Youth events at the library
Published: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
The Alachua County Library District is hosting seasonal guests and programs for children of all ages. Here is a sampling of craft activities, music lessons, puppet shows, gaming competitions and more available at local libraries. Attendance is free but advance registration is required for some programs.
The complete calendar is available at www.aclib.us/events.
CONE PARK BRANCH
2841-A E University Ave., Gainesville
■ Fun with Food Art Series: Children 5 to 11 work with a local artist to create an art project to take home, 3 p.m. Friday and Nov. 15. Registration required. Call 334-0720.
■ Grand Opening of the new Cone Park Branch Library: Watch for details and December date.
■ Fun with Food Part I Sweet Art: Paint cakes or sweets using watercolors with inspiration from pop artist Wayne Thiebaud's pastry paintings, 3 p.m. Friday.
■ Fun with Food Part II Hamburger Collage: Use different materials to build America's favorite food — the hamburger, 3 p.m. Nov. 15.
6640 SE 221st St., Hawthorne
■ Teen Guitar Lessons: Sign up for guitar lessons offered by library staff. No instruments or materials necessary, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 and 21, and Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Call 481-1920.
401 E. University Ave., Gainesville
■ NaNoWriMo: Teens and adults join other writers to make progress on a 50,000-word novel Tuesday nights in November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), 6-8:45 p.m. in the Foundation Room, Tuesday and Nov. 12, 19 and 26.
■ Minecraft Madness in the Teen Space: Build constructions in a 3-D-generated world with an unlimited supply of resources and the ability to fly, 4 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.
■ HQ Puppeteers present Rumpelstiltskin in the Story Woods Room: A fun-filled production of Rumpelstiltskin for children 3 to 11. Confetti will be thrown, 2 p.m. Nov. 26.
1130 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville.
■ Beading Just for Youth: Children 5 to 11 learn how to make cool jewelry in this beginners beading program, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 19, and Dec. 3 and 17.
■ Open Mic for Teens: Teens showcase their talents with song, rap, jokes or poetry. The only requirement is being respectful of your peers, 4 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 4.
706 NE Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy
Family Game Day: Celebrate International Gaming Day with old-school board games, for ages 5 to 18, 2 p.m. Nov. 17.
3145 NW 43rd St., Gainesville
■ Read to a Dog: Children 5 to 11 read to Nalia, the retired seeing-eye dog, who loves books and a good belly rub, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 20 and 27, and Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
■ A Puppet Man and a Storybook Lady: Children 1 to 11 watch as A Puppet Man & A Storybook Lady perform story time with books and puppets, 1 p.m. Nov. 16 and Dec. 21.
■ International Gaming Day: Adults and teens celebrate International Gaming Day (a day late) with board, Wii and card games, 2 p.m. Nov. 17.
■ The 75th Hunger Games — Catching Fire Release Party: Teens compete to survive the Quarter Quell before the midnight release of “Catching Fire,” 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21.
110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry
■ Gingerbread House Contest: Children and teens build gingerbread houses for the holiday season. The best gingerbread house will win a prize, and each attendee can eat or take home his or her creation, 3 p.m. Dec. 18.
TOWER ROAD BRANCH
3020 SW 75th St., Gainesville
■ Folktales with Caryl: Children 5 to 11 join storyteller Caryl McKellar for fun folktales for the whole family, 4 p.m. Monday.
■ Preschool Storytime with local author Ellie Wlkov: Local author Ellie Wilkov shares her book, “Where Are You Growing Up?” and explores living in different places of the world, children 3 to 5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
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