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Summer 2016 Events at The Library

Children's Programs

Jump to Dr. Huq Family Library Branch | Merritt Branch | Port Dalhousie Branch

Central Library

Wild West Bingo

Saddle up to play bingo and win some wild prizes.

  • Wednesday, July 6
  • 2:30 - 3:15 pm
  • Ages 5 - 9
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Story Hour Room

LittleBits Lab

Note: These sessions are currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
LittleBits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets to allow you to invent and create. The Littlebits Lab program is a two-part series. The first week you will be introduced to Littlebits through a series of challenges. The second week you can tinker with different modules to make your own invention. /p>

  • Fridays, July 8 and 15
  • or
  • Thursdays, August 4 and 11
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Story Hour Room
  • Fee: $5.00/2 weeks
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Paint Chip Mosaics

From “Berry Blush” to “Flashy Sapphire” we will be cutting up paint chips and piecing them together to make a masterpiece out of the best paint colours. All materials will be provided.

  • Tuesday, July 12
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Ages 7 - 12
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Inspired by Artists: Claude Monet

Join us as we play with paint and explore Monet’s art style of Impressionism. Paint a landscape using watercolours and oil pastels. Construct a waterlily of your own using a rainbow of Impressionistic colours.

  • Wednesday, July 20
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 5 - 9
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Enchanted Forest Fairies

Believe in fairies? Listen to stories and make a fairy door-maybe a fairy will come visit you! They’re magical though, so you may never know they were there.

  • Tuesday, July 26
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Happy Birthday Beatrix Potter!

Celebrate the 150th birthday of beloved author and illustrator Beatrix Potter with snacks, games and watercolour painting.

  • Thursday, July 28
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 5 - 9
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Wild Junior Science: The Three Little Pigs

Using the story of the Three Little Pigs, explore strengths and materials in this interactive STEM program.

  • Tuesday, August 2
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 3-6 with caregiver
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Mini Firefighter Academy

Note: This program is fully registered.
Think you have what it takes to become a firefighter? Join St. Catharines Professional Firefighters to learn about the skills you need and about fire safety. Be prepared to test your abilities!

  • Wednesday, August 3
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 3 - 6
  • Free
  • Mills Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

** Cancelled ** Kindergarten 101

This program is designed for children who will be starting Kindergarten in September. With a focus on language, social and personal development, the program will help children prepare for Kindergarten through literacy and musical activities. Caregivers must participate for the last 15 minutes of the program each week. Program runs for 4 weeks.

  • Fridays, August 5-26
  • 2:30 - 3:15 pm
  • Ages 3-4 with caregiver
  • Free
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Wild Junior Science: Excellent Explosions

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Explore some basic ideas of chemistry in this interactive STEM program.

  • Tuesday, August 9
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 3 - 6 with caregiver
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Dinosaur Garden

Let’s journey back to the Jurassic Age with dinosaur stories and activities before you make a dino-mite dinosaur garden.

  • Wednesday, August 17
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Dr. Huq Family Library Branch

Minecraft in Real Life Club

Note: This program is currently full.
Step out of the computer and into a real life Minecraft experience! No computer is necessary for the activities in store, just bring your love of the game and join us for Minecraft themed activities and snacks!

  • Fridays, July 8, 15, 22
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Fee: $5.00/3 weeks
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Stop by the library to try out your green thumb! Decorate your very own pot and pick out seeds that will grow into veggies and fruit over the summer.

  • Friday, July 15
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 12
  • Fee: $3.00

Solar Power S’mores

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
No campfire? No problem! Learn about solar power by making s’mores in your own homemade solar oven.

  • Friday, July 8
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 12
  • Fee: $2.00

Spy Academy

Test your spy skills! Write secret messages and decode them, try to navigate a laser grid and create your secret identity!

  • Wednesday, July 13
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 11
  • Fee: $2.00

Early Engineers’ Club

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Are you the creative type? Do you love to build and turn your ideas into reality? Join the Early Engineers Club at the Dr. Huq Family Library Branch and let your imagination turn everyday tools and materials into beautiful bridges, awesome boats, and super structures!

  • Thursdays, July 14, 21, 28
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 3 - 6
  • Fee: $3.00/3 weeks
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Let’s Fly Air Rockets

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Use your imagination and engineering skills to build your very own rocket! Then use our launcher to see how far into the sky you can send it.

  • Tuesday, July 26
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 6 - 11
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Let’s Fly Air Rockets

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Use your imagination and engineering skills to build your very own rocket! Then use our launcher to see how far into the sky you can send it.

  • Tuesday, July 27
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Ages 6 - 11
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Doc McStuffins Veterinary School

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Bring in a stuffed animal and learn how to take care of it just like Doc McStuffins. Discover skills like taking x-rays, taking temperature, and wrapping a sore paw!

  • Friday, August 5
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Fee: $2.00

Kindergarten 101

This program is designed for children who will be starting Kindergarten in September. With a focus on language, social and personal development, the program will help children prepare for Kindergarten through literacy and musical activities. Caregivers must participate for the last 15 minutes of the program each week. Program runs for 4 weeks.

  • Tuesdays, August 9-30
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 3-4 with caregiver
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Merritt Branch

Minecraft in Real Life Club

** Cancelled **
Step out of the computer and into a real life Minecraft experience! No computer is necessary for the activities in store, just bring your love of the game and join us for Minecraft themed activities and snacks!

  • Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19
  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Fee: $5.00/3 weeks
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Chess Club

Children who play chess are invited to sharpen their chess playing skills.

  • Thursdays, July 7 - August 11
  • 1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • Ages 6 - 9
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Where the Wild Things Are: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

What kind of wild rumpus will your stuffie go on when it gets to spend the night at the Library? Wear your comfiest pajamas and bring your favourite stuffed animal for a wild storytime! Leave your stuffie behind with the Librarian for a sleepover. You can pick them up the next day to find out what exciting things they did overnight.

  • Tuesday, July 12
  • 6:30 - 7:15 pm
  • Ages 3 - 6
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Decks & Dice Tabletop Game Club

Come explore some new board games at the Library! Each week we’ll feature a different category of games including strategy, cooperative, roleplaying, and party games! Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

  • Fridays, August 5 - 26
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Ages 10 - 15
  • Fee: $3.00/4 weeks
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Splish Splash Music Party

Come celebrate everything yellow and blue as we dance, sing, and make crafts all to the tune of our favourite music!

  • Friday, July 15
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Ages 3 - 7
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Mason Jar Aquariums

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Come to the Merritt Library to make a miniature aquarium inside of a mason jar. Swirl the jar to see the fish swim!

  • Friday, July 22
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 11
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Maze Madness

Like puzzles? What about making your own? Make your own marble maze with some simple supplies, and then try to navigate a pompom through our big floor mazes!

  • Wednesday, July 27
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 11
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

The LEGO Challenge!

Put your LEGO skills to the test! Bring your own LEGO and try to complete a series of challenges.

  • Friday, August 5
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 7 - 12
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Kindergarten 101

This program is designed for children who will be starting Kindergarten in September. With a focus on language, social and personal development, the program will help children prepare for Kindergarten through literacy and musical activities. Caregivers must participate for the last 15 minutes of the program each week. Program runs for 4 weeks.

  • Wednesdays, August 10-31
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am
  • Ages 3-4 with caregiver
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Let’s Build a Fort!

Bring a blanket and help turn our program room into one big fort! We will enjoy snacks, stories and songs from inside our fort.

  • Tuesday, August 9
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 3 - 6
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Dragon Tails, Wings & Crafty Things

Celebrate dragons with stories, games, and a craft. We don’t have any real dragons but we will make a fiery dragon craft!

  • Friday, August 12
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Port Dalhousie Branch

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Stop by the library to try out your green thumb! Decorate your very own pot and pick out seeds that will grow into veggies and fruit over the summer.

  • Thursday, July 7
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 7 - 12
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 500.

** Cancelled ** Decks & Dice Tabletop Game Club

Come explore some new board games at the Library! Each week we’ll feature a different category of games including strategy, cooperative, roleplaying, and party games! Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

  • Thursdays, July 14 - August 4
  • 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Ages 10 - 15
  • Fee: $3.00/4 weeks
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 500.

Finding Dory in the Library

Dory keeps forgetting where she is in the Library! Come join us and play some fun activities to help us find her!

  • Thursday, August 11
  • 10:30 - 11:30 am
  • Ages 4 - 7
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 500.

Tween Programs

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Central Library

Hour of Code: Star Wars Edition

Learn basic concepts of coding and computer science with fun, game-like tutorials featuring characters from Star Wars.

  • Tuesday, July 19
  • 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $2.00
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Wild Art Series: Papier-mâché Plants

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Make a cactus, Venus fly trap, or a plant of your own imagination in this one-hour tutorial. We will be mixing up a large batch of goopy papier-mâché, so come prepared to get a little messy.

  • Wednesday, July 27
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Wild Art Series: Paper Clay Sculptures

Create an animal sculpture out of paper clay. What is paper clay? It is a mixture of common household items including flour, water, salt and toilet paper! Get ready to get messy as we will be mixing our own batches with our hands.

  • Wednesday, August 3
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Wild Art Series: Build a Sprout House

** Cancelled due to illness. Rescheduled for Wednesday August 17 **
Construct a miniature house using colourful sponges and toothpicks, and then add seeds. Once you take it home, you will notice it starting to sprout after a couple weeks-don’t forget to water it!

  • Wednesday, August 10
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Fabric Covered Notebooks

Note: The July sessions are currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Go back to school in style by DIY-ing some notebooks covered in the nicest fabric around. We’ll cover plain notebooks in eye-catching fabric to bring new life to your class notes or personal journal. All materials will be provided.

  • Tuesday, August 23
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $4.00
  • Story Hour Room
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 227.

Dr. Huq Family Library Branch

Hidden Storage Box DIY

Need a place to stash your diary or other special belongings? Create a hidden storage box that will blend in with your books and keep your secrets safe!

  • Wednesday, July 20
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $1.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Chocolate Olympics

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Didn’t qualify for this year’s Summer Olympics? If leaping from the high dive makes your knees shake, and synchronized swimming leaves you sunk, perhaps the Chocolate Olympics is more your style! Compete for gold in our delicious, chocolate-filled competition!

  • Friday, July 29
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Just Dance Wii Party

Join the party and play the all new Just Dance 2016 on the big screen! Bust a move to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and dance off to other fun tracks!

  • Thursday, August 4
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Merritt Branch

Chess Club

Children who play chess are invited to sharpen their chess playing skills.

  • Thursdays, July 7-August 11
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Ages 10 - 13
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Chocolate Olympics

Note: This program is currently full. A short waiting list will be taken.
Didn’t qualify for this year’s Summer Olympics? If leaping from the high dive makes your knees shake, and synchronized swimming leaves you sunk, perhaps the Chocolate Olympics is more your style! Compete for gold in our delicious, chocolate-filled competition!

  • Thursday, August 18
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 9 - 14
  • Fee: $3.00
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 400.

Teen Programs

Central Library

Wii U Super Smash Bros. Tournament

** Cancelled **
Join us for snacks, videos games, and prizes as we determine who will claim the title of ultimate Super Mario Smash Bro Champion! One lucky person will go home with a Nintendo amiibo!

  • Thursday, July 14
  • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Ages 14 - 18
  • Fee: $2.00 + HST
  • Mills Room
  • Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103, ext. 227.

Teen Improv Workshops

** Cancelled **
Step right up! Don’t be shy! Local St. Catharines comedy troupe, ‘KO Improv’ will be hosting two afternoons of fun improvisational activities for teenagers. Absolutely no experience is necessary. Bring a friend and have some fun!

  • Saturday, August 6
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12 - 16
  • Free
  • Mills Room
  • Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103, ext. 227.

Printmaking 101

Join us as we build our own printmaking block using recycled materials. We’ll build up a design to make a series of relief prints and play with colour theory to get the best results.

  • Thursday, August 11
  • 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Ages 12 - 17
  • Fee: $2.00 + HST
  • Story Hour Room
  • Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103, ext. 227.

Intro to Guitar

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar? We’ll help you get started for free! This class will be taught by professional guitarist and educator Abe Bergsma of Music City. Please bring your own instrument if you can.

  • Saturday, August 20
  • 2:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12 - 18
  • Free
  • Mills Room

Dr. Huq Family Library Branch

T-Shirt Totes

Do you have favourite t-shirts you can no longer wear? Bring them to the Library and learn how to turn them into purses for a great new way to wear them!

  • Tuesday, July 12
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 11 - 16
  • Fee: $2.00 + HST
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Teen Book Talk

Looking for some suggestions for the summer reading club? Come share your thoughts on what you’ve been reading and get some new suggestions from staff as well as other teens and tweens while enjoying some snacks!

  • Friday, July 22
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm
  • Ages 12 - 18
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Games Tournament

Are you ready to ‘Risk’ it and take over the world? Do you have what it takes to ‘Sink a Battleship’? Put your strategy to the test with classic board games that will have you conquering continents. Snacks will be provided.

  • Friday, August 19
  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Ages 12 - 16
  • Free
  • Space is limited. Please register in advance by calling 905-688-6103 ext 300.

Children's Summer Reading Club

Eureka Summer Reading Club

Summertime is all about freedom - no school, no rules, no structure.

You can make up each day, and every day is different. Whether you’re on your own or with your friends, outside or inside or upside down, summer is the time for fun and play.

For the summer of 2015, we’re encouraging kids to see reading as play, and discover that the joyful, boundless and carefree feelings associated with play can just as easily be found in a great book. Find it this summer at the TD Summer Reading Club. Join other kids, have fun reading and share this joy, while they have the freedom to choose, explore, discover and play, any way they want.

Visit any location of the St. Catharines Public Library to register. Throughout the summer, bring your notebook to share with staff the books you’ve read to earn stickers and prizes. Registration begins on Saturday, June 20 Reporting ends on Saturday, August 15.

For more information, contact any location of the St. Catharines Public Library.

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