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Youth activities


ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS HERE!

Abraham Lincoln is coming to the library January 17! Well, it's not the Abraham Lincoln, but it's a professional Abraham Lincoln presenter, Kevin Wood, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Lincoln and is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times. Come meet Mr. Lincoln, hear his perspectives on slavery and emancipation, and get first-hand insights into the relationships between the white and black races during the Civil War era. It's a night that will bring history to life! For more information, visit www.mrlincoln.com. (This event is part of the library's 2nd annual Black History Month Celebration.)

Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Time(s):  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Thursday
Place:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost:None
Date(s):January 17
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


ALL NIGHT SKATE

Come to Spin City and skate all night! Kids can skate, dance, play basketball, play video games, and watch movies.

Ages/Grades: Ages 6–12
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m.
Day(s): Friday–Saturday
Place: Spin City Skating Rink
Cost: $25.00 (Includes dinner and breakfast)
Date(s):January 11, February 1, March 1, April 5
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


AUTHOR DAYS

Authors have birthdays, and birthdays are meant to be celebrated! So we're hosting some fun on our favorite authors' special days. Stop by any time throughout the day to make crafts, do scavenger hunts, test your knowledge of these authors' stories, and more!



Ages/Grades: All ages and families
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: None
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


CHRISTIAN SKATE NIGHT

Families and friends can skate to their favorite Christian tunes at this popular event. It's fun, it's family friendly, and it's happening only at Spin City!

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Day(s): Sundays
Place: Spin City Skating Rink
Cost: $4.00
Date(s):January 6, February 17, April 21, May 5
Registration deadline: None
Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


DADDY DAUGHTER MOTHER SON BALL

You are invited to attend our 2nd Annual Daddy Daughter Mother Son Ball, hosted this year in our very own library ballroom! It's a time for daddies and their princesses and moms and their brave knights to dress up and have a memorable evening together! Join us for dancing, games, photo opportunities, and light refreshments. Tickets are $5/person and available for purchase at the library starting January 7. Ball attendance is limited; advance registration/ticket purchase is required by February 7. All proceeds go to the library's book donation program, DBPL at DBPL: Donating Books to Promote Literacy. This program puts new books in the hands of members of the Geary County community to encourage reading and thereby to support literacy and strengthen our community.

Ages/Grades: All ages
Time(s): 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Day(s): Friday
Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Cost: $5 per person
Date(s):February 15
Registration deadline:February 7
Sponsored by:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


Explorers

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade will discover the fun of learning at this once-a-month hands-on interactive class. This semester our theme is "Engineering Challenges." Classes last approximately 30 minutes. Pre-registration is required. (STEAM events)


  • January 17: Up in the Air, Down in the Dirt
    It's crazy science fun as we attempt to make ping pong balls float and toilet paper rolls fly! Think we can do it? Come find out! Then get your hands dirty with magical mud made out of potatoes! It's ooey, it's gooey, it's gross! But it's cool!

  • February 21: Sparkle, Puff, Pop!
    Discover an awesome way to turn a lump of coal shiny and see the "diamond" in the rough. And create a carbon dioxide sandwich that inflates itself and then…well, what do you think happens next?

  • March 21: Slithering "Snakes" and Slime
    We're turning sugar into a snake! No, it's not an act of magic—and no, there won't be a hissing reptile. It's a science reaction that produces an amazing result! And we're going to mix up some magnetic slime that moves! Science is so much fun!

  • Ages/Grades: Kindergarten - 5th grade
    Time(s): 1:00 or 4:15 p.m.
    Day(s): Thursdays
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    \ Registration deadline:  Two days before each class
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    FREEDOM READ READING PROGRAM

    We're celebrating Black History Month with a special Winter Reading Program for adults and Reading Participation Program for youth ages 0-18. Starting January 11 in honor of the day the 13th Amendment to end slavery was proposed, this program will include opportunities to "travel" along the Underground Railroad. Participants in the adult Winter Reading Program can move along the Underground Railroad (and win prizes) by reading 4, 6, and 8 books. Youth in the Reading Participation Program can move along the Underground Railroad path by reading books and doing physical activities. Prizes will be awarded at 4 books/4 physical activities, 6 books/6 physical activities, and 8 books/8 physical activities. Each prize level will also bring young people to a stop along the Underground Railroad that will allow them, when they stop by the library to claim their prize, to discover a fun fact about that Underground Railroad location. For adults and youth, reading can be tracked online (www.jclib.org) or on paper.

    Ages/Grades:All ages and families
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Date(s):January 11 – February 28
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    Friday Night Live

    Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for some fun Friday-night activities and events! Advance registration is required. (This program was formerly known as Teen after Hours.)


  • January 18: Sci-fi Night
    In honor of January's National Science Fiction Day, we're putting together some sci-fi fun for this month's Friday Night Live. Join us for sci-fi adventures (Jumanji, anyone?), some sci-fi artistic creativity, sci-fi improv comedy (imagine a Maze Runner meets Star Trek routine), and more!

  • February 22: Board Game Battles
    It's board games like never before! Get in on the fun as we play Battleship, Monopoly, Checkers, Scrabble, and more—but with some unexpected interactive twists!

  • March 15: Hogwarts Science 101
    We love mad science around here, and we thought, "What if we threw Harry Potter into the scientific equation?" So we tried it, and the result? Hogwarts Science! Come see science go Hogwarts wild with these fantasy-tastic experiments!

  • April 19: Popcorn and Movie Night
    Everybody loves movie night! By popular request, we are showing that old favorite, Shrek. (That's a nice movie. I like that movie.) Come enjoy some popcorn, and laugh like crazy at Shrek and Donkey's adventures!

  • Ages/Grades: Grades 6 - 12
    Time(s): 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
    Day(s): Fridays
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    \ Registration deadline: Two days before event
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    HANDS AND HEARTS FOR ART - ELEMENTARY ART CLASS

    Kids will explore a new art concept each week.

    Ages/Grades: Ages 5 - 12
    Time(s): 10:00am
    Day(s): Saturdays
    Place: Junction City Arts Council Studio, C. L. Hoover Opera House
    Cost: None
    Date(s): Ongoing
    Registration deadline:  Call 785-762-2581 or email jcartscouncil1@gmail.com for registration information.
    Sponsored by: Junction City Arts Council


    MAD SCIENTIST

    Let's be creative as we join together for some Mad Scientist fun! We will explore science with items found in and around your very own house. Each scientist will take home their own pair of safety goggles!

    Ages/Grades: Ages 6–10
    Time(s): 1:30–3:00 p.m.
    Day(s): Monday
    Date(s): February 18
    Place: 12th Street Community Center
    Cost: $15.00 per participant
    Registration deadline:February 11
    Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    MEDICAL EXPLORERS

    Students engage in up-close exploration of healthcare careers.

    Ages/Grades:High school age students
    Time(s):/Day(s):/Date(s):A new 8-class session begins each fall (September) and spring (January) semester
    Place:Geary Community Hospital
    Cost: $25.00
    Registration deadline:Interested students should contact Nancy Dettmer at nancydettmer@usd475.org or Nikki Davies at ndavies@gchks.org for enrollment information.
    Sponsored by: Geary Community Hospital


    NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK CELEBRATION

    Celebrate authors, literature, and libraries with opportunities to win prizes all week long! Check out our Facebook site for some book photo challenges and library trivia. Stop by the library to play Name That Book. Take part in our Book Spine Poetry Contest. Put your guess in for how many books were in our library at the end of 2018. And join us Tuesday, April 9, at 10:00 a.m. for a special "Libraries Are Groovy" storytime and photo op with Pete the Cat—who will be there with his groovy buttons on!

    Ages/Grades:All ages and families
    Time(s): 1:30–3:00 p.m.
    Day(s):Monday - Friday
    Date(s):April 8 - 12
    Place:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Registration deadline: April 8 for 4/9 Pete the Cat storytime only
    Sponsored by:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    PETE THE CAT'S "LIBRARIES ARE GROOVY" STORYTIME

    It's a special storytime with Pete the Cat! Join us for some of our favorite Pete the Cat stories. Take a walk in Pete's shoes (and get your groove on). Help Pete find his buttons. Create a Pete the Cat craft. Do the Cool Cat Boogie and rock on with other fun songs. And get your picture taken with Pete! It's all part of our National Library Week celebration—because libraries are groovy! So get in on the fun, for Pete's sake!

    Ages/Grades: Ages 10 months - 6 years
    Time(s): 10:00 a.m.
    Day(s):Tuesday
    Date(s): April 9
    Place:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: $15.00 per participant
    Registration deadline:April 8
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    PRESCHOOL SKILLS

    The years before children start school are so formative and important for their later academic and life success. This new Preschool Skills class is designed to provide fun and engaging learning opportunities to help increase children's exposure to the skills they need: counting, matching, shape identification, motor skills, sequencing, communication skills, early literacy, pattern recognition, and more. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their children to strengthen their own understandings of how to work with them to develop these skills beyond this class.

    Ages/Grades: Ages 3 - 5
    Time(s): 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    Day(s): Thursdays
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost:  None 
    Date(s): January 24 – April 4
    Registration deadline: Ongoing
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    READ AND LEARN CLASSES

    These year-round preschool classes develop and promote social skills, listening comprehension, and foundations of early literacy through letters, vocabulary, numbers, and sequencing. Classes are designed to encourage children's love of reading via story, song, crafts, games, and sensory experiences. A registration form must be filled out for each child attending.

    Ages/Grades:: Ages 10 months to 6 years. Caregiver attendance is required for children 2 years of age and under and is optional for children 3 - 6 years of age.
    Time(s):/Day(s):Early Starters Morning Class: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays Ready Readers Evening Class: 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays
    Place: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost:  None 
    Date(s):  January 22 – April 4
    Registration deadline: Ongoing
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    READ TO A DOG

    Read to a Dog programs increase literacy skills for readers by offering them opportunity to read aloud to a dog. Reading to a dog, who does not judge mistakes, helps alleviate fear of stumbling over or mispronouncing words. The more these readers read, the stronger their reading skills become and the more their confidence grows. Dorothy Bramlage Public Library's Read to a Dog program provides young people 15 minutes of read-aloud time per session with a certified therapy dog. Advance registration is required. (Due to the limited number of spaces available per day and the distance dog owners travel to be available for this program, registrations are viewed as a commitment to attend. Those who register but fail to attend their reserved session forfeit future registration for the semester.)

    Ages/Grades: Grades 1 - 12
    Time(s):/Day(s):Sundays: 2:30-2:45, 2:45-3:00, 3:00-3:15, 3:15-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 4:15-4:30, 4:30-4:45, 4:45-5:00, 5:00-5:15 p.m.
    Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Date(s):January 20 & 23 and February 3, 6, 17 & 20 and March 3, 6, 17, 20 & 31 and April 3, 14, 17 & 28
    Registration deadline: Advance registration is required. Reading times open until filled
    Sponsored by:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    READING PARTICIPATION PROGRAMS

    Here at the library, we love to read! And we want to share our love of reading with you! Each semester, we hold our Reading Participation Programs to offer reading challenges and increase the fun of reading. This semester we have three Reading Participation Programs you won't want to miss!


  • January 11 – February 28: Freedom Read
    We're celebrating Black History Month with a special Winter Reading Program for adults and Reading Participation Program for youth ages 0-18. Starting January 11 in honor of the day the 13th Amendment to end slavery was proposed, this program will include opportunities to "travel" along the Underground Railroad. Participants in the adult Winter Reading Program can move along the Underground Railroad (and win prizes) by reading 4, 6, and 8 books. Youth in the Reading Participation Program can move along the Underground Railroad path by reading books and doing physical activities. Prizes will be awarded at 4 books/4 physical activities, 6 books/6 physical activities, and 8 books/8 physical activities. Each prize level will also bring young people to a stop along the Underground Railroad that will allow them, when they stop by the library to claim their prize, to discover a fun fact about that Underground Railroad location. For adults and youth, reading can be tracked online (www.jclib.org) or on paper.

  • March 19 – 31: March Madness
    Get in on the game as we celebrate March Madness with this fun reading challenge! How many books can you read in 13 days? Read 4 to make First Four, 5 to make Cinderella Team, 6 to make Elite Squad, 7 to make Final Four, and 8 to make Champion. Prizes will be awarded at each level. To add to the fun, for every book you read, we'll put a basketball up on our wall to see how far around the library we can make our shot!

  • April 8 - 30: Reading Counts
    April is Mathematics Awareness Month, so we're turning our reading into math projects. Our first goal is to see how many books we can read from April 8 to 30. Every book counts! (That was a pun.) Then, we're going to see what all we can do mathematically with the books that have been read. How many ways can we group them? How many ways can we graph them? What kind of math problems can we create out of them? (For example, if I have 100 books total and take away all the Harry Potter books, how many books do I have left?) Opportunities to win prizes are available for the person who reads the most books and for individuals who enter the math question of the week drawings. This is a great way to make math visual, personally engaging, and fun—all through reading! Reading can be tracked online (www.jclib.org) or on paper. All entries must be turned in by April 30.

  • May 4 – August 4: Summer Reading Program
    Read this summer and win prizes with our Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program! The program begins May 4 with our special Stars Wars Space Day Kickoff Event and ends August 4. Registration can take place throughout the program and may be completed online at www.jclib.org or in person at the library. (Program is limited to 1 registration per person.) Participants should choose the option most appropriate to their grade level and/or reading level. Teens are able to participate in either the teen program or the adult program but must choose one or the other. Those who choose to participate in the teen program also have a choice between reading by the minute or by the book.

  • Ages/Grades:Children and youth through grade 12
    Place:  Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    SAFE SITTER® BABYSITTING TRAINING

    Be the sitter that parents want! Babysitting is important business and good babysitters are always in demand! Safe Sitters gain the skills needed to do the job well and earn parents' trust. Students who complete the medically-accurate, up-to-date program gain confidence and learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. They are taught how a child's age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. Students also learn how to perform infant and child choking rescue. They even learn CPR. Call the 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for additional class information.

    Ages/Grades:Grades 6 - 8
    Time(s):  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Day(s): Thursday - Friday
    Place: 12th Street Community Center
    Cost: $40.00 (Scholarships are available if qualifications are met.)
    Date(s): January 3 – 4 or March 14 - 15
    Registration deadline:December 27 or March 7
    Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    SCHOOL'S OUT SUMMER BASH

    Celebrate the end of the school year at our summer party for K - 8th graders! Join us for family, food and fun! Enjoy the bounce house, hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, and lots of fun games inside and out! This is a free event and a great time for children and parents alike!

    Ages/Grades:Grades K - 8
    Time(s): 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Day(s): Friday
    Place:12th Street Community Center
    Cost:None
    Date:May 24
    Registration deadline: None Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department.


    SPIN CITY MINIATURE GOLF

    Fooooore! Get outside and enjoy a nice round of golf. Mini golf that is! Spin City has an 18-hole course that is challenging for every level of golfer. Bring the family for some nice friendly competition.

    Ages/Grades: All ages and families
    Place: Spin City
    Cost: $5 per person
    Date(s): Open by appointment & during good weather conditions.
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by: Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    SPRING BREAK AT LIBRARY LABORATORY

    Blow off some STEAM this spring break with these fun science and art days! Class size is limited. Advance registration is required. (STEAM events)

  • Shake Things Up! - Monday, March 11
    Get ready for hands-on geology and earthquake experiments, activities, and investigations that will rock! (Pun totally intended)

  • Eric Carle Art Day - Tuesday, March 12
    Try your hand at art Eric Carle style! (Eric Carle is the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and many other books. He illustrates his books using collages made of layers of pieces of paper, resulting in vibrant, creative images that kids and adults have been admiring now for 50 years!)

  • Ages/Grades:Grades K - 5
    Time:1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Day: Monday - Tuesday
    Place:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost:None
    Date(s):March 11 - 12
    Registration deadline:March 8
    Sponsored by: Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    STARS WARS SPACE DAY SUMMER READING KICKOFF EVENT

    This year's Summer Reading theme is about space, and since May 4 is Star Wars Day, it seemed like a perfect day to kick off the Summer Reading fun! Join us at 3:00 p.m. to recognize our bookmark contest winners! Sign up for Summer Reading! Create cool light saber crafts! Do an erupting Death Star science experiment! Get starry-eyed with constellation flashlight fun and make your own marshmallow constellation! Craft some Yoda ears or Princess Leia buns! And win prizes with Star Wars trivia!

    Ages/Grades: All ages and families
    Time(s): 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Summer Reading Bookmark Contest recognition at 3:00 p.m.)
    Day(s): Saturday
    Place:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Date(s):May 4
    Registration deadline: None
    Sponsored by:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    SUMMER READING BOOKMARK CONTEST

    Artists, share your talent with readers throughout our community! Each year Dorothy Bramlage Public Library sponsors the Summer Reading Bookmark Contest, inviting community members to create bookmarks based on the upcoming Summer Reading theme. Entry forms will be available at the library and distributed through Geary County Schools beginning February 1. Thirty winners, three from each age category, will be chosen by judges from local organizations. First-place winners' bookmarks will be printed in color and distributed to participants in the library's Summer Reading Program. Creators of first-place winning bookmarks will be awarded a small prize package that includes a pack of bookmarks to give to friends and family. All winners will be publicly recognized at the library's Summer Reading Kickoff Event on May 4.

    Ages/Grades: Grades K - 12 and adults
    Place:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
    Cost: None
    Date(s):May 4
    Registration deadline:February 1 - March 8 (for submissions)
    Sponsored by:Dorothy Bramlage Public Library


    WHAT'S HAPPENING WEDNESDAYS: NEW YEAR BAKE OFF

    After school, when homework is done, and you don't know what to do. Join the 12th Street Community Center for What's Happening Wednesdays and meet a friend or two. This is an after school program where children can be kids, as they build on their social skills, critical thinking, and confidence during fun activities, and games. This semester join us for a special treat and fun experience and the opportunity to bake, learn and eat!

    Ages/Grades:Grades 1 - 8
    Time(s):4:15 – 5:00 p.m.
    Day(s):Wednesday
    Place:12th Street Community Center
    Date(s):January 2
    Registration deadline:Call the 12th Street Community Center, 785-238-7529, for cost and registration information
    Sponsored by:Junction City Parks and Recreation Department


    WINTER CARNIVAL

    Everyone loves a carnival! Here the Early Childhood Family Network brings together area organizations that serve families of early learners. Each organization has a booth with a game and prizes. Carnival games are free. Donations will be accepted as a fundraiser for Dorothy Bramlage Public Library's book donation program.

    Ages/Grades:All ages and families
    Time(s):9:00 a.m. – Noon
    Day(s):Saturday
    Place:Shenk Gymnasium, Junction City High School
    Date(s):February 16
    Registration deadline:None
    Sponsored by:Geary County Infant Toddler Services


    YOUTH AVIATION CLASS

    Hands on learning for young aviators to-be! Here students learn about all things aviation through flight simulation, Young Eagle Flights, and aircraft restoration. Current project is assembling a Piper Tripacer aircraft. For additional information see our web site at: www.1364.eaachapter.org/youthprograms.htm.

    Ages/Grades: Grades 6–12
    Time(s): 9:00 am.–Noon
    Day(s): Second Saturday of each month
    Place: Hanger EAA, Junction City Airport, Freeman Field, 540 W. 18th Street
    Cost: None
    Date(s): Ongoing
    Registration deadline: None. Just show up!
    Sponsored by: Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1364