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Free public programs at the Vernon Area Library in January

<p>Vernon Area Public Library &nbsp;| &nbsp;File Photo</p>

Vernon Area Public Library  |  File Photo

The following details the free public programs at the Vernon Area Public Library in January:

Vernon Area Public Library District programs are free and open to all unless otherwise indicated. Register for programs online at http://calendar.vapld.info, 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, January 3, 2–4 p.m.
‘Mario Kart Mayhem’ Wii Tournament
Show off your driving skills and race to the finish line in our second annual Mario Kart Tournament! Open gaming begins after the tournament. For grades 4-8, registration required.

 

Sunday, January 5, 1–2 p.m.
The Spirit of Motown
Using a blend of storytelling and piano performance, musician Jose Sandoval shares the story of Motown, the record label and the sound that bridged the racial divide of the ‘60s. Presented by the Illinois Humanities Council. Registration required.

 

Monday, January 6, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m.
Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime
Bring your baby to the library for this lapsit program where we will sing, bounce, laugh and enjoy a book together! For children ages 0–14 months with a caregiver. No registration required.

 

Monday, January 6, 1–3 p.m.
Searching the Internet
Includes tips for searching more quickly and effectively. Internet experience necessary. Registration required.

 

Tuesday, January 7, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Toontastic Story Creation
Use your imagination and our iPads with the Toontastic app to create a story with fantastic, funny characters in your own voice. For grades K-2, registration required.

 

Wednesday, January 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
iPad Basics
Learn the basics of using this versatile device in this hands-on class. iPad, Apple ID, and password required to participate. Please charge the device before class. Registration required.

 

Wednesday, January 8, 10–11:30 a.m.
Playdate @ the Library
The perfect cure for cabin fever! Playing is not only fun, but it’s also the way children learn about their world. Interact with toys, a play house, and see how common household items can transform into creative fun! For ages 0-4, with a caregiver. Registration is required. 

 

Wednesday, January 8, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Science Sleuths
This four-week series features stories, films, and hands-on science activities for the budding scientist.  For grades 2-4, registration required.

 

Wednesday, January 8, 6:30–8:45 p.m.
Writer’s Support Group
Support, feedback, and inspiration for writers of all levels, all genres. Newcomers are always welcome. No registration required.

 

Thursday, January 9, 10–11:30 a.m.
Book Discussion: “The Aviator's Wife” by Melanie Benjamin. In the spirit of "Loving Frank" and "The Paris Wife," "The Aviator's Wife" pulls back the curtain on one of America's most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  This title is our “One Book, One Community” read this winter; the author will be with us on January 24. Registration is recommended.

 

Thursday, January 9, 10–10:30 a.m.  or 1:30–2 p.m.
Preschool Storytime
Children can drop in to enjoy stories, songs, and movement that encourage imagination while building language, listening, and pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5, without a caregiver. No registration required.

 

Friday, January 10, 2–4 p.m.
Friday Film—Shun Li & the Poet (NR)
This film explores the friendship between a Chinese woman and a Yugoslav fisherman who live in a small city-island in the lagoon near Venice. In Italian and Mandarin with subtitles.

 

Saturday, January 11, 10–11 a.m.
Everybody Move: Music & Movement for Children with Special Needs
Play with bells and puppets, move through hoops, and jump around to the sounds of the auto harp as early childhood movement teacher Celeste Cifala Roy welcomes all children for a musical dance-around hour. For 6 months-5 years old with a caregiver, registration required.

 

Saturday, January 11, 12:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Final Exams Study Session
Space, snacks, and extended hours exclusively for high school students and their tutors. No registration required.

 

Sunday, January 12, 12:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Final Exams Study Session
Space, snacks, and extended hours exclusively for high school students and their tutors. No registration required.

 

Monday, January 13, 9:30–10 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m.
Rhythm & Rhyme Laptime
Bring your baby to the library for this lapsit program where we will sing, bounce, laugh and enjoy a book together! For children ages 0–14 months with a caregiver. No registration required.

 

Monday, January 13, 1–3 p.m.
Navigating Windows 7
Investigate the Windows 7 desktop, including basic taskbar features and control panel options. Mouse and keyboard experience necessary. Registration required.

 

Monday, January 13, 1 – 8:30 p.m.
Final Exams Study Session
The meeting room will be set up for all high school students wanting to study. Refreshments provided. Program limited to high school students. 

 

Tuesday, January 14, 1 – 8:30 p.m.
Final Exams Study Session
The meeting room will be set up for all high school students wanting to study. Refreshments provided. Program limited to high school students.

 

Tuesday, January 14, 7–7:30 p.m.
Jamma Tales
Evening storytime for ages 2–6 with a caregiver. Siblings and PJs welcome. No registration required. 

 

Wednesday, January 15, 10–10:30 a.m.
Giggles & Wiggles
Music and movement are the center of this storytime. This rockin’ great time helps your child connect sounds, language, and fun. For ages 15-24 months with a caregiver. No registration required.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 1 – 8:30 p.m.
Final Exams Study Session
The meeting room will be set up for all high school students wanting to study. Refreshments provided. Program limited to high school students.

 

Thursday, January 16, 10–10:30 a.m.  or 1:30–2 p.m.
Preschool Storytime
Children can drop in to enjoy stories, songs, and movement that encourage imagination while building language, listening, and pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5, without a caregiver. No registration required.

 

Thursday, January 16, 1–2 p.m.
Senior Series—Old-time Radio
Raupp Museum historian Bill Kiddle explores the development of radio and plays clips from your favorite programs, including “Fibber McGee and Molly.” Audience members recreate a classic radio program using a script and sound effects. Registration required. 

 

Thursday, January 16, 7–8 p.m.
Animal Quest: Pigs, Rabbits, Chickens & More!
From a potbellied pig to a feisty chicken, see and touch a variety of animals when AnimalQuest brings their favorite friends to teach us about each unique animal. For all ages, registration required.

 

Saturday, January 18, 11 am–12:30 p.m.
Winnie-the-Pooh Stories & Honey Pots
Happy birthday to Winnie-the-Pooh creator A.A. Milne! We’re celebrating by reading his famous stories and by making our very own honey pots. Shape and glaze a clay honey pot, then pick up your fired creation in two weeks. For ages 4-8 with a caregiver, registration required. 

 

Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m.
Saturday Afternoon at the Movies—The Great Gatsby (PG-13)
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Based on the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Audio enhancement is available for those with Hearing Loop-enabled hearing aids.

 

Sunday, January 19, 1–3 p.m.
The 7 Keys to Writing the Perfect Query Letter
National bestselling author Bret Nicholaus and literary agent/acquisitions editor Joe Durepos teach the essential steps for crafting query letters that demand the attention of agents and publishers.  Registration required. 

 

Monday, January 20, 11 am–12:30 p.m.
Family Service Project—Fleece Blankets
Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day for a meaningful family service project. Learn about Project Linus and make cuddly fleece blankets to be donated to children in our community. For grades 2 and up with a caregiver, registration required.

 

Monday, January 20, 1–3 p.m.
Organizing Documents in Windows 7
Organize files and folders in Windows 7 to make finding them easier. Windows experience necessary. Registration required.

 

Monday, January 20, 7–9 p.m.
Introduction to Cloud Computing
What is the “cloud”? What are the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing? Find out the answers in this overview presentation. Registration required.

 

Tuesday, January 21, 10–10:30 a.m.
Blast Off with Books!
A letter of the day is our theme for stories, songs, sign language, and iPad apps that build letter recognition. For children ages 2-3 with a caregiver, siblings welcome. No registration required.

 

Tuesday, January 21, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn—10 Buildings That Changed America
WTTW host Geoffrey Baer and producer Dan Protess take us on a journey across America and inside 10 groundbreaking works of art and engineering from their book, “10 Buildings That Changed America.”  Books are available for purchase and signing at the event. Arrive at noon with your lunch, then stay for the presentation starting at 12:30. Registration required.

 

Tuesday, January 21, 7–8 p.m.
Novel Night Book Discussion
“Margot” by Jillian Cantor. This controversial novel imagines a very different fate for Anne Frank’s older sister. A limited number of book club copies are available for extended checkout; ask at the reference desk. Registration is recommended.  

 

Tuesday, January 21, 7–8:15 p.m.
Parent/Child Book Discussion
“Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism & Changed the World” by Sy Montgomery. A complimentary copy of the book will be held for you at registration.  For grades 4-8, registration required.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 10–10:30 a.m.
Giggles & Wiggles
Music and movement are the center of this storytime. This rockin’ great time helps your child connect sounds, language, and fun. For ages 15-24 months with a caregiver. No registration required

 

Wednesday, January 22, 10 a.m. – noon
Using Gmail
Set up a Google Gmail account and learn how to send, receive, and organize messages, add and open attachments, and create a contact list. Registration required.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 7–8:15 p.m.
Parent/Child Book Discussion
“Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism & Changed the World” by Sy Montgomery. A complimentary copy of the book will be held for you at registration.  For grades 4-8, registration required. 

 

Thursday, January 23, 10–10:30 a.m.  or 1:30–2 p.m.
Preschool Storytime
Children can drop in to enjoy stories, songs, and movement that encourage imagination while building language, listening, and pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5, without a caregiver. No registration required 

 

Thursday, January 23, 1–2:30 p.m.
50+ Job Search
Learn to avoid some of the common mistakes older workers make when looking for work.  Presented by the Job Center of Lake County. Registration required.

 

Thursday, January 23, 4:30–5:15 p.m.
Reader Games
This reading game time builds syllable recognition and spelling skills as children giggle their way to the finish line. For grades 1-2, registration required.

Friday, January 24, 7–8 p.m.
Author Visit: Melanie Benjamin, The Aviator’s Wife
Special after-hours event. Meet acclaimed author Melanie Benjamin as she shares her experiences with writing the New York Times bestseller, “The Aviator's Wife,” about the marriage of one of America's most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Books are available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the Lake Forest Book Store. Registration is required.

 

Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Winter Reading Finale Celebration—Balloon Creations & Variety Show
Celebrate your successful completion of the Reading Club with an unforgettable morning of entertainment with the RCJuggle Variety Show. For all ages with a caregiver, registration required.

 

Sunday, January 26, 1–4 p.m.
Games for Grownups
Drop in for a pickup game of chess, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, or other popular board games. Open to adults and high school students of all skill levels. No registration required.

 

Sunday, January 26, 2–2:30 p.m.
'Introduction to the Library' Overview & Tour
New to the area or want to learn what’s new at your library? Drop in for a group presentation and guided tour. Learn about the all great stuff your library offers. Learn about the library’s resources. No registration required and sign up for a library card or update your existing card.

 

Monday, January 27, 10–10:30 a.m.
'Introduction to the Library' Overview & Tour
New to the area or want to learn what’s new at your library? Drop in for a group presentation and guided tour. Learn about the all great stuff your library offers and sign up for a library card or update your existing card. No registration required. 

 

Monday, January 27, 7–9 p.m.
Overview of Windows 8
Learn the ins and outs of the new Windows 8 in this presentation. Registration required.

 

Tuesday, January 28, 10-10:30 a.m.
Blast Off with Books!
A letter of the day is our theme for stories, songs, sign language, and iPad apps that build letter recognition. For children ages 2-3 with a caregiver, siblings welcome. No registration required. 

 

Tuesday, January 28, 7–7:30 p.m.
'Introduction to the Library' Overview & Tour
New to the area or want to learn what’s new at your library? Drop in for a group presentation and guided tour. Learn about the all great stuff your library offers and sign up for a library card or update your existing card. No registration required. 

 

Wednesday, January 29, 10–10:30 a.m.
Giggles & Wiggles
Music and movement are the center of this storytime. This rockin’ great time helps your child connect sounds, language, and fun. For ages 15-24 months with a caregiver. No registration required.

 

Wednesday, January 29, 7–8 p.m.
National Puzzle Day Challenge
From jigsaws, crosswords, to word searches, challenge your brain with puzzles that will surprise even the puzzle pros. Have fun completing puzzles and learn how to create your own. For grades 6-12, registration required. 

 

Thursday, January 30, 10–10:30 a.m.  or 1:30–2 p.m.
Preschool Storytime
Children can drop in to enjoy stories, songs, and movement that encourage imagination while building language, listening, and pre-reading skills. For children ages 3-5, without a caregiver. No registration required.

 

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