Jeff public library a busy place for children (and their teddy bears)

Staff at the Jefferson public library is gearing up for several children’s programs.

The annual Teddy Bear Sleepover will be held the weekend of Sept. 22-23. Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the library before Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 pm. The stuffed animals will enjoy games, movies, refreshments and a sleepover, with “lights out” at midnight. Children will get sleepover pictures of their stuffed animals to see what fun they had. Stuffed animals are welcome to come in pairs if they’d like.

Sleepover attendees should be picked up Monday, Sept. 24, between 1 and 8 pm.

The JPL homeschoolers group will meet from 10 to 11 am the first and third Thursday of every month in the basement meeting room. The first meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 4. The group will continue meeting through May.

Activities for the group will include science experiments, public speaking, history, literature, theatre, geography and more. No registration is necessary.

Lapsit Story Time for children birth through 23 months will be held Wednesdays, Oct. 3-31. Story time will meet from 10 to 10:30, and family social time will follow until 11:30 am.

Lapsit story time emphasizes adult-child interaction with stories, movement, rhymes and songs. Parents or caregivers will stimulate their young children while developing pre-literacy skills. No registration is required and families are welcome to come when they can.

Ready Readers, for children ages 2-6 years, will also meet Wednesdays in October, with story time from 10 to 11 and social time until 11:30. A parent or responsible adult will need to be in the building during the program. Children will enjoy stories, craft projects, movement, and rhymes while developing early literacy skills. No registration is necessary and families are welcome to come as they can.

Persons who want more information about of these programs can call the children’s department at the Jefferson public library at 515-386-4415.

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