books, songs, stories, movement, and fun come together for a super-charged half hour of Early Literacy learning.

Move & Groove
Wednesdays at 10am, twice a month
January 16th and 30th, February 13th and 27th, March 13th and 27th, April 10th and 24th, and May 8th
Best for 18 months and up
Get ready to boogie during this fun musical program! We’ll have shaky eggs, scarves, drumsticks, bubbles, and more as we dance, move, and learn together.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Party
Saturday, May 11th at 11am
Are you already part of the 1000 Books program? Would you like to be? Have you finished already? Are you in the middle of it? All are welcome to this celebration of the program with a special story-time and fun crafts and activities. Let’s get reading!
Eventbrite - 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Party!

Programs for Elementary School Kids (Grades K-5)


Creation Lab
Wednesdays at 4pm starting January 16th
Using our materials and your creativity you can make amazing things!
January 16th: Perler Bead Magnets; Lots of small beads make a unique magnet for your fridge, locker, or other metallic surface. This craft requires patience!
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Perler Bead Magnets

January 23rd: Sand Art: Peel the paper, sprinkle the sand, and make colorful mandala art.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Sand Art Mandalas

January 30th: Slime:  It’s goopy, it’s gucky, it’s… slimy! Come make some to take home!
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Slime!

February 6th: Valentine Workshop: Use our huge variety of craft materials to make valentines for your friends and loved ones.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Valentine Workshop

February 13th: Sharpie Mugs: Decorate a mug with sharpies for a personalized hot chocolate experience.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Sharpie Mugs

February 20th: Dollhouse Rooms: We’ll make tiny furniture and other small decorations to create a miniature room scene.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Dollhouse Rooms

February 27th: Pom Pom Pets: You won’t have to feed these small yarn pets, but they’re still super cute and cuddly!
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Pom Pom Pets

March 6th: T-shirt Pillows: Make your own pillow out of a t-shirt and some patience. You must be able to tie knots for this program.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: T-shirt Pillows

March 13th: Foam Magnets: Foam isn’t only squishy and fun, it can be used for all sorts of creations. We’ll make animals, food, monsters… whatever you can imagine!
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Foam Magnets

March 20th: Yarn Dolls: Make and dress a soft friend using only yarn and scraps of felt.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Yarn Dolls

March 27th: Shrinky Dinks: Back by popular demand! Keychains and backpack zipper pulls made from amazing shrinking plastic.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Shrinky Dinks

April 10th: Sock Rabbits: No need to sew to make these happy hoppy friends.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Sock Rabbits

April 17th: Egg Decorating: Come make a festive egg or two with our egg dye (and other less messy alternatives). Lots of different techniques available as well as a few eggs per participant. Feel free to bring more hardboiled eggs from home, though, in case you get inspired!
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Egg Decorating

April 24th: Seed Bookmarks: Turn recycled paper into beautiful seeded bookmarks that you can plant this spring.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Seed Bookmarks

May 1st: Bead Buddies: Beads and string are the basis for this fun backpack decoration or funny beaded friend. This craft requires patience, but the results are really fun.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Bead Buddies

May 8th: Hand Puppets: Sew and decorate your own felt hand puppet. The character you make is up to you!
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Hand Puppets

May 15th: Backpack decorating: Decorate your own drawstring backpack with markers, sequins, and other notions.
Eventbrite - Creation Lab: Backpack Decorating


Rainbow Magic Fairy Party
Thursday, January 24th at 4pm
Join us for a celebration of all things sparkly, swishy, flighty, and magical. We’ll make wings and wands and other fairy and flowery crafts.
Eventbrite - Rainbow Magic Party

Magic Tree House Party
Thursday, February 21st at 4pm
Venture into the library and enjoy crafts and activities based on Jack and Annie’s exciting adventures.
Eventbrite - Magic Tree House Party


Captain Underpants and Dog Man Party
Thursday, March 21st at 4pm
Tra-la-laaaaaaaaa! There’s no super-hero quite like Captain Underpants! Except for maybe Dog Man! Crafts, games, and fun activities will all be part of the celebration of these unusual heroes.
Eventbrite - Captain Underpants and Dog Man Party!

Tuesday April 2nd and Wednesday April 3rd at 2pm
This is a two day project!
Make your own piñata with balloons and papier maché. The only thing you’ll need is the courage to put your hand in the papier maché goop and the creative vision to make something colorful and amazing.
Eventbrite - Pinatas


Snap Circuits
Wednesday, April 4th at 2pm
Come tinker with our snap circuits. Can you make the siren sound? Can you make the propeller fly?
Eventbrite - Snap Circuits!


Build Our Town
Thursday, April 18th at 4pm
Celebrate being green and* make a replica of our town using recycled materials. What building will you choose to recreate? We’ll display the town for at the library for two weeks and then you can take your bit of Three Rivers home with you.
Eventbrite - Build our Town


 Programs for Older Kids (Ages 8-12)


Operation: ART! With Judson Stemaly
Once a month on Mondays at 4:30-6pm
Local art teacher, Judson Stemaly, is coming to the library to teach special art classes!
January 28th: Sculpture; Transform soap into a unique carving with simple tools and some patience.
Eventbrite - Operation ART: Sculpture

February 25th: Watercolor Textures; Think you know about watercolor paint? Come learn some new techniques for watercolor textures that will make your art pop.
Eventbrite - Operation ART! Watercolor Textures

March 25th: Portraits; Learn how to draw a self-portrait.
Eventbrite - Operation ART! Portraits

April 22nd: Canvas Painting; Mr. Stemaly won’t be here tonight, but we will have canvases and paint for you to make your own masterpiece!
Eventbrite - Operation ART! Canvas Painting

May 20th: Spray Paint Stencils; Create a personalized piece of art with spray paint and an initial stencil that you’ll make yourself.
Eventbrite - Operation ART! Spray Paint Stencils


Bleach Bags
Tuesday, January 22nd at 4pm
Bleach gel pens on black canvas make for a cool bag to carry your stuff.
Eventbrite - Tween Tuesdays: Bleach Bags

Candy Making
Tuesday, February 5th at 4pm
The sweetest month is here! Let’s make it sweeter by making our own candy with candy melts and shaped trays.
Eventbrite - Tween Tuesdays: Candymaking


NERF Wars!
Saturday, February 9th at 4-6pm THIS IS AN AFTER HOURS EVENT!
Grades 6 to 8
Bring your own NERF gun to participate in a massive NERF battle challenge after the library is closed. To register, please get a form from the front desk at the library.


Basket Weaving
Tuesday, February 19th at 4pm
Weave your own small basket with reeds on a wooden base.
Eventbrite - Tween Tuesdays: Basket Weaving


Project Runway
Tuesday, March 5th at 4pm
Do you love fashion? This is your chance to design and create an outfit for a doll. Bring your creativity and your patience—all dolls and materials for outfits and accessories will be provided.
Eventbrite - Tween Tuesdays: Project Runway


Nailed it! Cupcake Decorating
Saturday, March 16th at 11am
Think you can recreate fabulous cupcake designs? Well… maybe you can! (And maybe you can’t?) Learn some basic decorating techniques and give it your best shot. The fun is in the #fail. And the sugar.
Eventbrite - Nailed it! Cupcake Decorating


OREO Tasting
Tuesday, March 19th at 4pm
Which OREO is best? Come try out some unique flavors, see if you can identify them(!), and decide once and for all which one should rule supreme.
Eventbrite - Tween Tuesdays: Oreo Tasting


Button Canvases
Tuesday, April 9th at 4pm
The humble button becomes a work of art when glued to a canvas and made into a mosaic. Come make your own!
Eventbrite - Tween Tuesdays: Button Canvases


DIY Bulletin Boards
Tuesday, April 23rd at 4pm
Create a customized location for important information, cards, and photos with your very own bulletin board.
Eventbrite - Tween Tuesdays: Make Your Own Bulletin Board

Stop Animation
Thursday, May 9th at 4pm
Film and put together a short stop animation film using our ipads and your own creativity.
Eventbrite - Stop Animation


Faux Stained Glass
Tuesday, May 14th at 4pm
This stunning frame is made with paint and glue and a little patience. What will your masterpiece look like?
Eventbrite - Tween Tuesdays: Faux Stained Glass


Family Programs

 Ninja Training
Saturday, January 19th at 11am
Best for ages 4 to 8
Are you stealthy like a ninja? Have you mastered the art of throwing stars or wielding nunchucks? Come test your ninja skills and develop some new ones at our training camp!
Eventbrite - Ninja Training

Dinosaur Romp!
February 16th at 11am
Romp and stomp your way through the Jurassic (or Cretaceous?) period with fun dinosaur games, crafts, and fun.
Eventbrite - Dinosaur Romp


Princess Party
April 13th at 11am
Calling all royal highnesses (and any available knights!) to a royal party with majestic crafts, queenly games, and an appearance by some real princesses!
Eventbrite - Princess Party!


Día de los Niños
April 30th from 10am to 5pm
Celebrate the day of the child with fun Latin-inspired crafts and games and a free book for every child. Drop by any time between 10am and 5pm to participate!