Programs & Events for Youth

 

2018

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 500, for more information and to register. Priority is given to Batavia Public Library cardholders for all programs requiring registration.

Unless otherwise noted, registration for January programs begins Jan. 2, registration for February programs begins Feb. 1. Patrons of all abilities are welcome at our programs. Please contact the Library regarding accommodations.

 

 

Visit our events calendar here:  Programs and Events


Family Programs | Student Programs | Storytimes


For Students

 

 

Minecrafternoon 

 

Thursday, March 1, 4:30 pm

4:30 pm

Ages 6–14

Join your fellow Minecrafters for an hour of play on the Library’s Minecraft system. Entry tickets will be handed out beginning 15 minutes before the program until gone. Space is limited.

 

Dewey Club

Registration required.

Tuesday, February 20, 4:30 pm

Secret Codes and Ciphers

Grades 2–4

Join us for a journey into the world of nonfiction.

Card Sharks 

Registration required.

February 15

6:30 pm

Ages 9–13

Learn card games like Rummy, Euchre, and Crazy Eights—and strategies to help you win! Registration for February. 1 program begins January. 2.

 

Chess Club
Registration required.
Tuesday, February 27, 4:30 pm
Ages 6–14
Learn more about chess or improve your chess skills as we explore strategy and tactics. Basic knowledge of the game is required; however, all skill levels are welcome. A portion of the hour will be spent on strategy and a portion playing the game using what you have learned.

Curiosity Club

Registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4:30 pm
Grades K–2
Through books, games, and experiments, participants explore a variety of science and nature topics. Each participant also receives a take-home activity.

Mad Scientists Club 

Registration required.

Monday, Feb. 26, 4:30 pm

Artists & Masterpieces

Grades 3–5

Explore your inner scientist with activities, experiments, and games.

 

Game Day 

Monday, Feb. 19, 2:30–4 pm 

Ages 6–14

Enjoy indoor games on this day off from school. We’ll play Wii, chess, giant Connect Four, and other games.

 

Coding for Kids

Registration required.

Monday, Mar. 5–25, 4:30 pm

Grades 4–6

Are you a computer fan? Retired computer science teacher Jo Ann Smith facilitates this 4-week coding instruction program. Each week, Smith will offer instruction and introduction to some basic tools, followed by time for self-directed coding work and skill building. Registration begins Feb. 19.

 

Middle School Mystery Night

Registration required.

Fri., Mar. 9, 6:30–9 pm

Grades 6–8

Play a life-size game of Clue with characters and locations based on the magical world of Harry Potter. You’ll also eat pizza and try to unlock the secret in a challenge room to earn hints to solve the Clue mystery. Registration begins Feb. 23. Space is limited. A signed parental form and $3 per participant are due at registration.

 

 

For Families

 

 

Observation Stations

Drop by Youth Services each month to explore new Observation Station. Each month’s station will include an

in-house or take-home activity. Stop in often to see what’s new!  

 

Reading Wonderland

Jan. 13–Feb. 28

Enjoy a “Reading Wonderland” during Winter Library Club 2018. This winter club combines reading and activities for families (at least one child and one adult) to do together. Beginning January 13, families can pick up an activity sheet at the Youth Services Desk. Complete the activities described on the log and then return it to earn rewards at 4 different levels. Families participating in Winter Library Club must be Batavia Public Library cardholders or have children attending a Batavia school. All Winter Library Club activity logs must be turned in by 9 pm, February 28.

 

Chinese New Year Celebration

Fri., Feb. 16, 1–2 pm
Learn, play, and create at our Chinese New Year Celebration for all ages. Try your hand at writing Chinese symbols, show off your chopstick skills, play games, and create your own lucky fish.

 

Mark Hayward’s Family Comedy Show

Sat., Feb. 24, 11 am
Mark Hayward brings his expert toy manipulating-skills and family-friendly comedy to the Library. Hayward has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and America’s Got Talent. Doors to the Founders Room open at 10:45 am.

 

Read Across America

Fri., Mar. 2, 1–2 pm

It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Join us as we celebrate the fun of reading and honor Dr. Seuss. Enjoy stories and book-related activities and games.

 

Winter Storytimes

 

Stories in Motion

Sat., Mar. 3, 11 am

Ages 3–6

Books are great to listen to, but they really come alive when we add movement to them, too! We’ll act out stories, learn fun stretches, and practice lively movement rhymes and songs. Each program has a different theme.

 

Family Storytime

Monday, Jan. 15–Feb. 26, 7 pm

Families with children through age 7 are welcome.

 

Baby Storytime–Pre-Walkers 

Registration required.

Tuesday, Jan. 16–Feb. 27, 9:30 am

Babies 0–23 months with a caregiver

Babies who are not yet walking can enjoy songs, nursery rhymes, lap games, and book-sharing. Please make alternate care arrangements for older siblings.

 

Toddler Time
Registration required.

Monday, Jan. 15–Feb. 26, 10:30 am

Tuesday, Jan. 16–Feb. 27, 10:30 am

Ages 2–3 with a caregiver

Enjoy stories, rhymes, and more. Programs last approximately 25 minutes.

 

NEW! Drop-In Toddler Time

Tuesday, Jan. 16–Feb. 27, 11:30 am

Stories, rhymes, movement, and more for children ages 2–3 and their caregivers. Programs last approximately 20 minutes and are followed by a short group play time. Space is limited. Please show your Batavia Public Library card at the Youth Services Desk to receive your entry ticket. Entry tickets will be given out 20 minutes before the program until gone.

 

ABC Storytime

Registration required.

Wednesday, Jan. 17–Feb. 28, 10 am

Wednesday, Jan. 17–Feb. 28, 1 pm

Thurs., Jan. 18–Mar. 1, 10 am

Ages 3–6

Activities, Books, and Craft program for children without a caregiver.

 

Baby & Tot Storytime

Fri., Jan. 19–Mar. 2, 10 am

Babies and tots through 35 months with a caregiver

Drop in for stories, rhymes, and songs. Please make outside care arrangements for older siblings. Space is limited. Please show your Batavia Public Library card at the Youth Services Desk to receive your entry ticket. Entry tickets will be handed out beginning 20 minutes before the program until gone.

 

Baby Storytime–Walkers

Registration required.

Fri., Jan. 19–Mar. 2, 11 am

Babies through 23 months with a caregiver

Babies who are walking can enjoy songs, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, games, and book-sharing. Please make alternate care arrangements for older siblings.

 

Preschool Drop-In Storytime

Fri., Jan. 19–Mar. 2, 1 pm

Ages 3–6

Younger siblings welcome. An adult must accompany children under the age of 4 years. We’ll celebrate the Chinese New Year during the Feb. 16 storytime and “Read Across America” during the Mar. 2 storytime. 

 



 

And Don’t Miss . . .

Registration is not required for the following activities.

 

Observation Stations

Drop by Youth Services every month to explore a new Observation Station. Each month’s station includes an in-house or take-home activity.

 

Movies at the Library

Sun., Feb. 18, 2 pm

Families

Please call the Library for movie title, length, and rating. On Jan. 4, make a Captain Underpants nametag at 10:45 am. Sunday movie matinees include snacks.


Drop-In Craft

Monday, Feb. 19, 11 am–1 pm

All ages