The Chester Springs Library will present a variety of programming in December and in January 2019, designed to interest patrons of all ages.
The library will offer "Frosty Friends" Preschool Story Times on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., with the exception of Dec. 26 and 28. The program will feature stories, songs, activities and a simple craft. Children of all ages are welcome, and no registration is required.
In addition, Craft and Play Drop-ins will be held on Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. for children age 3 and over accompanied by a caregiver. No registration is required.
"For Craft and Play, I have craft supplies left over from story time so anyone who didn't get to come to story time can do the crafts," said library director Nancy Niggel, noting that the sessions also include game time. "The library has a lot of games that are educational and (promote) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is designed that (children) can play any game with their adult (caregiver)."
Children in kindergarten through grade five can read with Paddy, a certified therapy dog, as part of the Tail Waggin' Tutors program. Paddy, a Jack Russell terrier, will be available on Wednesdays, Dec. 12 and 19, from 4 to 5 p.m., as well as on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 to 11 a.m. Children may read a book or a picture book to Paddy using a book from home or one that is borrowed from the library's collection. Sessions are 10 minutes long and will be on first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up sheets are available at the library.
Students in kindergarten through grade five are invited to take part in a two-day mini theater camp on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Attendees will take part in acting games, perform scenes and make a mask. Students may attend one or both days but must register for each day separately at the library's website, http://www.chesterspringslibrary.org.
A New Year's Eve/Day Snowball Party will be offered for students in kindergarten through grade five on Monday, Dec. 31, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. During the indoor program, youths will take part in "snowball" games and marshmallow engineering.
"They will be building structures with marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti noodles," Niggel explained. "We will see who can make the tallest tower that stands by itself."
Children will also decorate a snowman cupcake to take home. The program will conclude with a balloon drop stomp. Registration is required at the library website.
"Shakespeare Line by Line" will be offered beginning on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at 1 p.m. The class will be led by Charles Conwell, a retired professor of theater from the University of the Arts. "This is a six-session (program), and he will go line by line through three of Shakespeare's plays - 'Twelfth Night,' 'As You Like It' and 'Much Ado About Nothing,'" said Niggel, noting that there will be time for questions and comments during the readings.
"Shakespeare Line by Line" will continue on Sundays, Jan. 13 to Feb. 10.
For more information about any of the programs listed, readers may visit http://www.chesterspringslibrary.org or call the library at 610-827-9212. Chester Springs Library is located at 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs, in the village of Historic Yellow Springs. More information about library programming is also available at http://www.facebook.com/ChesterSpringsLibrary.