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Library events for children and teens

Lego Saturdays: The library’s Lego collection will be available for free play, developing creativity, imagination and problem-solving skills. All 10 a.m.-noon. South, Saturday, Oct. 10; East, Saturday, Oct. 17.

Explorer Club: Headquarters, Saturday, Oct, 10, 11 a.m. Investigate different genres through activities based on books. Programs are for children in second-fifth grades; lasts one hour. This month’s theme will be “Walk Like an Egyptian.” Travel with Explorer Club to Ancient Egypt and experience the fascinating land of the pharaohs. Discover hieroglyphs, masks and more from this land of the past. Attend the club this school year and get a Passport to Reading. Earn a stamp at each meeting. Children with three stamps by May 2016 will get a free book. Children attending six club meetings earn a special prize.

Book Chats: South, China Grove, Thursday, Oct. 8, 4:15-5 p.m. A book discussion group for second- and third graders. “Leroy Ninker Saddles Up” by Kate DiCamillo. A limited number of books will be available at all library locations, so registration is strongly recommended.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 4:15-5 p.m., for children in third and fourth grades. “Clementine,” by Sara Pennypacker.

Adventure Club: Headquarters, Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. Join Robert and Johnathan for another round of adventurous hands-on science activities and projects; lasts one hour. This month: “Spoooooky Science Experiments.”.”

2015 Children’s Bookmark Contest: Monday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Nov. 4.  Children ages 4-12 years old create and submit their original Rowan Public Library bookmark design. The winning bookmarks in three age categories (4-5 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years) will be reproduced for distribution at all library locations. Friends of Rowan Public Library Winners Reception will be held Monday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.rowanpubliclibrary.org for contest rules, entry forms and more.

Teen Advisory Board: Teens who join this board provide input on the library’s teen programming and book selections and discuss current events and issues of interest to teens in Rowan County. Meets once a month, 4:40-5:30 p.m. East, Monday, Oct. 12; South, Thursday, Oct. 15.

Anime Club: For teens, headquarters, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Learn all things Anime. Second Tuesday of the month, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Teen Fall Festival: Free and open to middle and high school teens. Come play pumpkin bowling, pumpkin sweep and other games celebrating the fall season. All at 5:30-7 p.m. South, Tuesday, Oct. 13; headquarters, Tuesday, Oct. 20; East, Monday, Oct. 26.

Weekly events for children through Nov. 30.
Baby Time: Loosely interactive, introducing simple stories and songs to babies 6-23 months old with a parent or caregiver. About 30 minutes. Headquarters, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; East, Mondays, 10 a.m.

Toddler Time: Focused on sharing books, singing songs and encouraging listening skills for children 18-35 months old with parent or caregiver; 30 minutes. Headquarters, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; East, Mondays, 11 a.m.

Tiny Tumblers: Simple stories, musical scarves and instruments for babies 6-23 months old with  parent or caregiver. South, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.; 30 minutes.

Preschool Time: Encourages exploration of books and builds reading readiness  for children 3-5 years old. Headquarters, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.; East, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Noodle Head Story Time: For children 4 and up to enjoy listening to silly books and tales together; 30 minutes. Headquarters, Thursdays, 4 p.m.; South, Mondays, 4 p.m.

Art programs: Activities and instruction based on various themes and media.  Program activities vary by branch. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult; 30-45 minutes. Headquarters, Art in the Afternoon, Thursdays, 4:30 p.m.; East, Emma’s Easel, Thursdays, 4 p.m.; South, Art with Char, Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Children 7 to 9 years old (first to third grade) can reserve a slot to read aloud to a therapy dog by calling the Children’s Room. Headquarters, Saturdays, 10 a.m., Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12.

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