Activities offered at Northmont Branch Library

Donna Brown

Donna Brown

Are your kids bored by being out of school so long? Are they ready for something new and interesting? The first week of the New Year will be filled with fun activities for all.

Monday, January 4 is ‘Paws to Read’ at 11 a.m. Come read to dogs from the Miami Pet Therapy Association. This program is for children in preschool to Grade 4.

Tuesday, January 5 is ‘Book Lunch’ at 12:15 p.m. Bring your lunch, listen to stories, and participate in a mystery activity. Dessert will be provided. For Ages 6-10. Registration is required.

Wednesday, January 6 is ‘Drawing with Friends’ at 11 a.m. Spend an hour with some friends creating unique works of art using the library’s drawing books for inspiration. For children ages 4-10.

Thursday, January 7 is ‘Music Maker Fun’ at 2 p.m. Celebrate the power of music with games, songs and instruments. For children ages 4-10.

The Northmont Branch Library continues to collect food for Northmont FISH (Friends in Service for Humanity) food bank here in Englewood. Bring any non-perishable food items and put them in our designated tub. We also have a collection box for glasses for the Lion’s Club where you may bring unused glasses for those who need them.

We always have a book sale going at the branch. The money from this book sale stays with the Northmont Branch Library and helps to fund different items for the branch. Come; look through some really interesting books and other items and support your branch library. Prices range from 50 cents to $5. There is a half-price sale on all items until January 1, 2016.

Adult programs in January are the adult book discussion on Thursday, January 14, at 2 p.m. We are reading ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

On Monday, January 4 at 6:30 p.m. the program ‘Hiking the Ohio to Erie Trail’ with Andy Niekamp will be offered. In April of 2013, Andy Niekamp set out on a hiking journey on the Ohio to Erie Trail from the Ohio River in Cincinnati to Lake Erie in Cleveland. His presentation will take you on a foot journey through Ohio on the first ever end to end hike of the Ohio to Erie Trail with beautiful photos of countryside, small towns, big cities and Amish country.

Monday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. is the program ‘Ireland: It’s History, It’s Culture and It’s People’ with Mai Hernon. She is a traditional Irish singer and presenter and talks about all things Ireland. Hernon will discuss Ireland’s history going back to the megalithic passage tombs, pre and post famine times, and right up to modern times. She will cover how the culture survived, and the importance of keeping the Irish culture alive. Hernon will also talk about Ireland’s castles and Abbeys and will give a short history of these with slides and pictures.”

Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. is ‘Thru Hiking the Buckeye Trail’ with Any Niekamp. In the spring of 2011 Andy “Captain Blue” Niekamp set out on a hiking journey on Ohio’s Buckeye Trail. More than 1,400 miles and 88 days later Captain Blue returned to Dayton on the Buckeye Trail, the longest circular trail in the nation, after completing the entire Buckeye Trail. His presentation will take you on a foot journey around Ohio. His beautiful photos and narrative will surely inspire you to hike on the Buckeye Trail. Come get acquainted with Ohio’s backyard trail.

Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 is ‘Flyers in the Finals.’ Piloting a young basketball team that had graduated its all-time top scorer, third year coach Don Donoher lands a bid for his unranked Flyers in the NCAA championship. All-American Don May led the Cinderella Flyers to four heart-pounding victories, including upsets of three top 10 teams, to reach the national finals. There Dayton encounters Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins, a team at the dawn of one of the most amazing dynasties in sports history. Join historian Mike Williams to relive the Dayton Flyer’s greatest run in the ‘Big Dance.’

‘Kids and Money’ will be presented on Wednesday, January 20 at 10 a.m. Many people agree that we have a financial literacy crisis due to the lack of basic understanding of money and financial issues. By instilling core values and concepts that guide sound financial decision making, we can enable our children to understand the true meaning of financial wealth. This workshop is designed to help parents feel comfortable in teaching their children how to safely navigate the detours and highways of money and finances.

Thursday, January 21 at 6.30 p.m. is ‘Nectar: It Does a Bug Good.’ Why do flowers produce nectar? How do insects use nectar? At this program, Elisabeth Rothschild of the Five Rivers MetroParks will describe all types of pollinators and their relationship with flowers. You will never look at flowers and honey the same way again!

Thursday, January 28 at 6 p.m. is ‘Home Décor Table Decorations for Valentine’s Day.’ Decorating your table is a simple and often inexpensive way to enhance the ambiance of a room. In this 2-hour demonstration, you will learn how to make a 10-minute table runner, matching napkins with fringe edges and simple quilted placemats. All with a Valentine theme. Instructor will have a “mug-rug” for you to embellish and take home. Also, provided is printed instructions. Sewing machines will be available for use. We are limited to ten people in this meeting so please preregister.

Teen programs are on Wednesdays this winter at 4 p.m. January 13 is the ‘Teen Gaming’ where teens (grades 7 – 12) come and play board games or games on our Wii. January 20 is

‘The Teen Anime Club’ where teens can come watch and discuss Anime. As always food will be included! January 27 is the ‘Teen Book Club.’ Teens come in and get the book of the month to read then come and discuss it. Food is always available at these programs.

Children’s programs are starting up again in January. Preregistration is required for most of the programs.

‘Babies and Books’ for ages 0-3 with adults is held on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. This program will begin the week of January 11. Preregistration is required as space is limited.

‘Story Time’ is for ages 3-5 with adult on Wednesdays or Thursdays at 10 a.m. This begins the week of January 11. Preregistration is required as space is limited.

Family Story Time is for all ages on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. This program will begin the week of January 11. Preregistration is required.

‘Homeschool Hour’ is the third Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. This is for grades K-6. This will begin on January 19. Preregistration is required.

A new program is ‘Intro to Acting’ for ages 9-12. This program will run on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. from January 14 – February 4. Learn the basics of acting with Ms. Sheila, a former University of Dayton Theater Instructor of 25 years. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

‘Paws to Read’ is on Friday, January 15 and 29 at 4:30 p.m. Come and read to dogs from the Miami Pet Therapy Association. This program is for children in preschool to Grade 4.

To register for any of the above programs please call the library at 496-8950, go to our website, or come in and speak to one of the Children’s Librarians.

All Dayton Metro Libraries will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 for the Christmas holiday and on Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 for the New Year holiday. We will also be closed on Monday, January18 to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

All programs are completely free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter can be arranged for any program by calling 496-8950 at least one week in advance.

For more details on programs come to the Northmont Branch, call 496-8950, see the Program guides (available at the library), or visit the Library’s website at Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Donna Brown Brown

Donna Brown, manager

Northmont Branch Library

Reach the Northmont Branch Library at (937) 496-8950. The library is located at 333 W. National Rd., Englewood to the rear of the Englewood Government Center.