Libraries offering children's programs

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.

To kick off the new school year, Alachua County Library District branches in east Gainesville will offer after-school activities to keep children engaged in learning, with lots of fun in the mix.



* What: After-School Craft Club for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth-grade.

* When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept 10, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24.

* Where: Cone Park Branch Library, 2841 E. University Ave.

* Cost: Free, but registration required.

* Information: Call 352-334-0720.


* What: Girls Tea Party for girls ages 5-11.

* When: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11, and 4 p.m. Wednesdays through December.

* Where: Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.

* Information: Call 352-335-0165.

The Cone Park Branch Library will be hosting the After School Craft Club for boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth-grade and Library Partnership will continue its popular Girls Tea Party for girls ages 5-11.

The Craft Club will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 at the picnic tables between the library and the Eastside Recreation Center at 2841 E. University Ave.

Heather Sostrom, manager at Cone Park, said registration will be required to make sure there are enough art supplies for everyone. To register, call 352-335-0720.

Anita Jenkins, manager at Library Partnership, said the branch will continue to host its monthly Girls Tea Party, which will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and at 4 p.m. every Wednesday thereafter through December.

Sostrom the art program was initiated by the children asking for more art opportunities than coloring books and crayons. "They wanted to do more," Sostrom said.

Jenkins said the focus of the Tea Party is for girls to do something positive while having fun. "We want them to learn the importance of working together," said Jenkins. "We want them to learn real valuable lessons about everyday life while having fun."

Craft club

Participants will learn about basic art techniques and comparative artists, as well as explore related art. Sostrom said weekly projects will include rubbings or frottage, watercolors, and printmaking with vegetable stamps. The children also will explore related artwork by famous artists and then they will create their own spin on it. "How to create their art has to come from them," Sostrom said.

In addition, participants will have an opportunity to learn about music and poetry with a focus on the art. Sostrom said all of the materials are non-toxic and washable.

Tea party

Jenkins said the girls will have an opportunity to drink tea; dress up in tiaras, hats and bows; learn life skills, such as etiquette and the importance of teamwork; set goals and learn punctuality. They also will engage in role-playing to learn self-esteem, confidence, respect, and other important character traits. Jenkins said that at last month's meeting the children enjoyed tea, finger sandwiches and cupcakes and learned tea and dinner etiquette.

"I want them to take what they learn home," said Jenkins, "and set the table, sit down with their family and get involved."

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