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Branching Out Highlights of News & Events for March-May 2016

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Meet DCL’s New Bookmobile, Destination Literacy

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We are excited to welcome Durham County Library’s new bookmobile, named Destination Literacy.


The new vehicle holds 3,000 books, but patrons have access to the entire library collection through requests. It features a lift for loading and unloading, as well as an awning to facilitate outdoor programming. The bookmobile makes approximately 60 stops each month and circulates almost 50,000 books per year.

Main Library

300 N. Roxboro St., 919-560-0100 Children’s Unit, 919-560-0130 Hours: Mon., Tue. and Thur. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wed. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. 2 - 6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 2 - 6 p.m.

The bookmobile is supported by the following generous sponsors: BP/Family Fare C.M. Herndon Foundation Durham Library Foundation Friends of the Durham Library North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company

Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center

The Duke Energy Foundation The Forest at Duke The North Carolina GalxoSmithKline Foundation SunTrust Foundation

So look for Destination Literacy cruising the streets of Durham! If you’d like more information about the bookmobile, please call 919-560-0155.

Join us at Main Library for Durham County’s Third Annual Storytelling Festival! It will be a day full of laughter, excitement and the rich oral tradition of storytelling. Featured storytellers include Donna Washington, Kali Ferguson, Alan Hoal, Cynthia Raxter, Bobbie Pell, Mark Riddle and ReVonda Crow. There will also be refreshments, crafts, a “tattoo parlor” and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy!

Save the Date: Summer Reading 2016

Join us for additional children’s programs celebrating storytelling:

Mark your calendars now for this year’s Summer Reading main events:

Summer Reading Kickoff Saturday, Jun. 11 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Northgate Mall

Midpoint Rally

Summer Reading Finale

Saturday, Jul. 16 4 - 7 p.m. Durham Central Park


East Regional, Monday, Mar. 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. In honor of Durham County’s 3rd Annual Storytelling Festival, we are hosting a Storytelling Extravaganza! Come join other kids and create your own stories! We will create storyboards, make and use storytelling dice and create stories for your favorite wordless picture books! Pre-registration is encouraged.

Saturday, Aug. 6 Time and Location TBA

Look for complete Summer Reading details in the May-July issue of Branching Out.

Photography DCL customers enjoy a Storytime program at Main. Photography by staff. To become a photography sponsor, email


Table of Contents: Children’s Programs Directory/Locations.....................................3 Storytelling Festival.....................................3 Storytime................................................ 4-5 Bragtown.................................................. 6 East Regional............................................. 6

Main Library...............................................7 North Regional.......................................... 8 South Regional...........................................9 Southwest Regional................................. 10 Stanford L. Warren.................................... 10

Library Closings

All Durham County Library locations will be closed: Spring Holiday Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27 Spring Staff Day Wednesday, May 18


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Main Library Saturday, Apr. 2 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Memorial Day Sunday, May 29 - Monday, May 30

Stanford L. Warren, Wednesday, Mar. 30, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Join us at Stanford L. Warren for a performance by the Story Squad from UNC in anticipation of the upcoming Storytelling Festival! For pre-school aged children.


3200 Dearborn Dr., 919-560-0210 Hours: Mon. - Fri. 2 - 6 p.m.

East Regional

211 Lick Creek Ln., 919-560-0203 Children’s Unit, 919-560-0214 Hours: Mon., Tue. and Thur. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wed. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. 2 - 6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 2 - 6 p.m.

North Regional

221 Milton Rd., 919-560-0231 Children’s Unit, 919-560-0232 Hours: Mon., Tue. and Thur. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wed. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. 2 - 6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 2 - 6 p.m.

South Regional

4505 S Alston Ave., 919-560-7409 Children’s Unit, 919-560-7410 Hours: Mon., Tue. and Thur. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wed. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. 2 - 6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 2 - 6 p.m.

Southwest Regional

3605 Shannon Rd., 919-560-8590 Children’s Unit, 919-560-8592 Hours: Mon., Tue. and Thur. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wed. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. 2 - 6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 2 - 6 p.m.

Stanford L. Warren Branch

1201 Fayetteville St., 919-560-0270 Hours: Mon., Tue. and Thur. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wed. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Fri. 2 - 6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

South Regional, Wednesday, Mar. 30, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join us at the South Regional Library for our Sock Puppet Theater Workshop! Kids will have the opportunity to create their very own puppet theater as well as a trio of sock puppets to take home with them. For ages 6-11.


Southwest Regional, Wednesday, Mar. 30, 4 – 5 p.m. Join us at the Southwest Regional Library Workshop for a storytelling workshop! Learn how to write and tell your own stories! For ages 7-12.

STORIES, SONGS, CRAFTS AND MORE: A STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PREVIEW Main Library, Thursday, Mar. 31, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

In honor of the upcoming Storytelling Festival, the Main Library presents a storytelling prequel to get you ready for the main course. There will be a special rendition of Live and Sing, including songs by Mrs. Olivia Singleton, stories by Ms. Anna Cromwell, and a craft by Ms. Laurel Jones. Come enjoy the show! For more information and a complete schedule of events visit

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KOREAN BILINGUAL STORYTIME (Baby, Pre-school, Kindergarten) Mondays (No storytime May 30) 10:30 - 11 a.m. Come join in the fun as we explore the Korean culture. This program is designed for children and their parents who are interested in learning Korean stories, alphabets, words, songs, rhymes, chants and gestures. FAMILY STORYTIME (Baby, 2 year olds, Pre-school)

Brag tow n MAGICAL MONDAYS STORYTIME (Toddler, Pre-school) Mondays (No storytime Apr. 11; May 30) 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Join us for a morning of magical stories and creative craft making.

E as t Reg ional LAPSIT/TODDLER STORYTIME (Baby, Toddler) Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Babies from birth to 3 years old and their parents/caregivers can enjoy interactive stories, action songs, finger plays and spending time with each other. PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME (Pre-school) Wednesdays (No storytime May 18) 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Preschool Storytime is a 25-35 minute program featuring picture books, activities, songs and flannel board stories for pre-school age children. Our program gives caregivers and children the opportunity to share, listen and enjoy stories together.

FAMILY STORYTIME/ JUGAR Y LEER (Pre-school) Saturdays, Mar. 5, Apr. 16, May 28 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. This storytime-style program, intended for ages 3-5, will include stories, music and crafts in both English and Spanish. *Registration is required.


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Main Li b rar y *GROUPTIME STORYHOUR (All Ages) Thursdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. This program offers stories, songs, crafts and more. It is designed for groups (schools, daycares and camps) and is presented upon request. Call Anna Cromwell at 919-560-0130 to schedule a session.

*SATURDAY MORNING STORYHOUR (All ages) Saturdays (No storytime Mar. 26, May 14) 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Looking for a fun family outing for the weekend? Visit your local library for Saturday’s Storytime! Enjoy stories, music, crafts and more, while getting to know others from your community. This program is open to children from infancy to first grade. Come and join in the fun!

*LAPSIT TIME (Infants, 2 year olds) Mondays (No storytime May 30) 10:30 - 11 a.m. Singing and dancing is good for the soul, and it is never too early to get your little one grooving to the beat. Join us for this magical sing-along special, sprinkled with handrhymes, finger-plays, stories and more.

*PAJAMA TIME (Infants, 2 year olds, Pre-school) Mondays (No storytime May 30) 7 - 7:30 p.m. Bring your soft blankets and stuffed animals, and let’s get cozy as we share whimsical stories and bedtime songs. Mom and Dad, sit back and relax while we get your little one ready for bed at our pajama time.

*BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH MS. CLAUDIA AND MS. OLIVIA (Infants, 2 year olds, Pre-school) Saturdays, Mar. 19; Apr. 30; May 28 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Enjoy stories and songs in both Spanish and English followed by a wonderful craft session! Let’s sing and dance together as we meet new friends.

*TODDLER TIME (2 year olds) Wednesdays (No storytime on May 18) 10:30 - 11 a.m. When it comes to learning, the sooner the better. Toddler Time introduces your child to sounds, rhythmic movement and music. It also provides parents and caregivers a chance to exchange ideas and information. Join us for stories, hand-rhymes, finger-plays and more.

*PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME (Pre-school) Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Pre-school Storytime helps to prepare your child for kindergarten by introducing preschool concepts, circle-time etiquette and socialization skills. Creativity is encouraged through craft projects. Join us for stories, games, music and more!

Tuesdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. Includes stories, songs and much more to build literacy skills and help children develop a love for books.

SINGIN’ AND SHAKIN’ STORIES (Baby, Pre-school, Kindergarten)

Wednesdays (No storytime May 18) 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Join Ms. Jo for a fun-filled program with a whole lot of shaking and singing. We’ll share stories, create and learn dance moves to popular music of all cultures. This program is for children five and under.

BOOK BABIES (0-23 months) Wednesdays (No storytime May 18) 10:30 - 11 a.m. Book Babies supports early language and literacy skills in infants and babies by encouraging singing, playing, talking and shared reading. Join us for fun, stories and snuggling! HOMESCHOOL LEARNING LAB (Pre-school, Elementary) Thursdays 9:30 - 10:25 a.m. The Homeschool Learning Lab provides homeschoolers with enriching and unique programming. Each week we will explore a different topic. Parents are invited and welcome to facilitate sessions. PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME (Pre-school) Thursdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. Storytelling comes alive with music, finger plays, rhymes and a variety of story mediums. This program is designed to support early literacy skills in pre-schoolers, as well as to encourage them to love books at an early age.

S o uth Reg ional FAMILY STORYTIME (All ages) Mondays, Mar. 7; May 9 6 - 6:30 p.m. Join Miss Kathleen for books, songs, activities and crafts perfect for the whole family! KOREAN STORYTIME (All ages) Saturdays, Mar. 12 and May 7 10:30 - 11 a.m. Join us at South Regional Library for a Bilingual Korean Storytime with stories, songs and games for children of all ages. BABY LAPSITTERS (Baby) Wednesdays, Mar. 2 - 30; May 4, 11, 25 10:30 - 11 a.m. Join Miss Erica for fingerplays, songs, rhymes and stories perfect for your baby (6-23 months). TODDLER RHYMETIME (Toddlers) Mondays, Mar. 7 - 28; May 2 - 23 10:30 - 11 a.m. Join Miss Lauren for songs, rhymes, fingerplays and lots of interactive fun for toddlers. PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME (Pre-school) Tuesdays, March 1 - 29; May 3 - 31 10:30 - 11 a.m. Join Miss Kathleen for books, songs, activities and crafts perfect for your pre-schooler.

S o uthwe s t Reg ional BABY AND ME LAPSIT STORYTIME (Baby) Mondays (No storytime May 30) 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Join Miss Margaret for songs, stories, rhymes and activities for you and your baby. 0-23 months. BABY AND ME LAPSIT STORYTIME (Baby) Wednesdays (No storytime May 18) 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.; 10:30 - 11 a.m. Join Miss Allie for stories, song rhymes and activities for you and your baby. Ages 0-23 months. STORYTIME FOR TWO’S (2 year olds) Thursdays 10:30 - 11 a.m. This storytime is the perfect transition from low-key lapsit to the ruckus storytime. Stories, songs and rhymes with Miss Margaret.

S o uthwes t Reg ional ES HORA DE HISTORIA EN ESPAÑOL! / IT’S SPANISH STORYTIME! (2 year olds, Pre-school) Thursdays, Mar. 10, 24; Apr. 7, 21; May 19 Saturdays, Apr. 23; May 28 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Hola Amigos, vengan a cantar canciones y escuchar historias en español. Espero verte pronto! Hi kids, join me for songs and stories all in Spanish. Hope to see you there!

CHINESE STORYTIME (2 year olds) Saturdays, Mar. 19; Apr. 16; May 21 11:15 a.m. – 12 noon Join us for stories, songs and rhymes in Chinese. BILINGUAL STORYTIME (Pre-school, Kindergarten) Tuesdays, Mar. 8, 22; Apr. 5, 19; May 3, 17 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Join Ms. Patty for stories, songs and rhymes in English and Spanish. GERMAN STORYTIME (Pre-school) Saturdays, Mar. 19; Apr. 16; May 21 10:30 - 11 a.m. Join Carolina Kinder for songs, stories and rhymes in German! Fun for the whole family.

St anf or d L . War r en PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME (Babies, Pre-school) Wednesdays (No storytimes Mar. 23, May 18) 10:30 - 11 a.m. Pre-school aged children, come and join us for interactive stories, songs, games and a fun craft! Large groups, please call in advance so that we can accommodate you. *Registration is required. Spring 2016 Branching Out


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Brag tow n *THE BRAGTOWN BEE (3rd - 5th Grade) Wednesday, Mar.2 4:30 - 5:45 p.m. How well can you spell? Compete in the Bragtown Spelling Bee and show off your orthographic skills!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS! (All ages) Wednesday, Mar. 16 4 - 5 p.m. Children of all ages will enjoy this fun celebration honoring Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss!

WHAT’S IN YOUR GARDEN? (Toddler, Pre-school) Mondays, Mar. 7; Apr. 4; May 2 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Master Gardener Melissa Young and Bragtown’s children will plant flowers, pull weeds and groom the garden.

MUSICAL MONDAYS WITH SHARON CLARKE (Toddler, Pre-school) Monday, Apr. 11 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Join storyteller Sharon Clarke for family fun as she shares musical instruments, folktales and songs!

*THE CUPCAKE STACK UP (Elementary) Wednesday, Apr. 27 4 - 5:30 p.m. How high can you go? Will you build a pyramid, a skyscraper, the Eiffel tower or some other sculptural piece? Grab a partner (or two) or go solo on this creative venture to build a cool, cupcake creation. Guest judges will declare the winning work of art.

*WACKY WEDNESDAYS (Toddler, Pre-school) Wednesday, May 25 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. What’s in store for Wacky Wednesday? Lots of fun for everyone. Call for more information.

*Registration is required.


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DR. SEUSS CELEBRATION (All Ages) Wednesday, Mar. 2 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading a few of our favorites, along with the classics! Come make a hat just like the one in The Cat and the Hat, and enjoy snacks as we celebrate all things Seuss!

GET MESSY (All Ages) Fridays, Mar. 18; Apr. 8; May 13 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Come create some messy crafts! Don’t worry, the library will handle the clean up! All supplies will be provided. March: Build and paint kites; April: Create your own slime; May: Bubble wrap painting.

IT’S BARBIE’S BIRTHDAY (Pre-school, Kindergarten) Wednesday, Mar. 9 4 - 5:30 p.m. Let’s celebrate Barbie’s birthday by watching one of her movies in her honor. Snacks will be provided.

*DESIGN YOUR OWN EGG (All ages) Tuesday, Mar. 22 6 – 7 p.m.

HOMESCHOOL HUB (Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary) Thursdays, Mar. 10, 24; Apr. 7, 21; May 10, 19 10 - 10:45 a.m. Come meet other homeschoolers in your area! Each program will explore a new, exciting topic and activity in the realm of science, history, literature or art – all of which will aim to nurture of love of reading, reinforce literacy skills and encourage creative thinking. *SUNDAY SCIENCE ACADEMY (Kindergarten, Elementary) Sundays, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 22 4 – 5 p.m. March 13: The Insane Science of Fairyland. Ever wonder if the Big, Bad Wolf could blow a house down? This and other questions will be answered when science and storytelling collide! Apr. 10: Muggle Magic: The Science of Wizardry. Professor Phinieas Coddswollop presents a program perfect for curious Muggles and proves that magic is not just for wizards! May 22: Hero Tales: Full Body Storytelling. Learn how muscles work, how nerves keep us safe and how sound travels across space and time!


Mondays, Mar. 14; Apr. 11; May 6 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Come meet Dot and Dash, the library’s robots! Learn how to program and code to make the robots do cool things like play the xylophone!

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Stop by the library and decorate your own egg that you can keep forever. The egg will not stink up the house because it is wooden.

MONDAY NITE MADNESS (Elementary) Mondays, Mar. 28; Apr. 25; May 23 6:30 - 8 p.m. March: Prepare for the Storytelling Festival with a Storytelling workshop! Come read Ralph Tells a Story and create your own story! April: Family Game Night. Come enjoy game night with the family – Minute-to-Win it style! May: Family Movie Night. Come out and enjoy a movie at the library! Snacks will be provided!

*ART PARK (Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary) Thursdays, Mar. 31; Apr. 14, 28; May 12, 26 10 - 10:45 a.m. Does your child like art? Being creative? Having fun? Meeting other children? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should definitely attend our Creative “Art Park.” See you there!

STAR WARS, JEDI ACADEMY (All ages) Wednesday, May 4 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. To celebrate Star Wars Day, come join us for Jedi Academy! Come enjoy Star Wars themed trivia, crafts and games!

MARCH IS YOUTH ART MONTH (All Ages) Mar. 1 – Apr. 30 Visit the Main Library to view artwork created by students from surrounding Durham Public Schools. This incredible display includes over one hundred unique pieces of art and exhibits in an array of colorful styles and intricate techniques. The artwork will be on display for two months within the Main Library’s Children’s Unit. For more information regarding the Durham Public Schools art display and the upcoming reception, please call 919-560-0130.

*FREE TUTORING: READING (Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary) Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 2 - 5 p.m. (No tutoring Mar. 25; May 18, 30) Saturdays, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (No tutoring May 28) Free reading tutoring sessions providing letter and sound recognition, phonics and vowel mastery, reading comprehension and general skill enhancement through one-onone practice sessions. Sessions are limited and provided by appointment only; call 919560-0130 or stop by to register.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS: READ ACROSS AMERICA (Baby, Toddler, Pre-school, Kindergarten) Wednesday, Mar. 2 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. It’s a party and you’re invited. Join us for this fun-filled celebration which introduces many of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters through stories, songs, crafts and games. Come share in the festivities, pin the tail on the Cat in the Hat and meet Sam, as he tempts us with his green eggs and ham!

*ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION (Baby, Toddler, Pre-school) Thursday, Mar. 17 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. May the luck of the Irish be with you, as we celebrate the holiday with stories, songs, crafts and more. If you haven’t heard the story of “The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover” or gone on a shamrock hunt, then this is your lucky day! Don’t forget to wear your green, as we celebrate this magical holiday.

*CELEBRATE MOTHER GOOSE DAY: A RHYME-TIME SPECIAL (Baby, Toddler, Pre-school) Sunday, May 1 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

*FIRST STEP ORIGAMI (6-12 Years Old) Saturdays, Mar. 19; Apr. 16; May 14 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join us for this three-part series which introduces children to origami on a variety of levels, starting with the basic folding skills and by session three, ending in amazing works of art. Children are encouraged to enroll in all three sessions, as technique and skill levels increases with each session. Younger children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver to provide assistance.

*A BUNNILICIOUS EASTER SPECIAL (Baby, Toddler, Pre-school) Thursday, Mar. 24 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Let’s visit the bunny trail and join Peter Rabbit and his silly cousin, Little Bunny Foo Foo for a rollicking good time. Celebrate the holiday with some of your favorite characters, and join us as we usher in the arrival of spring with stories, games, a craft and an egg-ceptional treat!

CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH (All Ages) Apr. 1 - 30 Share your love of poetry by submitting one of your own poems for display within the Children’s Unit at Main. Participants are encouraged to be creative and to explore a variety of poetry styles. Accompanying artwork to enhance your entry is welcome. Each poet will receive a certificate of participation.

*EARTH DAY SPECIAL (Pre-School) Friday, Apr. 22 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join us for a special showing of The Lorax. This thought-provoking animated tale by Dr. Seuss teaches us to protect and cherish the earth and warns us of what could happen if we don’t. The movie will be followed by a seed planting craft, encouraging you to love and nurture a plant that may one day end up in your garden.

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, we got a program for you and this is it: “Mother Goose Day!” Come join us as we share some of Mother Goose’s favorite nursery rhymes. Dress as your favorite nursery rhyme character and win a special prize. Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and more.

*NATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK SPECIAL (Pre-School) Thursday, May 5 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Celebrate National Children’s Book Week (May 2-8). Come join in the fun as we share some of our favorite books. Enjoy stories, music, games and more. The program will be followed by a book-making craft session. As a special gift from us to you, each child will receive a free book to add to their own collection.

*MOTHERS’ DAY CELEBRATION (Baby, Toddler, Pre-school) Saturday, May 7 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Mom gets flowers every year; this year why not try something different? Visit the library for a fun family special and let’s make a great gift for mom on her extra special day. Enjoy stories, music, a craft and more. The memories made will last a lifetime.

*THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY BIKE RODEO (All Ages) Saturday, May 14 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon Bring your bike and celebrate National Bike Month with the Spring Bike Rodeo at Main. Learn bike safety, practice cycling skills and decorate your two or three wheeler. Instruction and guidance are provided by the dedicated non-profit groups Bike Durham, Triangle Bike Works and Durham Bike Co-op. Children will be fitted for and issued free bike helmets as long as supplies last. The program will be presented rain or shine.

*Registration is required.

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Nor th Reg ional BUILD-A-BUG (2 year old, Pre-school, Elementary) Saturday, Mar. 5 11 a.m. - 12 noon Love bugs? Bugs are cool, yucky, icky, creepy and very crawly. Kids will create unique bugs during this artsy program.

KNITTING FOR KIDS (All ages) Saturdays, Mar. 12; Apr. 2; May 14 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kids will join Mrs. Cecilia for this program designed to teach and enhance knitting for kids. Materials will be provided. *PI DAY (Elementary)

Monday, Mar. 14   3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Do you know PI? Learn more about the mathematical symbol π. Join us as we celebrate PI Day with interactive fun. We will enjoy music and crafts and PIE…Pizza Pie!

*TAEKWONDO DEMONSTRATION (All ages) Saturday, Apr. 2   3 - 4 p.m.  Taekwondo is the most popular and kidfriendly martial art. The Kim’s White Tiger Demonstration team will present a powerful and energetic performance. Also, children can learn a basic technique of Taekwondo. Let’s burn your energy!  

*Registration is required.

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ARTSY THURSDAY: WEEK OF THE CHILD CRAFT DAY (2 year old, Pre-school, Elementary) Thursday, Apr. 14 4:30 - 5 p.m. Join us for a great artsy day to develop creativity, social skills and fine muscles with open-ended art projects where your child can make choices, use their imaginations and create with their hands.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION (All ages) Friday, Apr. 22 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Join our book garden and meet Craig, the NC Tomato Man. Children will learn about taking care of the earth and recycling. We will play games, read funny stories about helping the earth and more. SHADOW PUPPETS (Baby, Pre-school, Kindergarten) Saturday, May 7 11 a.m. - 12 noon Learn how to make you own shadow puppets. We will test them out before you take them home. *TASTE OF WORLD (Elementary) Saturday, May 14 3 - 4 p.m. We cannot travel all of world, but we can travel through our taste buds and explore foods of the world. Children will learn how to cook and use fresh ingredients. You can get to eat what you make and share with your friends and family.  

*2ND-3RD GRADE BOOK CLUB (Elementary) Wednesdays, Mar. 2; Apr. 6; May 4 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

*SOCK PUPPET THEATER WORKSHOP (6-11 year olds) Wednesday, Mar. 30 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Join us for our 2nd-3rd Grade Book Club. Each month we will read a different book, discuss what we read and make a craft. Sign up online and pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk today!

Join us for our Sock Puppet Theater Workshop! Kids will have the opportunity to create their very own puppet theater as well as a trio of sock puppets to take home with them.

SATURDAY MATINEE (All Ages) Saturdays, Mar. 5; Apr. 16; May 14 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Join us for our Saturday Matinees! Each month we will show a different children’s movie. Feel free to bring your own snacks!

*4TH-5TH GRADE BOOK CLUB (Elementary) Thursdays, Mar. 10; Apr. 14; May 12 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Join us for our 4th-5th Grade Book Club. Each month we will read a different book, discuss what we read and do an activity based on the book. Sign up online to join us and pick up a copy of the book at the Information Desk.

*K/1 BOOK CLUB (Elementary) Thursdays, Mar. 17; Apr. 21; May 19 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Join Miss Erica for South Regional’s very special book club made just for our Kindergarten and First Grade patrons. Each month will feature a different book and craft! Pick up your copy of the book club book at the Information Desk.

FROM BOOKS TO THE BIG SCREEN (All Ages) Mondays, Mar. 21; May 23 5 - 7 p.m. Many beloved books, new and old, are being transformed into movies. Come join us for your favorite classic and popular children’s literature books on the big screen.


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*EPA NATURE WALK (Elementary) Tuesday, Apr. 12 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the science of nature! Get ready for environmental themed books, crafts and a nature walk around the library led by our special guests, the EPA! This program is held as part of the NC Science Festival. For more information please visit CURIOUS GEORGE PARTY (All Ages) Saturday, May 21 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Help us celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Curious George here at South Regional. Join us for a morning of Curious George stories, activities and a craft. Great for kids (and adults) who love that silly monkey! *SHARPIE MARKER TIE DYE SHIRTS (Ages 6-11) Wednesday, May 25 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Get ready for summer! Join us for a chance to create your own “Tie Dye” shirt using markers. Please BYOS (Bring Your Own White T-Shirt)!

*Registration is required.

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St an f or d L . War r en GARDEN CLUB (6-12 year olds, Teens) Tuesdays, Mar. 8; Apr. 5; May 10 5 – 6 p.m. Come and learn about all types of plants as we tend our own library garden with Master Gardener Ms. Melissa.

S o uthwe s t Reg ional *HOGWARTS CLUB FOR WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY (6-12 year olds) Saturdays, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 28 4 - 4:45 p.m. Join the Hogwarts Club for Witchcraft and Wizardry! Every month, the Hogwarts Club meets to discuss Harry Potter and do a magical activity.


Wednesday, Mar. 2 4 - 5 p.m. Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss! A story will be performed, crafts will be done and fun will be had by all.

*CASCARÓN HUNT Wednesday, Mar. 23 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. for 2-4 year olds; 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. for 5-10 year olds Join us for stories, songs and a Cascarón Hunt! Enjoy this tradition from Ms. Patty’s home town. I think you’ll agree it’s eggcellent. Bring your basket and when a cascarón is found, the finder runs up to a friend and squishes it over his or her head.

*Registration is required.


Spring 2016 Branching Out

*TEA PARTY (7-12 year olds) Saturday, Apr. 9 4 - 5 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of tea, snacks and activities. Young ladies dress in your fanciest dress and hat. Young gentlemen wear a shirt and tie.

*TEA TIME PARTY (3-5 year olds) Wednesday, Apr. 13 2:15 - 3 p.m. Join us for tea, stories, snacks and activities. Dress your fanciest and bring a stuffed friend.

DÍA DE LOS NIÑOS, DÍA DE LOS LIBROS / CHILDREN’S DAY, BOOK DAY (All ages) Sábado, 30 de abril / Saturday, Apr. 30 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros is a yearlong commitment to linking children and families to books. Join us for storytimes, activities, tours and much more.

STORIES BY THE POND (Pre-school) Wednesday, Mar. 16 10:30 - 11 a.m. Come for a special Pre-School Storytime this week as we are joined by Colleen Haithcock to celebrate Creek Week as part of Keep Durham Beautiful! WHO HAS YOUR ALLEGIANCE?: DIVERGENT PARTY (6-12 year olds, Teens) Thursday, Mar. 17 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. The final installment of the Divergent movies comes out tomorrow! Are you ready? Join us for a party celebrating all things Divergent!

*COOKING WORKSHOP SERIES (Children, Teens) Tuesdays, Mar. 29; Apr. 19 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. A pinch of this and a sprinkle of that… Learn about nutrition and healthy eating from Public Health Nutritionist Chef Tyrone. Plus, practice planning and making choices, experience an environment to be creative and of course, eat what you make!

*BIRDS OF PREY (Ages 6-12, Teens) Monday, May 23 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Uncover the eating habits of birds of prey using owl pellets! Pellets are the regurgitated remains of an owl’s meal. Don’t be grossed out! As you dissect the pellet, you will find skeletons of mice, voles, birds and more! Space is limited, register early!

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Branching Out - Children's: Spring 2016  

Durham County Library's Children's Programming Guide

Branching Out - Children's: Spring 2016  

Durham County Library's Children's Programming Guide