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APL News - Jan. 12

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By Stan Campbell

There’s always something happening at the Alexandrian Public Library. Storytimes, readers’ programs, mother and toddler groups, teen programs, book club sessions, informational programs and so much more. The library is an active place. Here are some of the events going on this January.

Sew Happy — Jan. 12 and 26 at 10 a.m. “Sew Happy” is a bi-weekly gathering of crafters — we will meet at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month,  unless the library is closed. If you quilt, knit, do tatting, crochet, etc. come and join the fun.

The Laughs and Crafts Club — Jan. 13, 20 and 27 at 3:45 p.m. This is a special club featuring interactive stories, games, and crafts for kids who are in kindergarten through fifth grade. Registration required.

Quilting Class — Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please bring your own machine, and sewing supplies and we will have the pattern. (Samples are at the Information Desk). This program is free.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — The library will be closed Jan. 17 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Adult Winter Reading Program - “Reading And Feed!” — If winter is your favorite time to curl up with a good book, then you’re the kind of adult we had in mind for our Winter Reading Program. The program, which begins Jan. 18 and will feature fun prizes and reading incentives. You may choose any books you wish from the Alexandrian Public Library collection. All you need do is read. Each book you complete earns you a chance to enter for one of our fabulous prizes. If you’d like to participate, you can sign up at any point during the program.

Babies/Toddlers Storytimes — Jan. 18, 24 and 25 at 9:30 a.m. This program is for children from birth to 36 months old and their caregivers. Program will include rhymes, fingerplays, music, and stories. Registration required.

Preschool Storytimes — Jan. 18, 24 and 25 at 10:30 a.m. Stories, music, activities, and crafts for children ages 3 through 5. Parents are welcome to either participate with their child, or can use the time to browse the Library for their own interests. Registration required.

LITerally Speaking — Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. This month, the LITerally Speaking book discussion group will discuss “Eve: A Novel of the First Woman” by Elissa Elliott. It is the world’s oldest tale: the story of Eve, her husband, Adam, and the tragedy that would overcome her sons.

Legos Club — Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m. This is a monthly club for anyone age 6 and older who loves working with Legos. Each meeting we will be building things from Legos. Registration is required.

Teen Time — Jan. 24 and 31 at 3:30 p.m. Drop in for Teen Time on Mondays after school. Each and every Monday - there will be games, crafts and tons of fun for youth in grades 6- 12!

Family Storytime — Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. Our special storytime guest will be Ruby Ostermann and her pup, Willie. She will share a story she wrote about her dog’s adventures. Other activities and a craft will be included.

Art Gallery — Attention Artists: In order to expand our service to the community, the Alexandrian Public Library has created a wall gallery for artists to display their work in our foyer. We are in search of local amateur and professional talent. You need not live in the Mount Vernon area to participate, display and promote your work. We are now accepting requests for this free gallery space for March and April of 2011.

Library Hours — Alexandrian Public Library is open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For more information,  call 838-3286 or visit www.apl.lib.in.us. APL is now on Facebook.