Kids Events & Programs

   

Read to Fletcher
Thursdays 4 - 5 PM

October 20 Register here.
November 17 Register here.

Sign up for a 15-minute time slot.

Read to a certified therapy dog! This program helps to improve children's reading, communication, and confidence in a relaxed and stress-free environment. For readers in elementary school. Sign up for a 15-minute time slot. Children may bring a book from home or choose a book from the library's collection.


Music With Miss Amy
Music and movement for children up to 4 years old with caregiver.
Wednesdays 10:00 - 10:45 AM (meets in the community room)
September 28, October 5, 12, & 19 (4-week series)

Register (Registration opens 8/31)
$70 for 4-week series
Please register each participating child if bringing more than one child to class.

Classes will include movement, song time, finger plays, bouncing rhymes, instruments, puppets, and lots of fun!

Gardiner Library children’s librarian, Amy Laber (“Miss Amy”) has been teaching early childhood music classes throughout the Hudson Valley for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Music Therapy and has also received NYS Certification in Music K-12. With positive energy and a love for her craft, Amy brings a special sense of warmth and patience to all her classes.


Guitar 1: Small Group Guitar Lessons For Kids 5-8 Yrs.
Ages 5-8 
Wednesdays, September 28, October 5, 12 & 19 (4-week series)
4:30 - 5:00 PM
Register (Registration opens 8/31)
$85 per series
Space limited to 5 students per series. 

No experience required. Students may also repeat Guitar 1 series to gain additional practice.

Small group guitar lessons with Amy Laber (Gardiner Library’s “Miss Amy”). Beginner guitar lessons for young children with a gentle, playful approach. We will learn the parts of a guitar, how to tune strings, and explore basic musical concepts such as beat, rhythm and pitch. Students will approach learning individual notes on the guitar and simple chords.

Starting guitar lessons at an early age can help children to develop patience and self-confidence, improve coordination and concentration, learn a new skill, and make new friends!

Students are required to bring their own (1/2 sized) acoustic guitar, pick, and small 3 ring binder to organize handouts. Registration for all 4 weeks is required. Please email Amy at alaber@rcls.org with any questions.

Amy is a singer-songwriter, early childhood music specialist, and children’s librarian. With over 20 years of experience making music with young children, her approach is patient, caring, encouraging and fun!


Guitar 2: Small Group Guitar Lessons For Kids 5-8 Yrs.
Ages 5-8
Wednesdays, September 28, October 5, 12 & 19 (4-week series)
5:15 - 5:45 PM
Register (Registration opens 8/31)
$85 per series
Space limited to 5 students per series.

Students must complete a full 4 weeks of Guitar 1 as a prerequisite to this class. Guitar 2 series may be repeated as many times as the student needs for additional practice.

Continuation of Guitar 1 with Miss Amy. Beginner students 5-8 years old will explore fundamental elements of learning how to play guitar. We will continue to learn individual notes, simple chords, and approach strumming with familiar songs. The focus of this series is to get young children interested and excited about learning to play guitar and to prepare for private lessons as they grow. 

Students are required to bring their own (1/2 sized) acoustic guitar, pick, and small 3 ring binder to organize handouts. Registration for all 4 weeks is required. Please email Amy at alaber@rcls.org with any questions.


Guitar 3: Small Group Guitar Lessons For Kids 6-8 Yrs.
Ages 6-8
Thursdays, September 29, October 6, 13, & 20 (4-week series)
4:30 - 5:00 PM

Register (Registration opens 9/1)
$85 per series
Space limited to 5 students per series.

Prerequisites for this class:
-Ages 6-8 yrs.
-Students must be able to identify and play notes on the first and second strings learned in Guitar 1 & Guitar 2.
-Students must be able to form and play the simple version of C, G, & G7 chords learned in Guitar 1 & Guitar 2.


This 4 class series is a continuation of Guitar 2 for students who have assimilated the material we previously covered and are ready to move forward. We will explore changing chords in the context of a familiar song, learn more complex chords, and continue to learn musical concepts and how they apply to songs we approach.

All three guitar class series (Guitar 1, Guitar 2 & Guitar 3) are designed to be repeated however often necessary for the student to practice and learn the material. If you are unsure about which class is appropriate for your child, please email Amy at alaber@rcls.org. 

Students are required to bring their own (1/2 sized) acoustic guitar, pick, and small 3 ring binder to organize handouts. 
Registration for all 4 weeks is required. Please email Amy at alaber@rcls.org with any questions.


wordPOP! Young Writers Group
Next Meetings: Thursdays, 10/6, 11/10, 12/8
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Creative writers 7 - 10 years old
Register here.
Contact Carolyn at cthorenz@rcls.org for more information.

Share your flair and imagination....Whether it's poetry, short stories, or prose, share your work and learn new techniques. Original art is welcome, too. All completed and edited work will be featured in the first edition literary publication for this age group.


Homeschooling Coop
All grade levels.
Barbara Ziobro will work with students in all subject areas including ELA, math, social studies, and science while mixing in some fun along the way.
$5 per student covers supplies
R.S.V.P. and get more information by emailing Barbara at barbtaylor1973@aol.com.
Meets:
Friday, 9/23 and 10/21 from 10 - 1 PM
*Click here to get information on another Homeschooling group for 12-15 year olds