With summer vacation at an end, Crawford County public libraries have plenty of after-school activities planned for kids.
Four public libraries in Crawford County will have after-school activities for kids of all ages, beginning in September.
Mulberry will have an hour of activities for teens and “tweens” ages 10-17 during Teen Time every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Mountainburg has a variety of crafts, games and baking activities for teens and “tweens” at Teenology, held every Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.
Alma also has weekly sessions for kids, including Teen Scene every Wednesday and Children’s After School Program every Thursday, both at 4 p.m. Van Buren has After School Activity for kids every Thursday at 3:30 p.m., including a Pirate Party Sept. 19.
Each library also has a multitude of other activities planned for kids throughout the month.
Alma will have Children’s Science Club Sept. 3 at 4 p.m, giving kids an opportunity to learn about nature. Children’s Art Club will be Sept. 10 at 4 p.m., allowing kids to be exposed to a variety of art mediums and techniques. Both sessions are held each month.
Mountainburg will have Wii Friday each Friday at 3:30 p.m., with a Wii and other games available for kids to play. Mulberry also will have a Wii game night Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Mulberry will have a Sashay Scarves Class, with registration for the 15 available spots by Sept. 20. The class will teach how to crochet a Sashay Scarf and will be held Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Cedarville will have a Grandparent’s Craft Day Sept. 5 at 3:30 p.m., with kids bringing a grandparent to make them a craft. A movie night will be held Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m.
Both Van Buren and Alma will have activities centered around Roald Dahl Day and National Banned Book Week. Roald Dahl was the author of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Van Buren and Alma public libraries are celebrating Roald Dahl Day Sept. 13 with a theme of “Mischief and Mayhem.”
Alma is celebrating all day with Willy Wonka treats and a drawing at 5 p.m. for a Roald Dahl gift basket. Van Buren is celebrating the day beginning at 3:30 p.m., with kids getting the opportunity to make crafts and treats - such as Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight - from Roald Dahl’s books.
National Banned Book Week will be highlighted Sept. 23-27 at the Van Buren Public Library. Library officials will be honoring “the freedom to read and the value of free and open access to information,” according to library staff.
To draw attention to National Banned Book Week, Van Buren Branch Director Danalene Porter will be “arrested” Monday, Sept. 23 and “mugshots” of patrons supporting her position on having public access to books and expression of ideas will be posted to Facebook the next day, according to library staff.
Other activities and crafts will be held throughout the week at the VBPL.
Alma will honor the week with two nights of Banned Books into Movies nights Sept. 24 and 26 at 4:30 p.m.
Library personnel also are encouraging the public to sign up for a library card throughout the month of September, as each new library card applicant will receive a small gift and have their name placed in a drawing. Current cardholders also can have their name placed in the drawing by using their card.