Vernon Area Public Library’s free programs, August

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Take a look at these free programs offered by the Vernon Area Public Library for the month of August.

Lincolnshire, Ill. — July 16, 2014 — Vernon Area Public Library District programs are free and open to all unless otherwise indicated. Register for programs online, by telephone at 224-543-1485 (adult programs) or 224-543-1486 (youth or teen programs), or in person at the library at 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, Ill.

Friday, August 1, 2 p.m.

Friday Family Feature—Frozen (PG)

Join us for a screening of Disney’s newest animated blockbuster. Registration for all attendees is mandatory, as we anticipate being at capacity. For all ages, with an adult.

Monday, August 4, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime

Bond with your baby as Ms. Heather guides you through bounces, tickles, songs and a board book. A short play time is included for social interaction and to reinforce early literacy skills. Choose one session per week. For ages 0–14 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Monday, August 4

Grades K–2 with a caregiver: 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Grades 3–5: 2:45–3:45 p.m.

Grades 6–9: 4–5 p.m.

Abracadabra! Magic Workshop with Gary Kantor

Learn a variety of fascinating illusions involving cards, ropes, coins, and more from magic teacher and magician Gary Kantor. Participants receive a magic kit to take home. Registration required.

Monday, August 4, 6:45–8:45 p.m.

Hands-on Windows 8

Learn the ins and outs of Windows 8 in this hands-on program. Learn to navigate the desktop screen, start screen, and charms bar, and how to personalize your Windows 8 experience. Registration required.

Tuesday, August 5, 1–3 p.m.

Getting Started with Pinterest

This class provides everything you need to get started creating boards, pinning items, and connecting with other Pinterest users. Valid email, Facebook or Twitter account, and Internet experience required. Registration required.

Tuesday, August 5, 6:30–7:15 p.m.

Kindergarten Rocks!

Celebrate starting school with stories, songs, and a craft. Attendees receive their own copy of “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.” For children entering kindergarten, with a caregiver. Choose one session on either August 5 or 7.

Wednesday, August 6, 10–11 a.m.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake (with Maple Syrup Science!)

Enjoy hearing Laura Numeroff’s famous book, “If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” then learn where maple syrup comes from and enjoy a pancake snack. This program is held outside in the garden behind the Annex. In the case of inclement weather, we’ll meet in the main library meeting room. For grades K-2, registration required.

Wednesday, August 6, 12:30–1:30 pm

Lunch & Learn—Chicago’s Japanese Garden of the Phoenix

The Garden of the Phoenix is located in Chicago’s Jackson Park on the original site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition’s Japanese Pavilion. Hear the extraordinary 120-year history of the garden and its importance today. Bring your lunch starting at noon; we’ll provide coffee, dessert, and a great lecture. Registration required.

Thursday, August 7, 10–10:45 a.m.

Kindergarten Rocks!

Celebrate starting school with stories, songs and a craft. Attendees receive their own copy of “Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.” For children entering kindergarten, with a caregiver. Choose one session on either August 5 or 7.

Thursday, August 7, 6:45–8:45 p.m.

Word 2010 Basics

Learn to create, save and format documents. Keyboarding experience required. Registration required.

Friday, August 8, 10–11 a.m.

Fairy Tale Adventures in the Garden

Dress up like your favorite fairy tale character and join us for an exciting storytelling event in the library’s garden! If the weather is bad, we will meet in the main library meeting room. For grades 1–4 with a caregiver, registration required.

Saturday, August 9, 1–2:30 p.m.

Coding Kids

Learn basic coding skills in HTML and CSS from computer programmer Carmen Spohn. For grades 2 and up; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required.

Monday, August 11, 7–8 p.m.

Using iPads with Children with Special Needs

Explore multiple strategies for using iPads to enhance communication and relationships for children with special needs, including apps that work on early literacy and play skills. This workshop is for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Registration required.

Tuesday, August 12, 1–3 p.m.

Instagram Basics

Learn to use this popular app with your smartphone to share customized photos with your family and friends. Internet experience required. Registration required.

Tuesday, August 12, 7–7:30 p.m.

Jamma Tales

Evening storytime for ages 2–6 with a caregiver. Siblings and PJs welcome. No registration required.

Wednesday, August 13, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Giggles & Wiggles

Music and movement are the center of this very active storytime. Help your child connect sounds, language and fun. Choose one session each week. For ages 15−24 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Wednesday, August 13, 6:30–8:45 p.m.

Writer’s Support Group

Support, feedback and inspiration for writers of all levels, all genres. Facilitator Robert Bresloff is a published children’s author. Newcomers are always welcome. No registration required.

Thursday, August 14, 6–6:30 p.m.

Stories Under the Stars

Take advantage of the summer weather and our beautiful garden and join us for a storytime outside for your family. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be held inside. For ages 0- 5 years, registration recommended.

Thursday, August 14, 6:45–8:45 p.m.

Using Gmail

Set up a Google Gmail account and learn how to send, receive, and organize messages, and create a contact list. Internet experience required. Registration required.

Saturday, August 16, 2 p.m.

Saturday at the Movies—Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13)

Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. Registration recommended.

Sunday, August 17, 2–3:30 p.m.

Sensory-Friendly Family Film Screening

Join us for a sensory-friendly movie showing, featuring Disney’s Frozen (PG). At this screening, the room is lighter, the volume is lower, and audience members are welcome to move around, talk, and sing. Noise dampeners and fidgets are available. This screening is intended for children with special needs, accompanied by siblings and caregivers. Registration recommended.

Monday, August 18, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime

Bond with your baby as Ms. Heather guides you through bounces, tickles, songs and a board book. A short play time is included for social interaction and to reinforce early literacy skills. Choose one session per week. For ages 0–14 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Tuesday, August 19, 1–3 p.m.

Internet for Book Lovers

Learn to use library resources like AuthorCheck and Book News, and websites like Goodreads and Pinterest to explore your literary interests online. Registration required.

Wednesday, August 20, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Giggles & Wiggles

Music and movement are the center of this very active storytime. Help your child connect sounds, language and fun. Choose one session each week. For ages 15−24 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Thursday, August 21, 10 am–12 p.m.

Intro to Ancestry.com

This class highlights search tools, family trees, and other useful features of Ancestry.com for your genealogical research. Internet experience required. Registration required.

Thursday, August 21, 6:45–8:45 p.m.

Gmail Beyond the Basics

Go beyond sending and receiving messages to filtering your messages, searching your Gmail, adjusting settings, and working with attachments. Gmail experience and account required. Registration required.

Saturday, August 23, 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Chess Tournament

Come join us for a chess tournament. Children in grades K-8 will improve their chess skills as they play in this tournament with each other. Registration required.

Saturday, August 23, 10 am–12 p.m.

Coding for Adult Beginners

Learn the basics of this “new literacy” with simple, fun exercises for adult beginners. Internet experience required. Registration required.

Tuesday, August 26, 10–10:30 a.m.

Blast Off with Books

The fun begins with a theme: a letter of the day! Climb aboard and rocket to new places as you and your child learn sign language and together use our iPad apps. For ages 2–3 with a caregiver, registration not required.

Tuesday, August 26, 1–3 p.m.

Making Life Easier with Apps

Introduction to a selection of helpful apps for increasing productivity, supporting your busy lifestyle, and simplifying tasks. Registration required.

Wednesday, August 27, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30–11 a.m.

Giggles & Wiggles

Music and movement are the center of this very active storytime. Help your child connect sounds, language and fun. Choose one session each week. For ages 15−24 months with a caregiver, registration not required.

Wednesday, August 27, 10 am–12 p.m.

Internet for Continuing Education

Take a tour of library resources and the best open websites for free adult online learning. Registration required.

Thursday, August 28, 1–2 p.m.

Senior Series—Over the Rainbow with Maureen Christine

Vocalist Maureen Christine provides a beautiful tribute to Judy Garland in honor of the 75th anniversary of her breakthrough role in The Wizard of Oz. Maureen performs songs that made Judy Garland famous, along with other leading ladies of that era. Registration required.

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