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Rowan Public Library hosts events for teens, children

Ongoing activities for teens and children take place at Rowan Public Library at all branches.

Teen Advisory Board: Teens who join this board provide input on the library’s teen programming and book selection and discuss current events and issues in Rowan County. TAB meets once a month at each library location from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Today, South Rowan Regional, China Grove.

Chocolate Festival: Enjoy chocolate and chocolate-themed games. Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 16, headquarters; Feb. 23, East.

Chapter Chats Book Club: A weekly book club for teens ages 14-17 primarily for participants with developmental or intellectual disabilities, but all are welcome. Meets at Yosties, 202 N. Main St, Faith, Tuesdays, 4 p.m., through May 24.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Children ages 7 to 9 can practice reading skills in a relaxed, dog-friendly atmosphere. Reading Therapy dogs registered through Therapy Dogs International are available for beginning and struggling readers to read aloud to them. Reservations are recommended but not required. Headquarters, Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., Feb. 16 and 23, and Saturday, 10 a.m., Feb. 20. East, Mondays, 3:30 p.m., Feb. 29, March 14 and 28.

Lego free play: Legos help children’s reasoning and problem-solving skills. The library’s Lego collection will be available for free play, or you can bring your own, Saturdays at 10 a.m. Feb. 20 at South and at headquarters.

Adventure Club: Headquarters, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-noon. Adventurous hands-on science activities and projects.

Explorer Club: Headquarters, Feb. 27, 11 a.m. Investigate different genres through activities based on books. Programs for children in third-fifth grades; lasts one hour. This month’s theme will be games and brains.

Book Chats: Thursday, Feb. 18, 4:15-5 p.m., for children in second and third grades. A book discussion group. A limited number of books will be available at all library locations, so registration is strongly recommended.

Weekly events for children through April 30:

Baby Time — Simple stories and songs for 6-23 month-olds with parent or caregiver. Program 30 minutes. Headquarters, Wednesdays, 10 a.m.; East, Mondays,  10 a.m.

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

Tiny Tumblers — Stories, musical scarves and instruments for ages 6-23 months with parent or caregiver. Same program offered twice a week;  30 minutes. South, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.

Preschool time — Encourages exploration of books and builds reading readiness skills for children 3-5 years old with parent or caregiver; 30 minutes. Headquarters, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.; East, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Noodle Head storytime — For children of all ages to enjoy listening to silly books and tales together; 30 minutes. Headquarters, Thursdays, 4 p.m.; South, Mondays, 4 p.m.

Art programs — Art activities and instruction based on various themes and media and vary by branch.  Appropriate for preK through fifth grade.  Lasts 30-45 min. 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.

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