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From the Natrona County Public Library
After School @ your library
By Jerry Jones, Youth Services Coordinator
November 1, 2006
In the late afternoon Natrona County Public Library is abuzz with students working on homework assignments or hunting down their favorite book or movie. The library is a wonderful place for the reader or researcher, but also a destination of choice for those who need to wind down after a busy school day. Fortunately for all students, Natrona County Public Library offers both an educational atmosphere, and a place for fun activities! NCPL is now offering weekly after-school programs throughout the school year, designed for elementary-age kids.
Afterschool @ the Library is held every Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm, providing students with a way to unwind in the hours between getting out of school and dinner with their families. It’s also a great place for kids to bring their friends, or meet new ones. The activities vary from week to week, featuring a variety of educational, constructive and fun topics. The month of November is no exception.
Students with a competitive edge can drop in November 1st for game day. Monopoly, Jenga, and Clue are just a few of the many choices available. Chess or checker strategists will also be able to find a spot to play their game. Games are always better with friends, so kids are encouraged to bring a buddy or two.
NCPL’s programs can also help kids learn about ways to be involved in their community. “Ropin’ and Ridin’” on Wednesday, November 8th features Tom Parker, the Rodeo Team coach at Casper College. Mr. Parker will bring lassoes, saddles, and a bounty of cowboy gear to show kids what it takes to ride a bronco or bull in college rodeo.
While Leonardo da Vinci may be most famous for painting the Mona Lisa, he was also one of the world’s most creative and amazing inventors. The book, “Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself ” by Maxine Anderson will be featured on November 15th. Young inventors can try their hand at replicating “Invisible ink,” a “Monkey Wrench,” and maybe even “Leonardo’s Webbed Gloves,” evidence of his infatuation with conquering the world of water.
Sometimes, though, kids just need to sit back and relax after a day in school. A special movie presentation based on the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” provides the golden opportunity. On November 29th, kids will be shocked to discover what really happened the day Red Riding Hood walked thru the forest to visit her sick Grandmother.
Afterschool @ the Library programs continue throughout the school year on Wednesdays at 4pm. Pre-registration is not required for these events, but parents may check in with the Children’s department to find out about upcoming activities. NCPL is planning additional events for elementary age kids in the near future, including computer classes, book discussions especially for tweens, programs featuring trivia and games from favorite books, and much more. Your Natrona County Public Library provides programs for all ages – preschool through adult. Check in today to find a program of interest to you.
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