April is the month for new programs for children at Ilsley Public Library. There are three programs scheduled during the week ACSU has Spring Break.
On Wednesday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. we will screen the Imax film "Under the Sea". This film transports you to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including southern Australia, New Guinea, and others in the Indo-Pacific region and allows you to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. This film is rated G and is 41 minutes long.
On April 15 at 10:30 a.m. Tom Joyce the Funny Magician will perform an entertaining and fun magic show. Tom's magic and sense of humor delight children. Free tickets will be available at the children's desk starting April 1.
On April 16 from noon until 2 p.m. Middlebury Community House and Ilsley Public Library are teaming up to give a special tea for children ages 6-10, which will be held at the Community House on Children are encouraged to wear party clothes and bring a favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal. We'll eat treats and do group activities. Children and the adults who come with them can sign up by calling or stopping by Ilsley's children's desk at 388-4097, or by e-mailing Judah Hamer at Judah.Hamer@ilsleypubliclibrary.org.
Ilsley Public Library also has three program series for older kids during the month of April. Parker "Monty" Montgomery leads our Chess Club on Wednesdays after school in the Vermont Room. This Chess Club is for kids new to the game as well as for players looking to develop their strategy.
On Thursdays afternoons from 4-5 p.m. starting April 8 Middlebury College students will lead Reading Around the World. Kids will learn about cultures, holidays, and traditions from all around the world. Each week there will be a story from a different country followed by a related arts and crafts project.
Over the course of April and early May, students can chronicle their literary travels around the world by creating their very own travel journals. Jerry Romero will be teaching a 6-week introduction to Spanish for children in grades 2 through 4. The class will meet at 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Kids will learn basics such as colors, letters and numbers. To sign up for this series call Ilsley's children's desk at 388-4097 or e-mail Judah Hamer at Judah.Hamer@ilsleypubliclibrary.org.
In addition to these programs for older children, we continue to offer Storyhour for toddlers on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., and Storyhour for pre-schoolers on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
On Friday we offer Music & Movement at 10:30 a.m., and all young children are invited to join in the fun. These programs are great opportunities for kids and parent/caregivers to learn about new stories and songs as well as enjoy familiar ones.
For young children and parents/caregivers these programs also offer a good chance to make new friends while engaging in a learning experience that provides for socialization. Attending these programs and checking out books is a great way for parents and caregivers to begin to instill in children a love of reading.