Grand County: Libraries divert teens and children with winter programs
Programs planned for February in the Grand County Libraries include teens and children in the mix of entertaining and informative winter diversions.
Whether it be learning music, being a “mad” scientist, knitting with needles or enjoying a break after school, your library includes Grand County’s younger generations in intellectual, social and technological activities.
Fun Stuff for Teens
Teenagers sometimes say they don’t have much to do in Grand County, especially during the winter months. The Grand County Libraries strive to fill that void. Teens have several programs tailored especially for their unique needs.
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In Grand Lake, for example, “Teens Mad Scientist Experiments” is the name of a program on tap for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Juniper Library. In this program, young scientists who love applied experimentation get a “hands-on” look at how science works in the laboratory and in real life.
This program is free and is intended for ages 12 and older. The Juniper Library asks that teens call ahead of time to reserve a spot (this is required). Call Sue Luton at (970) 627-8353 to make a reservation and find out more about this dynamic learning activity.
The Juniper Library in Grand Lake also offers a social event that features cinematic entertainment during the teen movie night at the Juniper Library. This takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. There is no charge for this event. Pizza will be served.
Call the library to find out what film is being shown this month.
Teens in the Granby area can also enjoy activities tailored just for them. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, the Granby Library hosts its monthly “Teens Third Thursday.” This month teens can make their own creative beads and other formations with colored dough. This event is free. For more information call the Granby Youth Services Librarian Lynn Jennings at (970) 887-2149.
Programs for Children Entertain and Inform
There are many ongoing and special programs for children across the county at your library.
Free beginning guitar lessons for all school-aged children are being offered at the libraries. Dave Hemphill of the Grand County Blues Society teaches these classes.
They are offered at the Kremmling, Granby, Fraser Valley and Juniper at Grand Lake libraries once a month. Contact your local library or check http://www.gcld.org for details and to reserve a spot. Guitars are available for loan on request.
Children and their parents can also enjoy several different free story times at your libraries.
The Fraser Valley Library hosts children’s story hours Monday and Tuesday mornings at 10.
The Kremmling Library hosts a Moms’ and Tots’ free story time at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. This session includes instruction of basic sign language, which has been shown to be an aid in early childhood development and communication.
The Hot Sulphur Springs Library has an intimate and cozy children’s story hour at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
The Granby Library hosts preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and infants and toddlers at 11 a.m. on Thursdays.
In Grand Lake, a children’s story hour takes place at 11 a.m. on Fridays.
Story times aren’t the only programs offered for children at your library.
In Kremmling, there’s a Kids Knit program where children learn to knit. Geared for students elementary school age and up, they can knit with needles, Knifty Knitters or they can finger knit. Participants are asked to bring yarn. This group meets every Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Call Youth Services Librarian Cathy Jones at (970) 724-9228 for more information on this program.
A special event geared toward children is also planned at the Kremmling Library in February. This is the Horizon’s Early Intervention Training for Parents. Set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, this program teaches parents a play-based program for children from the ages of birth to three. Horizons offers professional development therapists who help parents encourage motor, language and cognitive development through play. This follows the “Moms’ and Tots'” story time. Call Youth Services Librarian Cathy Jones at (970) 724-9228 for more information on this program.
Toddler story time at the Kremmling Library takes place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. This is for ages 2 and a half to 5 years of age. For the February event there will be singing, dancing, stories and a special Valentine craft. Also, Harley the puppet dog may make a special appearance to tell his famous “knock-knock” jokes.
Festive holiday programs and snacks are featured in the “After School Fun” program at the Juniper Library. For kindergartners to fifth graders, this takes place at the library from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoons.
Events of Note for Adults
While teens and children can get their fill of programs in the Grand County Libraries, there are several events of note for adults planned for February also.
At the Granby Library people can enjoy a virtual trek on Mt. Kilimanjaro with Hannah Pennington. Pennington, a local disabled athlete who recently completed a six-day trek up the highest peak in Africa, shares photos and anecdotes from the trip, which was sponsored by the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the U.S. Paralympics.
Follow Hannah through the landscapes of Tanzania as she and four other disabled women athletes climb to combat stereotypes about people with disabilities. This program is free and takes place at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4.
Also featured at the Granby Library is a film produced in 1950 that was set in Grand County. The film, “On Dangerous Ground,” starring Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan, was shot largely in Grand Lake, Tabernash and near Granby.
The Fraser Valley Library is featuring an art opening for artist Brock McCormick at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. McCormick, a Tabernash resident, uses metal, wood and other mediums to create works of art that connect to the natural world. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.
Just when you think there’s nothing to do in Grand County in February, think again. There are many other programs, book discussion groups, and computer classes available in Grand County. Call your library or go to gcld.org to see what else is happening at your library.
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