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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 - 9:45 AM (September 11-October 16 & November 6-December 18)

Wednesdays, 10:15 - 10:45 AM (September 6-October 18 & November 8-December 20)

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

(September 6-October 18 & November 8-December 20)

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 - 11:30 AM (9/6 - 10/18) (11/8 - 12/20)

Community Room

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

 

Lunch Bunch Storytime (All ages)

Thursdays, 12 - 12:30 PM

September 7-October 19

Outside at the pavilion

November 9-December 21 (except 11/23)

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, September 7-December 28 (no program November 23)

9:30-11:30 AM

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, September 15 & 29, October 20

10-11:30 AM

Community Room

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

Family & All Ages Programs

Family Art Exploration 

Monday, September 18, October 16, November 20 & December 18 at 4 PM

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.  

 

Pajama Storytime 

Every other Tuesday at 7 PM

September 12 & 26, October 10 & 24, November 7 & 21, December 5 & 19

Storyhour Room

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

Treat Trail at Alderfer Park

Monday, October 23, 10-11:30 AM 

Rain date: October 30 

 

Come out to the park to walk or roll down our treat trail. Library staff and volunteers will be handing out goodies along the way. Costumes are welcome but not required. A special thanks to Lower Salford Township for allowing us to use the park for this event! Rain date is October 30 from 10 - 11:30 AM.

This event takes place off-site at the Alvin C. Alderfer Park in Lower Salford.  The location of the park is 420 Oak Drive (between Maple and Main Street).

Live Animal Table Talks

Monday, October 23 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Lewis McLean Reading Room

Delaware Valley University Students are visiting Indian Valley Public Library and bringing some friends with them. Spend the evening learning about different wildlife at the library by visiting different tables. This is a free event for all ages.

School Aged Programs

Beginner’s Chess

Wednesday at 6:30 pm 

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.

 

Tinkering Club (Ages 5-10)

Mondays, September 11, October 9, November 13 & December 11 at 4 PM

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, September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12 at 5 PM

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, September 19, October 17, November 14 & December 19 at 5 PM 

Mondays, September 25, October 23 & November 27 at 4 PM 

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.

 

Tween Graphic Novel Book Club (Ages 9-12)*

3rd Tuesday of each month

4 PM

In the Community Room or on Zoom

Read the graphic novel (available for free on Hoopla) and join us in person or online for a discussion.  Registration is required. 

Ruff, Ruff and Read (Ages 5 and up)

Saturdays, September 30, October 28, and November 25

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.

 

Celestial Shadows: The 2023 Annular and 2024 Total Eclipses Unveiled (Ages 9 and up)

Monday, October 2 at 7 PM

Community Room

Delve into the captivating world of solar eclipses with this enlightening presentation designed for both the novice and the seasoned skywatcher. Following the presentation, we will engage in a hands-on craft activity themed around the solar eclipse, ensuring a memorable and educational experience for all. Join us for an interstellar adventure right here at the library!  Registration link.  

 

STEAM Saturday: Augmented Reality with Reality Composer (Ages 10 and up)

Saturday, October 7, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Community Room

Augmented Reality with Reality Composer enables users to seamlessly blend digital elements and interactive experiences with the real world using an intuitive and user-friendly visual interface.  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: Cosplay with Recyclables (Ages 10 and up)

Saturday, October 21, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Community Room

Utilizing recyclables for cosplay involves creatively repurposing everyday materials to craft costumes and props, showcasing a sustainable approach to costume design.  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

 

Maker Monday: Five Nights at Freddy’s (Ages 5 and up)

Monday, October 30 at 4 PM

Community Room

Are you excited about the new Five Nights at Freddy's Movie?  Stop in the library to play FNAF Bingo and complete some crafts and other activities.  No registration required.  Designed for elementary school students but siblings are welcome.

STEAM Saturday: HummingBird Kit and Animated Video Game Characters  (Ages 10 and up)

Saturday, November 18, 10:30 AM to 1 PM

Community Room

Using Hummingbird kits for coding offers an engaging and hands-on experience, enabling learners to integrate robotics and electronics into their programming projects, fostering both technical and creative skills.  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: 3D Design of Dungeons and Dragons (Ages 10+)

Saturday, December 30, 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.

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