“We’re pretty excited to be able to help kids and influence their reading and growing journeys,” said Tina Dolcetti, children’s librarian.
The library offers several different “Take N’ Make” activities throughout February. “Basically, families can come in to get these kits, and they’re little crafts and activities that families can do with ages four and older,” Dolcetti explained. “It’s a great way to expand your child’s literacy.”
The Take N’ Make kits for February are themed around Valentine’s Day in the first half of the month (Feb. 2 to 15), and then a button tree scavenger hunt in the second half (Feb. 16 to Mar. 1).
Families who want a kit for themselves should come in to the library circulation desk. Each Take N’ Make kit has a craft, an outdoors activity suggestions, and book suggestions.
The library is also offering Scientists in School activities for kids aged four to 12. Registration is required, and families will need to come in the week before the activity to grab a kit. Families are encouraged to contact email@example.com as soon as possible to participate.
The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation has fully funded Scientists in School, which will have scientists from Ontario guiding children virtually through the activity.
The first Scientists in School is “gross-themed.” Kids will doing things like making a burp-in-a-bag and learning about animal scat. “If your kid loves gross stuff,” Dolcetti said, “it’ll be amazing. Any kid that loves Dog Man or Diary of a Wimpy Kid will probably be interested.”
The second Scientists in School is called “Science meets art!” and kids will be making a spinning top and a kaleidoscope, as well as designing their own galaxy.
Lastly, February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month in Saskatchewan. The library will be hosting two Aboriginal Storytimes on www.festivalofwords.com/sas. The storytimes will be by Solomon Ratt and Wilfred Buck as part of a partnership between Library Services for Saskatchewan Indigenous Peoples Inc., Palliser Regional Library, Moose Jaw Public Library, and the Saskatchewan Festival of Words.
The children’s programs are summarized below:
- Facebook Live storytime every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2-5
- Take n’ make: Valentine’s day card, Feb. 2 to 15, for ages 4+
- Scientists in School – Eww… that science is gross! Virtual program, Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m., ages 4-12
- Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month with Solomon Ratt (virtual program)
- Elementary reading on Feb. 15 at 10:00 a.m.
- High school reading on Feb. 17 at 10:00 a.m.
- Saskatchewan Aboriginal Storytelling Month with Wilfred Buck (virtual program). For all ages, Feb. 15 at 1:00 p.m.
- Aboriginal Storytelling Month stories are at www.festivalofwords.com/sas
- Take n’ make: button tree Feb. 16 to Mar. 1, for ages 4+
- Scientists in School – Science meets art! Virtual program, February 26 at 10:30 a.m.