Check out the Children’s Section at Liberal Memorial Library!

We have been really busy updating our Spanish section in the children’s department at Liberal Memorial Library and have lots of great books for children of all ages in Spanish. If you are a teenager or an adult looking for fresh, fun Spanish reading materials, head to the children’s department and pick up a book and enjoy it yourself or share it with a child. We have several new Big Nate books in Spanish, some of the 39 Clues Series, some new Fancy Nancy and Katie Woo books and even Divergent in Spanish. The new Spanish books are some of the most popular books in the kid’s section, so if what you are looking for is checked out, you can put a reserve on it from home or while you are at the library and when it comes in, we’ll call you. If you have books that you love in Spanish that we don’t have, let us know, so that we can see if we can order them.

January is also the month when a lot of the big children’s book awards are announced. We will have all of the new award winners displayed once they are announced. If you are looking for past winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Pura Belpré or National Book Award winners for children, check out our display right across from the circulation desk. Some of my favorite books are up there, so after you read one, let me know what you thought of it. We also have books about popular New Year’s resolutions for kids!

There is a lot planned for the month of January. Of course, we still have story time for children on Tuesday evenings at 6:00, Wednesday mornings at 9:30 and Thursday mornings at 11:15. Join us for stories, songs and crafts. No registration is required and children of all ages are welcome. We also have a lapsit on Tuesday mornings at 11:15 for babies, which includes super short stories, songs, snuggles and play time afterwards. It’s a great chance to give your baby a place to play with other kids and a chance for parents to chat! All are welcome at the lapsit!

We also have programing for older kids. On the 12th of January we are having our first ever coding for kids ages 8+ from 4:00 to 5:30. If you have a child or a teenager who is into video games or playing on the computer, this is a great way for them to see how some of the programs work. It will start out super easy and kids can progress to more difficult coding based on their ability! No need to bring anything for this event, which will be held in the Learning Center at the Library.

Girls ages nine and older are invited on Monday, January 26th from 4:00 to 5:30 for our first Girl’s Club meeting. It will be a lot of fun.

We are having a read-a-thon on the 23rd of January and a scavenger hunt at the library on January 22nd and 23rd. There is no school on either of these days, so kids can come to the library and hang out with their friends and see if they can make their way through the scavenger hunt.

Finally, it’s still a ways off, but mark your calendars for the Children’s Healthy Fun Fair. This year, the fair will be on Saturday, March 7th at the Ag Building. It’s your chance to find out ways to keep your whole family safe and healthy. Last year more than 20 different agencies from across southwest Kansas came together to provide information and to have fun!

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