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Library plans programs every day for spring breakers
Touch a truck

For those planning a little spring break “staycation,” the Forsyth County Public Library has a series of upcoming programs scheduled to help keep youngsters and adults alike occupied every single weekday this week.

According to a news release from the Forsyth County Public Library, programs are available for “kids, tweens and teens — plus, a few more activities for grownups.”

Tracy Walker, programming manager for the Forsyth County Public Library, said it’s an opportunity to “encourage kids to have fun and exercise their creativity…”

Walker said staff is partial to the upcoming Jabberwock’s Poetry Slam, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hampton Park Library.

“ … We hope to inspire our young patrons to invent their own silly words and we can’t wait to hear the poetry they create,” Walker said.

The weeklong series kicks off Monday with Beadweaving, presented by the Cumming Library — a Just My Imagination workshop sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art at 2 p.m.

The two-hour program is free and recommended for families with children ages 7 to 14. Athens artist and teacher Toni Carlucci will demonstrate the process of simple beadweaving, and participants will use beads to create their own woven beadwork.

Students in grades 5 and up, as well as adults, can experience the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cumming Library as instructors from World Jiu-Jitsu Academy demonstrate some basic moves and discuss the principles behind them.

Once Upon a Family PJ Storytime begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sharon Forks Library. This family-friendly storytime is open to children of all ages and will include silly fairy tales, songs, and puppet shows.

On Tuesday, students in grades K through 5 can enjoy a “buffet of books while sampling the different flavors of fairy tales” according to the news release. Book Tasting: A Fairy Tale Feast programs starts at the Sharon Forks Library at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday. 

Participants will create a few snacks inspired by fairy tales, but space in both programs is limited and tickets will be handed out beginning 30 minutes prior to each program.

Alice’s Garden Games, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Park Library, is a friendly competition between families and children of all ages. 

“This hilarious gaming event is inspired by Alice’s trip down the rabbit hole and participants can play a nonsensical game of croquet, giant board games, and more Wonderland-themed tournaments,” the release stated.

The Post Road Library will present its fifth annual Touch a Truck program from 1:15-3 p.m. Tuesday, and all ages are welcome. 

Sit in a Forsyth County fire truck, climb inside an ambulance, and then check out a Sawnee EMC cherry picker, a giant dump truck, plus several cool vehicles from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Cool off with car crafts inside the library, too. Parking is limited, so participants may need to park across the street, where the sheriff’s office will assist pedestrians with crossing Post Road.

Students in grades 3-6 can design their own mini golf course at Mini Golf Mania starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Cumming Library. Participants will have a chance to play through all the courses created in this 90-minute program.

Tweens and teens, ages 10 and up, are invited to get crafty at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library with Tiny Crafts: Wonderland Edition. Participants will make miniature version of everything from bows to books.

Tween Scene: Egg-straordinary Egg Challenge at the Post Road Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday is “egg-cellent” for tweens ages 10 to 12 to join hilarious challenges with both real and plastic eggs.

On Wednesday, Spring Break Puppetpalooza is back at the Sharon Forks Library and children of all ages are sure to enjoy fairy tale puppet shows at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Elementary STEAM Team: Brilliant Biomes at the Post Road Library at 1:15 p.m. will take students in grades K through 5 on a virtual trip around the world to study biomes in the tundra, desert, tropical forest, and ocean. Participants will also conduct science experiments and create biome-themed crafts.

Teen Breakout, Save Spring Break: teens in grades 6 and up can participate in this latest breakout game beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cumming Library.

Tween STEAM Slime Lab mixes up amazing ooey-gooey polymer science for students in grades 4 to 7 at the Sharon Forks Library at 6:30 p.m. Participants will experiment with creating several slimes to take home, including galaxy, fluffy, crunchy, and chalkboard slime.

On Thursday, the Jabberwock’s Poetry Slam begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Hampton Library. The Lewis Carroll-inspired poetry slam is designed for children ages 7 to 13 and participants will make up words, play games, and learn about the poetry surrounding us every day: in music, on the TV, in our favorite books.

Families and children of all ages can meet costumed character Paddington Bear as he appears at A Beary Special Storytime with Paddington Bear at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cumming Library.

Parents are welcome to attend Family Fun Night: Fairy Tale STEAM at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sharon Forks Library to experience STEAM games and puzzles. 

Then, compete in fairy tale trivia and work together on several fairy tale-related STEAM challenges. This program is for families with children grades K through 5 and lines will form 30 minutes prior to the program.

On Friday, explore the science behind one of the most well-known fairy tales, The Tortoise and the Hare, in Preschool Fairytale STEAM at 10:30 a.m. at the Hampton Park Library. Children ages 3 to 5, and their caregivers, will explore the story through a variety of early literacy, STEAM, music, and hands-on early learning station activities.

Breakout Box: Escaping Wonderland is a breakout box event for tweens and teens, ages 10 and up, at Hampton Park Library at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Use problem solving, trouble shooting and teamwork to solve puzzles, riddles and clues in order to breakout of Wonderland before time runs out.

Teens in grades 6 and up can take over the library with video and board games from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at After Hours Teen Lounge: Gaming Madness at the Sharon Forks Library.