January Events at the Library

December 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 4, 6 p.m. – Modern Classics Book Discussion Group. This month’s selection is “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway.

Wednesday, January 5, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, January 5, 10:30 a.m. – Homeschooler’s Book Discussion. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud to the group. We will stop periodically throughout the reading to discuss the book and ask comprehension questions. This is a great way to enhance your reading program and to give your children a chance to discuss books and learn from other childrens’ viewpoints. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, January 5, 3-5 – Afterschool @ EPL: Gamers Club. Teens only. Snacks provided.

Monday, January 10, 4 p.m. – Introduction to Ebay. Learn how to buy and sell and how to be safe on an online auction site. Prerequisites: You must have an email and know the password; basic Computer and Internet knowledge.

Monday, January 10, 6 p.m. – Monday Night @ The Movies: Mulan II. Rated G. Mulan gets the surprise of her life when her love, Li Shang, now a General, asks her to marry him.  Before they can walk down the aisle the Emperor assigns them to marry off his three daughters to the enemy Mongols to keep the peace.  Mulan must contend with her conflicted feelings about their arranged marriages as well as dealing with Mushu the meddling dragon that is seeking to break up her impending nuptials.

Tuesday, January 11, 4 p.m. – Kids Reading Tales to Tailwaggers. Enjoy reading to a dog? Children in grades 1-4 are invited to read a story to a KPET certified dog. The dogs and their handlers will be in the library ready to listen. Each child may choose stories on his or her reading level lasting for approximately 10-12 minutes. You may choose the 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. time slot.

Wednesday, January 12, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, January 12, 10:30 a.m. – Homeschooler’s Book Discussion. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud to the group. We will stop periodically throughout the reading to discuss the book and ask comprehension questions. This is a great way to enhance your reading program and to give your children a chance to discuss books and learn from other childrens’ viewpoints. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, January 12, 3-5 p.m. – Afterschool @ EPL: Wacky Wednesday Teen Cartoon Afternoon. Snacks provided.

Thursday, January 13, 11 a.m. – Fun with Movement. Come join us for a fun time of moving to music. We will be learning how to play some musical games as well as using our bodies, scarves and parachutes to move with various types of music. Ages 3-6.

Monday, January 17, 4 p.m. – Introduction to YouTube. Learn how to upload and share videos with friends and family. Prerequisites: You must have an Google account and know the password; basic Computer and Internet knowledge.

Monday,, January 17, 6 p.m. – Monday Night @ The Movies: “The Great Mouse Detective.” Rated G. There’s action, mystery and comedy afoot when super sleuth Basil of Baker Street returns to match wits with his old nemesis, Professor Ratigan in this re-release of the Disney studios 26th full-length animated feature. Featuring music by Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini, this delightful, animated comedy-caper follows our hero and he pursues his evil rat rival from the depths of London’s sewers to the dizzying heights of Big Ben’s clock tower. The breathtaking climax is set against the meshing gears of the giant clock, which remains as one of the most complex, innovative and exciting sequences ever attempted in animation.

Wednesday, January 19, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, January 19, 10:30 a.m. – Homeschooler’s Book Discussion. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud to the group. We will stop periodically throughout the reading to discuss the book and ask comprehension questions. This is a great way to enhance your reading program and to give your children a chance to discuss books and learn from other childrens’ viewpoints. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, January 19, 3-5 – Afterschool @ EPL: Gamers Club. Teens only. Snacks provided.

Wednesday, January 19, 5-8 p.m. – Drop-In Valentine’s Day Card Making for Soldiers. Stop by the library and make Valentine’s Day cards for our “adopted” sailors on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Thursday, January 20, 3 p.m. – Introduction to the Keyboard and Mouse. This course will provide a general overview of using a PC. Little or no computer knowledge is required. Participants will learn the basic parts of a computer, as well as the proper use of basic computer functions such as: powering the computer on and off, using a mouse and keyboard, and highlighting, copying and pasting text.

Thursday, January 20, 6 p.m. – Mystery Book Discussion Group. This month’s selection is “Second Sitting” by Stella Whitelaw.

Thursday, January 20, 7 p.m. – Family Story Time. The entire family can participate by listening to stories,  singing songs, making crafts and enjoying a snack. (Stories and activities are planned for children 3-7, but older and younger children are also welcomed.)

Beginning Monday, January 24, 10 a.m. – Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computers. This six-part course is designed for people who have never used a computer before. Learn the lingo, master the mouse and keyboard and familiarize yourself with the computer’s desktop – all in a friendly and patient atmosphere. Participants are expected to attend all six classes. A $50 materials fee includes your book for the class and all handouts.

Monday, January 24, 4 p.m. – Introduction to Windows. Learn some new and cool things about Windows 7. Recommended for people who have just bought a computer or are planning on purchasing a computer.

Monday, January 24, 6 p.m. – Monday Night @ The Movies: “Lion King II.” Rated G. This sequel to the blockbuster animated hit follows the adventures of Princess Kiara, firstborn cub of Simba and Nala, and future heir to the kingdom. Kiara’s designated babysitters, Timon and Pumbaa, are no match for the feisty, curious cub, and soon Kiara is off on her own, exploring the forbidden territory known as the Outlands. There, she meets a handsome young lion cub named Kovu, and the two become fast friends. Will Kovu be able to resist his mother’s evil schemes to have a future with Kiara? Should Kiara convince her father to trust Kovu or is that the path to disaster? The very future of the pride depends upon the decisions the young princess must make.

Wednesday, January 26, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, January 26 – Library is closed for in-service.

Thursday, January 27, 11 a.m. – Fun with Movement. Come join us for a fun time of moving to music. We will be learning how to play some musical games as well as using our bodies, scarves and parachutes to move with various types of music. Ages 3-6.

Thursday, January 27, 3 p.m. – Introduction to Computers, Part II. This class will explore Windows, the computer operating system, as well as various programs. Participants will learn about the basic elements of Windows including common menus, toolbars and icons. A basic overview of Microsoft Word will provide participants with the skills to create, save and print documents, use features such as Word toolbars, and check spelling and grammar. Prerequisites: How to Use a Mouse and Keyboard course OR familiarity with using a keyboard and mouse.

Monday, January 31, 7 p.m. – African Drumming. Feel like you have traveled to Africa! Come to the library to hear Mark Seaman, owner and operator of Earth Rhythms in West Reading, PA. He is bringing with him many African drums that he will demonstrate. You will also get a chance to play a drum. As a special treat, Mark is bringing along a friend who has made several trips to Africa and will be dancing for us. She is also a talented storyteller. Get a taste of African culture.

Public Libraries throughout Lancaster County will hold their 11th annual Mitten Tree Campaign beginning on Monday, November 15th.  Librarians from the county’s public libraries, in the spirit of holiday giving, will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, earmuffs and umbrellas that will benefit children & families served by Lancaster County Children & Youth Services.   All 17 public libraries and the Bookmobile will participate in this year’s project.  Donations may be made from Monday, November 15th through Friday, December 17th

The Mitten Tree project has been hugely successful during the past nine years.  Last year the project netted 3,852 donations.  Lancaster County’s Children and Youth Social Service Agency will oversee a portion of the distribution to children throughout the county, while many of the items will also be distributed to other service agencies in Lancaster County and local library communities. Ephrata Public Library’s donations will go to Ephrata Area Social Services.