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Youth & Family Programs

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Programs followed by ** require registration.  Story times no longer require registration.  However, you can still register in order to receive reminder emails.  Visit our online calendar to register or sign up for emails.

We strive to make programs accessible for everyone.  If your child needs extra support to attend a program, please let us know by emailing youthservices@ivpl.org.

Caregivers of children ages 9 and under must remain in the room during the program and caregivers of children ages 10-12 must remain in the library during the program
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Preschool Programs

Babies Boogie Storytime (Ages birth - 24 months)

Mondays, 9:15 AM

January 15-February 26 (No program February 19)

March 18-April 29 

Select Tuesdays, 10:15 AM

February 13 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23

Wednesdays, 10:15 AM

January 17-February 28 (No program February 7)

March 20-May 1

Community Room

Stories, songs, and bounces for children ages birth to 24 months, followed by time to play and socialize. Siblings welcome.

 

Teddy Bear Storytime (Age 2)

Wednesdays, 9:30 AM

January 17-February 28 (No program February 7)

March 20-May 1

Community Room

Stories, songs, and movement activities for 2-year-old children. Bring a stuffed toy or use one of ours. Siblings welcome. 

 

Music & Motion Storytime (Ages 3 - 5)

Wednesdays, 11 AM

January 17-February 28 (No program February 7)

March 20-May 1

Community Room

Stories, songs, and movement activities for children ages 3-5. Siblings welcome.

 

Lunch Bunch Storytime (All ages)

Thursdays, 12 PM

January 18-February 29

March 21-May 2

Community Room

Stories, songs, and movement activities for children of all ages. Bring a lunch or snack (not required). Meet at the pavilion outside. May be moved inside.

 

Wee Build (Ages 1-5)

Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 AM

September-May

Storyhour Room

Stop into the Children’s Room for some free play with preschool-friendly building toys.  No registration required.

 

Stay and Play (Ages 1-5)

Fridays, February 16, March 15, April 19 & May 17 

10-11:30 AM

Community Room

Stop by our big Community Room for some fun indoor play with friends.  No registration required.

Supported Small Group Story Time

Mondays, 10:30 AM

February 26, March 25 & April 22

Community Room

 

Join Ms. Angela for a small group story time featuring a visual schedule, fidgets, interactive stories and other supports.  Registration is required and starts 2 weeks before the program.  Parents should plan to remain in the room but please register children only.  Most appropriate for developmental ages 3-5 but all ages welcome.

Family & All Ages Programs

Pajama Storytime 

Select Tuesdays at 7 PM

February 6 & 20, March 5 & 19, April 2, 16 & 30

Storyhour Room

Stories, songs, and movement activities before bedtime for children of all ages. Pajamas welcome (not required).

Family Art Exploration 

Mondays at 4 PM 

March 18, April 15 & May 20

Community Room

Stop by the library for some hands-on art exploration.  Together, we will share a story and a mindfulness moment.  Then, everyone (adults included) will be invited to create art based on a theme using the supplies provided.  Most appropriate for ages 3-8 but all ages are welcome.  

 

Mini-Golf at the Library

Saturday, February 10

10 AM to 2 PM (last tee off at 1:30 PM)

Bring your family & friends for a fun round of mini-golf inside the library!  No registration required.  Free fun for the whole family.

 

Leap Day Party 

Thursday, February 29 at 4 PM

Community Room

 

Where can you find origami frog races, recycled rabbit art, and carrot crunching guests?  At the library’s Leap Day Party!  Families and youth of all ages are invited to join us in celebrating a day that only comes around every four years.  No registration required.

School Aged Programs

Beginner’s Chess

Wednesday at 6:30 pm (No program February 7)

Lewis McLean Reading Room

Learn how to play chess and hone your skills! All ages are welcome; however, adult supervision is required for players under 13.

Pokémon Meet-up Club (Ages 5-10)

Mondays at 4 PM

February 5, March 4, April 1 & May 6 

Community Room

 

Stop by the library to meet up with other Pokémon fans to trade cards, talk about the game and the show, play the card game, and complete a craft or other activity.  The library has a small number of cards available to trade but participants are encouraged to bring their own decks.  (The Library is not responsible for lost or damaged cards).  No registration required.  Have Pokémon cards you no longer need?  Consider donating them to the library.

Tinkering Club (Ages 5-10)

Mondays at 4 PM

February 12, March 11, April 8 & May 13

Community Room

Stop by the library to complete our tinkering challenge using the materials provided.  Most appropriate elementary school but all ages welcome.

 

This program uses elements from Indian Valley Public Library’s Tinkering Kit.  The kit was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

 

Junior Engineers (Ages 5 and up)

Tuesdays at 5 PM 

February 13, March 12, April 9 & May 14 

Community Room

During this program, you will be invited to work in a small group to solve an engineering challenge with provided materials.  No registration required.

 

Lego Club (Ages 5 and up)

Tuesdays at 5 PM 

February 27, March 19, April 16 & May 21

Mondays at 4 PM

February 26, March 25 & April 22 

Community Room

 

Stop by the library to complete our monthly challenge or just have some free building time.  No registration required.  For safety reasons, preschoolers MUST be accompanied by an adult.

 

Ruff, Ruff and Read (Ages 5 and up)

Saturdays, February 24, March 30 & April 27

10 minute time slots between 10:30 and 11:30 AM

Registration is required and opens 2 weeks before the program

Independent readers are invited to come and read to a therapy dog.  Register in advance to get a guaranteed time slot.  Depending on volunteer and dog availability, a small number of walk-in spaces may also be available.

Supported STEAM Program (Ages 5-10)

Tuesdays at 4 PM

February 6, March 5, April 2 & May 7

Community Room

 

Join us for a supported program for children who need smaller group sizes, fidgets, a sensory schedule and other supports.   Registration is required and starts 2 weeks before the program.  Adults should plan to stay in the room during the program, but please register children only.  February registration link.

Programs for Tweens 

Tween Reading Club (Ages 10-12)

Tuesday, February 20, March 19 & April 16 at 4 pm 

Community Room

 

Let’s take a journey through the Dewey Decimal System. Read one book that can be found in the month’s Dewey classification (see schedule below) then join us to share the title and your thoughts. Loved it? Tell us why we should read it. Disliked it? Tell us how the book could be better. Need some help finding a book? Ask a librarian for some recommendations.

February: 000s

March: 400s

April: 600s

STEAM Saturday: 3D Design of Dungeons and Dragons  (Youth Ages 10+)

Saturday, February 3, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Community Room

3D design for Dungeons and Dragons involves crafting intricate and immersive landscapes, characters, and objects that come to life, enhancing the tabletop role-playing experience with a tangible and visually captivating dimension.  This program was made possible by a PA Smart Grant administered by VGC USA.   Caregivers of children ages 10-12 must remain in the library during the program.  Registration is required and starts two weeks before the program. Registration link.

 

STEAM Saturday: Setting up OBS for Streaming  (Youth Ages 10+)

Saturday, March 2, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Community Room

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is a versatile and open-source application used for capturing, streaming, and recording multimedia content from a computer screen or external sources.  This program was made possible by a PA Smart Grant administered by VGC USA.   Caregivers of children ages 10-12 must remain in the library during the program.  Registration is required and starts two weeks before the program. Registration link.

 

STEAM Saturday: Content Creation with iPad  (Youth Ages 10+)

Saturday, April 2, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Community Room

Embarking on content creation entails expressing your creativity and expertise through various mediums like writing, video, or art, with the aim of engaging and resonating with your intended audience. This program was made possible by a PA Smart Grant administered by VGC USA.   Caregivers of children ages 10-12 must remain in the library during the program.  Registration is required and starts two weeks before the program. Registration link

 

STEAM Saturday: Video Game Soundtrack Design   (Youth Ages 10+)

Saturday, May 4, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Community Room

Designing video game music involves composing and arranging audio tracks that dynamically enhance gameplay, evoking emotions, and immersing players in the virtual worlds through carefully crafted soundscapes and melodies.   This program was made possible by a PA Smart Grant administered by VGC USA.   Caregivers of children ages 10-12 must remain in the library during the program.  Registration is required and starts two weeks before the program. Registration link

 

STEAM Saturday: How to Podcast Like a Pro   (Youth Ages 10+)

Saturday, June 1, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Community Room

Starting a podcast involves creating audio content on a chosen topic, recording and editing episodes, and then distributing them to online platforms, allowing you to share your expertise, stories, or discussions with a global audience.  This program was made possible by a PA Smart Grant administered by VGC USA.   Caregivers of children ages 10-12 must remain in the library during the program.  Registration is required and starts two weeks before the program. Registration link.  

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