New year brings a wealth of programs for all ages to Troutman library

Posted at 2:31 PM on Jan 2, 2019

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PHOTO: Ruby the Screech Owl from the Allison Outdoor Learning Center will visit the Troutman Library in January to teach kids about birds of prey. (Courtesy of Allison Outdoor Learning Center.)

BY DEBBIE PAGE
drpage.svlfreenews@gmail.com

As school starts back this week and some students face semester exams, J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library is offering its “Homework Help” program on January 10, 17, 24 and 31 (from 4 to 6 p.m.) and on January 12, 19, 26 (from 3 to 5 p.m.).

Students who are interested in extra assistance can call the library and make an appointment to work with one of the teen volunteer tutors, all free of charge.

To close out the month, teens and tweens are invited to join members of the Troutman Friends of the Library on January 31 from 4 to 5:45 p.m. as they set up and decorate the annual Love Your Library Tree. Students seeking community service hours are encouraged to participate for credit.

During the entire month of February, the staff will welcome donations of much-needed supplies for programs that they host throughout the year. Patrons can take a tag off the tree and then donate that item at their next visit.

Patrons are reminded that the library will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

FAMILY

On Maker Monday (January 7) Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center will be on hand with its Birds of Prey program from 4 to 5 p.m. Ruby the Screech Owl will help attendees learn about birds of prey, predatory/prey relationships, and how these creatures relate to humans.

On Saturday, January 12, the library will screen family favorite “Christopher Robin” from 2 to  4 p.m. The film revisits an adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), now so focused on his new life, work, and family, that he forgets to enjoy life.

Meeting his old friend Winnie the Pooh helps him return to his childhood past in the Hundred Acre Wood and help Pooh find his friends.

On Saturday, January 26, folks can join in the fun at the Family Free Day. Come participate in some enjoyable activities for the whole family.

ADULTS

Leave stress behind with Let It Flow Yoga on Thursday, January 3, and Monday, January 28, at 5:30 p.m. Yoga instructors from Let It Flow Yoga in Troutman will explain the benefits of yoga practice and and its key role in healthy living and wellness. Participants are asked to bring a mat if they have one.

Troutman Library Book Club #2 will met on Monday, January 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. This adult book club, which welcomes newcomers, meets the first Monday of each month.

The Themes & Treats Book Club theme this month is “Best of Goodreads.” This fun reading group will meet on Wednesday, January 9, at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to read something nominated by readers like themselves for the Goodreads Choice Awards (https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2018). Fiction and nonfiction titles are welcome!

Newcomers are welcome to enjoy book discussion, coffee, and snacks provided by Troutman Friends of the Library.

On Thursday, January 17, the library will present a special daytime showing of “Crazy Rich Asians” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by an afternoon viewing from 4 to 6 p.m.

In the film, Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese economics professor, travels to her boyfriend Nick's hometown of Singapore to attend his best friend's wedding. She discovers Nick is from an impossibly wealthy family and is one of the most eligible bachelors in Asia.

Every single woman in Nick’s mega-rich social class wants to scoop him up for herself, resulting in entertaining comedy.

The Adult Pinterest Craft Club will have its Paint Night on Thursday, January 24, at 5:30 p.m., the group’s most popular Pinterest event of the year. Participants will be painting a winter scene on canvas. Registration is required for this event.

KIDS/TEENS

Students can earn service hours by creating special Valentine’s Day cards for nursing home residents at two different sessions: Saturday, January 5, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, January 29, at 4 p.m.

Participants can earn an hour of community service by dropping in at the library to create something amazing to bring some happiness to some special members of the community.

The Book Warriors group will be discussing "Greenglass House" by Kate Milford on Tuesday, January 8, at 4 p.m. Participants will discuss the novel using an interactive trivia game and enjoy some pizza.

On Thursday, January 10, at 4 p.m., the T(w)een Breakout Box will offer kids a mind-bending experience. Teens and tweens who love solving puzzles and word problems will figure out clues by using problem solving and team-building skills to crack the Breakout Box.

On Maker Monday, January 14, at 4 p.m., participants will make Duct Tape Flower Pens by getting creative with duct tape. On Maker Monday, January 28, at 4 p.m., the kids will create Bird Feeders to help their fine-feathered friends find food this winter.

PRESCHOOL

The Morning Movers Story Time for infants and toddlers will be on Tuesdays (January 8, 15, 22, 29) at 11 a.m. Ms. Kelli will lead fun stories, songs, rhymes, and sensory play for the kiddies. At the library, it's always time to read and get moving!

The Preschool Storytime on Fridays (January 4, 11, 18, 25) at 11 a.m. is designed specifically for the little ones (ages birth to five years). Miss Maxine’s story time engages young minds with a picture book reading and a fun craft activity.

Parents are also encouraged to register their little readers for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to get them reading-ready for school.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information or to register for a program that requires it, call (704) 528-2682 or visit the Troutman Library at 215 W. Church Street.

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