Two pop-up youth programs at the Reedsburg Public Library

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Reedsburg Public Library

Two new pop-up youth programs debut at the Reedsburg Public Library. The “Teen STEAM” program will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays from November 29 to December 29. 20, when Teen Time normally meets. The “After School Exploration Program” will take place from 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays, December 1-22, when the After School Book Club normally meets. A light snack will be offered at the start of each program.

These two four-week pop-up sessions allow for some self-guided activities while the Youth Services Department is between its fall and winter sessions. “The purpose of these pop-up programs is to encourage curiosity. For many children and adolescents, much of their daily life is structured for them. Exploring, creating and working with peers without set expectations is not only fun, but also important for developing essential life skills like problem solving and communication,” said Jess McCarlson, Youth Services Librarian.

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The library’s “STEAM Cart” and its contents, purchased in 2017, solves just these problems. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and has become synonymous in education. The cart was assembled in 2017 with a grant from Oakdale Credit Union and an anonymous donor. STEAM cart components include magnetic tiles, marble tracks, remote control machines, pressure circuits, and more. Junior Technicians from grade five are invited to try the activities on each of the four Tuesdays in the four-week series.

The Thursday After School Contextual Exploration Program is designed for children in 4K through fourth grade. During the first session, on December 1, participants’ imaginations will be challenged with the library’s vast collection of LEGO bricks. On December 8, after-school explorers can experience STEAM Cart Kits. On December 15, students can build a wooden bird feeder or other wooden craft kit with supplies provided by Home Depot. Board games, including the ever-popular “Operation” and “Don’t Break the Ice,” are on the December 22 schedule.

“Family Stories” is the theme for this month’s Beanstack Reading Challenge. The challenge is open to participants aged 0-109. Help us reach the community reading goal of 7,500 minutes before the end of November; every minute counts. Earn virtual badges along the way, as well as a “made by the library” pin. Sign up for the Beanstack Tracker app or log into the library’s homepage at reedsburglibrary.org and click “Beanstack”.

For more information, call the library at 608-768-READ (7323) or email [email protected]

The Reedsburg Public Library is located at 370 Vine Street in downtown Reedsburg. The library is open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Reedsburg Public Library is located at 370 Vine Street in downtown Reedsburg. The library is open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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