Around the Library: Youth Services (Spring 2015)

The year is off to a great start in youth services at the Orange County Public Library. In January Tiny Tots Storytime had record attendance—77 children and parents—and families have found the new time for Kids Explore a better fit for their busy schedules. In February we added a monthly Homeschool Happening programming and already have had great interest from our homeschooling community.

Between January 10 and March 14 young library visitors enjoyed the folk art exhibit from Mike’s Art Truck. Over 50 people participated in the Pete the Cat scavenger hunt, and on March 8 we raffled off one signed copy of James Dean’s latest Pete the Cat book, Cavecat Pete.

In addition to our weekly storytime and school-age programs, Youth Services hosts special events. On March 7 we hosted Seussical Saturday, where patrons of all ages enjoyed stories, games and other activities.

On March 19 we will hold a Drive-In Movie for preschoolers at 5:30 p.m. And on Saturday, April 25, Gloria Glenn will give a talk on her book Coretta: The Top Turtle in conjunction with the Friends Spring Book Sale. For more library event information, visit www.bit.ly/ocplcal.

Mark your calendars now for upcoming summer events!

Our Second Annual Summer Reading Kick-off is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, and Science in the Summer returns, this year with a focus on oceanography.

Science in the Summer will run July 22-July 24 for 6th-8th graders and July 27-July 31 for 2nd-5th graders. Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, this hands-on science education program is free, but registration is limited. Registration began March 16 for 6th-8th graders and March 17 for 2nd-5th graders. For more information or to register, visit moreheadplanetarium.org/sis/home.

We welcome Amber Campbell as our new youth services director. Amber transitioned to our department in January from her role as the library’s systems manager and brings more than 10 years of library experience with her to her new position. Please stop by and say hello!

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