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Library system offers kids spring break activities in Forsyth
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A full list of spring break activities for kids of all ages at all Forsyth County Public Library branches

Cumming Library
Monday
Wildlife Wonders Animal Adventure
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Puppetpalooza
10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Storytime Alive with Wendy Bennett
1:30 p.m.

Wednesday
Books and Babies for Pre-Walkers*
10:15 a.m.

Books and Babies for Walkers*
11 a.m.

Babysitter’s Toolkit*
3 p.m.

Teen Team Trivia
6:30 p.m.

Thursday
A Doggone Storytime featuring Biscuit
6:30 p.m.

Friday
Safety House Tour
11 a.m.

Screening of “Flubber”
2 p.m.

Post Road Library
Monday
Storytime Alive with Wendy Bennett
1:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Books and Babies for Walkers*
10:15 a.m.

Books and Babies for Pre-Walkers*
11 a.m.

Touch-a-Truck
1:15 p.m.

Wednesday
Pirate and Fairy Party*
1:15 p.m.

Screening of “The Pirate Fairy”
2 p.m.

Teen Team Trivia
6:30 p.m.

Thursday
Puppetpalooza
10:15 and 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m.

Friday
Owls at the Library with Thompson Raptor Education Program
11:15 a.m.

Saturday
A Doggone Storytime featuring Biscuit
11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Sunday
Martial Arts Bullying and Predator Prevention for Preschoolers*
2:15 p.m.

Martial Arts Bullying Prevention for Elementary Schoolers*
3 p.m.

Basic Self-Defense for Teens
3:45 p.m.

Sharon Forks Library
Monday
Fire Safety and Touch-a-Truck
1 p.m.

PJ Dance Party
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Storytime Alive with Wendy Bennett
4 p.m.

Wednesday
Puppetpalooza
10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Teen Team Trivia
6:30 p.m.

Thursday
Books and Babies for Walkers
10:15 a.m.

Books and Babies for Pre-Walkers
1:15 p.m.

Red Carpet Premiere of “The Lego Movie”
3 p.m.

Friday
A Doggone Storytime featuring Biscuit
2:15 and 3:15 p.m.

Hampton Park Library
Monday
Books and Babies for Walkers
10:15 a.m.

Books and Babies for Pre-Walkers
11:15 a.m.

Tuesday
Big Game Day
11 a.m.

Storytime Alive with Wendy Bennett
4 p.m.

SmartArt for Tweens*
2 p.m.

Wednesday
Screening of “101 Dalmatians”
10:30 a.m.

Happy Birthday, Memphis!*
3:30 p.m.

Chatterbooks Book Club for Grades K-2*
4:30 p.m.

Thursday
Puppetpalooza
10:15 and 11:15 a.m.

Friday
Busy Builders
10 a.m.

A Doggone Storytime featuring Biscuit
11:15 a.m.

*Advance registration is required

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Forsyth County parents who are not vacationing this week and want to fill the calendar with activities for their children have to look only as far as the nearest library.

The Forsyth County Public Library System’s spring break fun offers events for babies, preschoolers, school-aged kids and teenagers. All activities are free, though some require advanced registration.

Highlighted here are some ways to keep the kids occupied throughout the week.

Stories in spring

Wendy Bennett, a 20-year-old veteran of the Woodruff Arts Center’s Young Audiences program, presents “Storytime Alive” at all library branches this week.

Bennett will help kids figure out how characters make their way from the pages of their favorite books to the Broadway stage, using music and movement in an interactive program for all ages. Check the schedule for Bennett’s performances.

Young readers are welcomed to “A Doggone Storytime Featuring Biscuit.” Parents can bring a camera to snap pictures with Biscuit while kids listen to stories and music and watch a puppet show. The program will travel to all four library branches.

Animal adventures

Spring breakers of all ages can travel to the rainforest without leaving the library. At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wildlife Wonders will bring live, exotic rainforest animals to the Cumming Library.

Anyone who loves owls can meet live ones from the Thompson Raptor Education Program at the Post Road Library on at 11:15 a.m. Friday. All ages are welcome.

Fire safety and Touch-a-Truck

County fire department firefighters will visit the Sharon Forks Library at 1 p.m. Monday to teach kids fire safety basics.

Following the program, kids can explore a real fire truck outside the library.

Cumming Library will hold a program at 11 a.m. Friday that teaches the dangers of fire and what to do in case of a fire with a tour of the Fire Safety House.

Movies and music parties

Sharon Forks Library will turn into a pajama dance party at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The song-filled event is open to the whole family.

Puppy lovers of all ages can watch the Disney classic “101 Dalmatians” at the Hampton Park Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Sharon Forks is also ready to screen movies and will hold a Red Carpet Movie Premiere at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Kids ages 8 and older are invited to the Cumming Library at 2 p.m. Friday to make their own “flubber” before watching the 1997 film.

Legos and games

The Big Game Day will be held in the Hampton Park Library at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Families and kids of all ages can play giant versions of games such as Jenga, Memory, Checkers and more.

Tweens and teens

Future artists in fourth through eighth grades can stop by the Hampton Park Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday for SmartArt for Tweens. They can explore print-making, portraits, sculpting and photography (bring your own camera).

Teens planning to babysit over the summer can participate in the Babysitter’s Toolkit seminar in the Cumming Library at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The program will focus on safety and early literacy.

Participants in sixth grade or higher can decorate a tote bag to take on babysitting jobs, make flyers to promote their services, create emergency contact lists and learn how to read aloud to kids.

Martial arts and self-defense

The Post Road Library joined with Pro Martial Arts to hold a series of interactive classes April 12 on stranger danger, handling bullies, building confidence and basic self-defense.

At 2:15 p.m., preschoolers ages 3-5 will learn how to recognize stranger danger, leaving them smarter, not scared.

At 3 p.m., elementary school students will learn how to recognize bullies, defend themselves, carry themselves with confidence and stop the cycle of bullying.

Middle and high school students will learn basic self-defense skills and how to stay safe and get themselves out of scary situations at 3:45 p.m.

Detailed information on each spring break program is available at forsythpl.org, where events can also be browsed by branch.