Wheeler Memorial Library will not be taking a winter nap during February school vacation week. Instead, the Children's Room is offering 5 special programs spanning the interests and ages of all its patrons from toddlers through adults. The library is closed on the Monday February 18th for the Presidents' Day holiday but it opens up first thing Tuesday morning with a special storytime led by Rae Griffith of Teaching Creatures for children from toddler to kindergarten age. Rae is bringing with her an Australian Sugar Glider and a Pygmy Hedgehog. She has stories to share about these unusual animals and the audience will be able to visit with them. Since this event has almost reached its maximum number of participants, those interestd should call the library to register (978-544-2495 x103). On Tues at 1:30 four animals from Out of Africa will be shared with an audience of first graders through adults seeing Rae's animals up close. Rae's programs are known to foster the natural curiosity people have about animals while instilling respect and appreciation for the earth we all share. Come expose yourself to the wonders of a python, the “Geico” gecko, an African Pygmy Hedgehog, and more. To avoid disappointment call the library to save your space (978-544-2495 x103) If you would like to learn more about either of these programs, you can visit the web site: www.teachingcreatures.com
On Wednesday, February 20th at 5:00, those in fourth grade through adulthood will be able to make small wall hangings, pins, and/or earrings while learning the very old art of Wheat Weaving. Taught by Royalston librarian Kathy Morris, the participants will be working with wheat grown by Kathy right here in Royalston MA. Many may remember Rumplestilskin as they meet Kathy who can “spin” these strands of wheat into gold thread. This evening is a perfect time for spanning the generations as parents and children, teens and adults, enjoy an evening together with each bringing a unique twist to their project. In order for Kathy to bring. Once again registration is suggested. Call the library at 978-544-2495 x103.
The library will offer two very different workshops on Thursday, February 21, 2013. At 2:00 science lovers in third through sixth grade are invited to join in a Mad Science class called Chem in a Flash. Each participant will be making their own chemical reactions under the supervision of an instructor. But the science doesn't need to stop at the library door because the participants will be sent home with the materials needed to conduct their own safe experiment at home. Registration is suggested (979-544-2495 x103) More information about Mad Science can be found at westnewengland.madscience.org
Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 a book club for 2nd through 4th graders will start up. Adult/ child teams will be given their very-own-forever copy of Jane Schoenberg's Stuey Lewis Against All Odds. Stuey is a third grader with a knack for very nearly getting himself into trouble of one short or another. Jane is our neighbor from New Salem whose 20 years of teaching experience left her with an ability to create a believable and funny champion for all second, third, and hopefully 4th grade students. Come share in a pizza snack while meeting The One and Only Stuey Lewis. On March 15, 2013 at 5:00, after reading Stuey Lewis Against All Odds, members of the club will meet with Jane to learn about Stuey's creation and ask Jane their questions . Librarian Candy Cross knows she will be asking if Jane will she write a book about Stuey in fourth grade
None of these wonderful programs would be available without generous contributions from several local sources. Big G's Minimart, the Athol Orange Area Rotary Club, and the Orange Cultural Council a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.