To all the Forsyth County parents stressing about what to do with the kids over spring break, take a deep breath, relax, and then prepare to fill up the calendar. The Forsyth County Public Library has your family covered all week long with activities for babies, preschoolers, school-aged kids, and teens, too.
Spring Break week kicks off at the Post Road Library on Saturday, April 4 with a special One World Forsyth performance by The Center for Puppetry Arts. Two free performances will be given at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. to celebrate Diversity in Action Day (Dia!). Families and kids of all ages will learn about different puppet traditions from around the world, participate in the puppet show, and make a puppet or other Dia crafts. Space is limited to 100 seats per show, so arrive early to claim a spot.
Puppetpalooza takes the stage at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, April 7 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The show travels to the Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, April 8 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. There will be three Puppetpalooza performances at the Post Road Library on Thursday, April 9 at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. The show will also be presented at the Hampton Park Library on Thursday, April 9 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The library’s newest program, Sensory Storytime for Children with Special Needs, will be held at the Sharon Forks Library at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4.
Books and Babies, a weekly early literacy program for babies up to 24 months old, will continue its regular schedule with meetings April 6 – 9. Check out www.forsythpl.org for specific times at each location and to register.
Wendy Bennett, a 20-year veteran of the Woodruff Arts Center’s Young Audiences program, will present “Storytime Alive” at all library branches during spring break. Through music and movement, Wendy will help kids figure out how characters make their way from the pages of children’s literature to the Broadway stage. Wendy’s musical theatre draws on examples from well-known children’s favorites in a fun, interactive program for all ages. Wendy will perform at the Post Road Library on Monday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m.; at the Hampton Park Library on Monday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m.; at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m.; and at the Sharon Forks Library on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. This program is sponsored by the FCPL Friends and Advocates.
Children in grades K though 2 are invited to read The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers and join the Chatterbooks book club at the Hampton Park Library on Wednesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m. for crafts, activities, and a discussion of the book. Advance registration is requested.
Young readers will not want to miss “A Doggone Storytime Featuring Biscuit.” It will be a barking good time filled with great stories, fun music, and a special puppet show. Be sure to bring your cameras and snap a picture with Biscuit. A Doggone Storytime will be presented at the Cumming Library on Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.; at the Hampton Park Library on Friday, April 10 at 11:15 a.m.; at the Sharon Forks Library on Friday, April 10 at 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.; and at the Post Road Library on Saturday, April 11 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. This program is sponsored by the FCPL Friends and Advocates.
Take a trip to the rainforest without ever leaving the library! On Monday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m., Wildlife Wonders will bring live, exotic rainforest animals to the Cumming Library. Zookeepers will introduce a variety of animals that live in the rainforest, from the canopy to the damp, spongy forest floor. All ages are welcome.
Whooo loves owls? Everyone! And you can meet live owls from the Thompson Raptor Education Program at the Post Road Library on Friday, April 10 at 11:15 a.m. All ages are welcome to learn about these amazing feathered creatures, the wisest of the carnivores.
Fire Safety & Touch-a-Truck
Firefighters from the Forsyth County Fire Department will visit the Sharon Forks Library on Monday, April 6 at 1:00 p.m. to help kids learn the basics of fire safety. After the program, kids will be able to touch and explore a real fire truck outside the library.
Children will also learn the dangers of fire, the importance of fire safety, and what to do in case of a fire at home with a tour of the Fire Safety House. The program will be held at the Cumming Library on Friday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m.
Stop by the Post Road Library on Tuesday, April 7 at 1:15 p.m. to see a variety of vehicles including fire trucks, police cars, a recycling truck, and even a Sawnee EMC cherry picker – that’s a special truck with a long arm for lifting people and equipment up to high power lines.
Movies, Music & Parties
Put on your best pajamas and come out to the Sharon Forks Library on Monday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. for a very special version of our weekly PJ Storytime: PJ Dance Party! You’ll be jammin’ in your jammies to all your favorite songs. This event is fun for the whole family and all ages are welcome.
Puppy lovers of all ages should head out to the Hampton Park Library at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8 for a special screening of the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians.
Kids who love dressing up as pirates and fairies should put on their costumes and visit the Post Road Library for a special Pirate and Fairy Party on Wednesday, April 8 at 1:15 p.m. Pirates and fairies in grades K through 5 will make magic wands, pirate accessories, sand art, and more. At 2:00 p.m., they can settle in to watch the newest Tinker Bell movie The Pirate Fairy. Please register to attend the Pirate and Fairy Party.
On Wednesday, April 8 at 3:30p.m. you’re invited to the Hampton Park Library to celebrate the birthday of our favorite doggy friend, Memphis! Join in wishing him a howlin’ good birthday by making a special card and reading him your favorite book. All ages are welcome and advance registration is requested.
The Sharon Forks Library is now ready to screen movies! Come out for a special Red Carpet Movie Premiere at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 and you can be among the first to see The Lego Movie (rated PG) at the library. Lego creation stations will be available during and after the movie so elementary school students can create their own Lego masterpieces.
Kids ages 8 and up are invited to the Cumming Library on Friday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. where they can whip up their own sticky, slimy “flubber” and then watch the 1997 film Flubber starring Robin Williams.
Legos & Games
Get out to the Hampton Park Library for an afternoon of BIG fun at the Big Game Day on Tuesday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m. Families and kids of all ages can play giant versions of games like Jenga, Memory, Checkers, and more.
Have a builder in the family? Build something independently, with a family member, or with other kids using Legos and building blocks at the Hampton Park Library on Friday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. This Busy Builders program is open to all ages.
Tweens & Teens
Like art? Tweens in grades 4 through 8 should stop by the Hampton Park Library on Tuesday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m. for SmartArt for Tweens and explore printmaking, portraits, sculpture, and photography (bring your own camera). The group will learn about such artists as Hokusai, Rembrandt, Cameron, and Degas. Advance registration is requested.
Teens planning to babysit over the summer should participate in the Babysitter’s Toolkit seminar at the Cumming Library on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. The program will focus on safety and early literacy, then participants can decorate a tote bag to take on babysitting jobs, create flyers to promote their services, create emergency contact lists, and learn how to select great books to read aloud to children. This program is for grades 6 and up, and advance registration is required.
Think you know pop culture, history, science, music, sports, or literature? Come on out to the Cumming, Post Road, and Sharon Forks Libraries on Wednesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. and you can play team trivia against teens at the other locations via Skype. This event is for middle and high school students.
Martial Arts, Stranger Danger & Self-Defense
The Post Road Library has partnered with Pro Martial Arts to host a series of interactive classes on stranger danger, handling bullies, building confidence, and basic self-defense.
On Sunday, April 12 at 2:15 p.m. preschoolers will experience the Armor Method of recognizing stranger danger that will leave them smarter, not scared. Kids ages 3 to 5 should register to attend.
At 3:00 p.m., elementary school students will use the Armor Method to recognize bullies, defend themselves, carry themselves with confidence, and stop the cycle of bullying. Kids in grades K though 5 should register to attend.
At 3:45 p.m., middle and high school students will learn basic self-defense skills and use the Armor Method to stay safe and get themselves out of scary situations. Students in grades 6 through 12 should register to attend.
Detailed information on each Spring Break program is available at www.forsythpl.org, or browse events by location at the Cumming Library, the Hampton Park Library, the Post Road Library, or the Sharon Forks Library.