Take a (winter) break at your local library

  • By Andrea Miller Enterprise features editor
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:11pm

If it’s not snowing, our traditionally wet winter weather can put a damper on outdoor activities for children on end-of-the-year school vacation breaks. Fortunately, the folks at local Sno-Isle libraries have planned a “Winter Extravaganza” of activities for children throughout the last days of 2009, where children and teens can participate in special craft programs and performing arts events.

“Origami Comes Alive”: Master storyteller and local radio personality Debbie Deutsch brings the Japanese paperfolding art to life through stories and audience participation in a one hour presentation. At 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28 at the Brier Library, and again at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 at the Mill Creek Library, this program is geared toward school-age children.

“Engineer an Arch Bridge”: The Pacific Science Center comes to the Lynnwood Library for this special four hour program, where school-age children and their caregivers can explore some of PSC’s interactive exhibits and get hands-on learning of the knowledge, skills and tools that have advanced our modern world, from tall buildings to microscopic images. Activities include constructing a child height arch bridge and making wheels turn using engines and gears. Program takes place in the library’s large meeting room at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28.

Latin American Music with Marco Cortes: The Lynnwood Library also plays host to a special one hour children’s concert at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 with Chilean musician Marco Cortes. School-age children and their caregivers are invited to dance and sing to the music of Latin America. The lively performance includes Cortes’ original music, Spanish versions of familiar songs and Latin American folk songs. Props and instruments to encourage audience participation are also part of the show. The program takes place in the library’s large meeting room.

Crafts Around the World: Everett’s Imagine Children’s Museum also comes to the Lynnwood Library for a two hour program where participants get to express their creativity and make crafts from around the world to take home. For school-age children and their caregivers, the program starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 in the library’s large meeting room.

End of Year Teen Party: The Mountlake Terrace Library offers teens a chance to join in on playing video games, singing karaoke and other entertaining activities. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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