Roland Public Library news

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Sarah Almond, Program Director/Children’s Librarian

We’re ready for an exciting fall here at the Roland Library. Regular youth programs started the week of August 29th and we’re off to a great start!

Preschool and Toddler storytime is held every week at the library on Wednesdays from 10:15-11 a.m. It’s the perfect program for little ones - we have stories, songs, fingerplays, movement activities, crafts, and ends with a snack! Daycare providers that live in Roland and have 5 or more young children in their care are encouraged to contact the library if they can’t make it for storytimes on site. We offer an outreach program where we come to you and do a similar program!

After school programs for school aged children on Tuesdays and Thursdays are a little different from the ones we’ve offered in the past. Each week we have Adventure Club for kindergarten through fourth graders from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Activities include storytelling, crafts, games, and a snack. For the older kids, Tweens and Teens meet on the first and third Thursday each month from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Activities and crafts will be geared towards their interests but with a literacy based theme.

LEGO Club is a popular program that meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Ages 5 and up are invited to attend. LEGO Club is an hour of free building time - we present a challenge each time but it is not required. Creations are put on display until the next LEGO Club. Stop in and see some of the imaginative things that our kids have created!

We strive to offer something for everyone on the days that the schools have 1 p.m. dismissals. This month we had LEGOPALOOZA for the first early out! Early out programs start at 1:30 p.m. and usually last an hour unless we are having a movie. Our next early out program will be Wednesday, September 21st, when we will show the movie Angry Birds. Next month local illustrator Tim Read will present a program at our October 5th early out program.

In addition to our structured programs we recently added a makerspace just for kids in the library. We have a variety of activities that kids five and up can sit down and do independently or with a friend. Look for the Kids Makerspace table the next time you come in to the library!

On Thursday, September 29th Lisa Woiwood of the Ames Kennel Club will visit the library at 4 p.m. with one of her therapy dogs. She’ll be educating us about how therapy dogs are trained and the important role they play in people’s lives. This program isn’t just for kids, adults are invited too!

Speaking of adults, Adult coloring will be coming soon. And Chad Lewis of Haunted Iowa will be haunting our library in November. Follow us on Facebook to keep up on the latest library news, and visit our website at http://www.roland.lib.ia.us. Questions about any of our programs or services that we offer? Give us a call at 515-388-4086!