Celebrate National Library Week this month at Troutman Library
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The staff of J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library in celebrating National Library Week through April 13. The library has programs for all ages planned, including teen and adult banned book trivia, book crafts for kids, and preschool story time.
Patrons will also have opportunities to win prizes. The staff invites folks to come by and tell them why the library is so important to patrons and the community. They are also invited to share content on social media using the hashtag #mylibrarystory.
The Adult Pinterest group will create Rustic Easter Baskets on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spaces and materials are limited, so contact Shellie at 704-528-2682 to reserve a spot.
Homework Help is offered to kids in grades K through 8 on Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. The library’s teen volunteers offer a wide range of assistance. Parents must call the library to reserve a 30-minute session for their child.
The tutoring program will not operate the last two weeks of the month because of the Easter holiday and spring break.
The Maker Monday activity on April 15 will feature Easter crafts to get ready for the upcoming holiday. Participants will create cotton ball lambs, pom-pom chicks, and plastic spoon bunnies at 4 p.m.
The April 22 Maker Monday will celebrate Earth Day with Bee Hotels at 4 p.m. These adorable crafts can help provide habitats in participants’ yards for traveling bees and also help the environment.
Rain activities to honor April showers will be the Maker Monday craft focus on April 29 at 4 p.m. Participants will create water bottle rain gauges to measure the precipitation in their yards and beaded rain drops under an umbrella to decorate their rooms.
Bring the family to play Life-Size Clue at the library on Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m, 2 p.m., or 4 p.m. Enjoy this real life version of everyone's favorite mystery game. Find clues around the library to solve the murder of bestselling author, James Patterson.
Keep the holiday celebration going with the After-Easter Egg Hunt on Tuesday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m. Easter is over, but that does not mean that the egg finding fun has to stop! Join the staff for an Easter egg hunt of epic proportions, and be sure to bring the whole family!
On Thursday, April 25, patrons can enjoy a viewing of the hit “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” at 4 p.m. In this film, featuring a ground-breaking visual style of animation, mischievous teen Miles Morales meets Spiderman Peter Parker (voiced by Chris Pine) after experiencing his own spider bite and soon becomes the new Spider-Man, crossing paths with five other Spidey counterparts from other dimensions in the universe to stop a threat endangering all of their realities.
The film also features an all-star cast of voices, including Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Lily Tomlin, and Nicolas Cage.
On Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m., bring the family to enjoy the DC Universe hit “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, and Patrick Wilson. In this blockbuster film, Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, must prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.
The Preschool Storytime is every Friday at 11 a.m. This program is designed specifically for little ones aged birth to five. The staff engages young minds with a picture book reading and fun crafts.
The Morning Movers program is every Tuesday at 11 a.m. This interactive storytelling time features fun stories, songs, rhymes, and sensory play stimulate toddlers interest in reading and get rid of their wiggles. This program is geared towards children aged birth to three years old.
Parents can also can register their little readers for the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” which helps children develop language and reading skills and prepare them to be successful learners once they start school by simply reading one short storybook with children each day.
If family members read just one book to a child per night, they will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. Most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, so parents and siblings have ample time to reach this goal in the first five years of life.
The key to success is perseverance and getting the child excited about reading. When reaching a milestone (such as 100 books), parents can reward the child with a small recognition, such as a sticker, a new book about a favorite topic, or a special trip to a park, library, or museum program to get hands-on with something the child read about.
The website (http://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org) provides book suggestions, activities, materials to keep track of the titles of the books as they are read. The reading journal and the parents’ comments will make also a great keepsake item.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information or to reserve a space in attendee limited programs, call (704) 528-2682 or stop by the library at 215 W. Church Street.