Kids Events & Programs

   

Read to Fletcher
Sign up for a 15 minute time slot.
Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 PM


March 19 Register
April 16 Register
May 21 Register

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.


Creation Stations
Saturdays 1 - 2:30 PM
All ages are welcome to come and make a small project.
Supplies available, just bring your imagination.

February 24 - Mystery Bag Art Challenge. Receive a sealed bag filled with a variety of random supplies and create a work of art or sculpture. In the spirit of Chopped, our "kitchen" will be supplied with glue, scissors and a variety of other items to create your masterpiece. Will you be chopped?

March 2 - Pi Day is March 14, come celebrate early and make a No Bake Fruit Pie. We'll have games and puzzles to take home too!

March 16 - Fabric Collage. If you were ever curious about quilting, start with this fiber project designing a piece of art using a variety of fabric swatches.

April 6 - Make a felted solar system using wool roving. Get ready for the eclipse by making planets using the technique of wet felting. (*Special time 12:00-2:30PM)

April 20 - Lego Building. Bring your imagination and be ready to build

May 4 - Mother's Day crafts


 

Beginner Chinese Language Class For Kids- Activity Room
Sundays beginning January 21
1 - 2 PM
Beginner Chinese language class for kids, ages 3-12. Learn Chinese vocabulary and numbers through song, books and games.

Amy Zhao's mother tongue is Chinese and she speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Amy is certified by the International Profession Certification Association (IPA) as a Chinese language teacher.


Music With Miss Amy
Mondays, 9:30-10:15 AM in the Community Room

April 8: Register (Registration opens 3/6/24)
May 20: Register (Registration opens 4/18/24)

Free. Space is limited. Registration required.

Music and movement class for children up to four years old with caregiver. Class will include movement, beat keeping, song time, instruments, puppets, and lots of fun!


Imaginative Landscapes Painting Class for Kids with Laura Leigh
Saturday, March 16
2:00-3:30 PM
Ages 7+.
Cost: $15 for all materials
Register

The Hudson Valley is full of beautiful landscapes for us to be inspired from. Join us for a fun and creative afternoon with local artist Laura Leigh and use your unique imagination to create landscapes. Laura will be doing some exercises in creativity while also demonstrating basic acrylic painting techniques. Each student will have an opportunity to use their own artistic voice to create a landscape from their imagination.

Laura Leigh is a fine artist, musician, and maker of organic watercolor paints based in New Paltz. Laura blends the line between abstraction and landscape in her plein air oil paintings. After completing her BFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz in 2014, she completed several artist's residency programs, many in national parks. Laura has created her own earth pigment library made from Ochre minerals and clay from around the country, and now spends most of her time teaching online and in person classes.


Nutty Scientists Hudson Valley Program: The Ice Age Show
Thursday, March 28
2:00-2:45PM

Kids will help our scientist overcome incredible challenges within the secret forest of Merlin the Wizard by performing amazing experiments.  They will learn about the amazing properties of CO2 and dry ice getting to know about sublimation, chemical reactions, pressure, density, weight, osmosis and more.

All ages welcome. Geared towards ages 4-12. No registration required. 

Traveling Lantern Theatre Company
Saturday, March 9
1 - 2 PM
All ages welcome. No registration required.

Made possible with a Fairgames Grant.
 

My Mother The Astronaut

To the moon and beyond!

Aquarius' mom is an astronaut and today is 'Take your child to work day'. Aquarius can't wait to go to NASA and find out what it's like to be in space!

They visit Mission Control where she meets scientists and engineers who show her what they do and she learns all about space travel. Her imagination blasts off and she dreams of incredible journeys through the cosmos!


Arts Enrichment Class for Kids with Laura Lanchantin
Tuesday, March 26
2:00-3:30PM
Cost: $15
Ages: 6+
Register

 

A visual arts enrichment class for ages 6+ rooted in drawing, painting, and creative expression. Young artists will have an opportunity to learn fundamental drawing and painting skills while also discovering their own artistic style. Local artist Laura Leigh will work with each student individually to foster a love for creating art. Projects will include animal drawing, abstract painting, landscapes, zentangles, and more.

Laura Lanchantin is a fine artist, musician, and maker of organic watercolor paints based in New Paltz. Laura blends the line between abstraction and landscape in her plein air oil paintings. After completing her BFA in Painting and Drawing from SUNY New Paltz in 2014, she completed several artist's residency programs, many in national parks. Laura has created her own earth pigment library made from Ochre minerals and clay from around the country, and now spends most of her time teaching online and in person classes.

Paleontology Program
Saturday, March 30
1-2 PM

 

Presented by Hudson Highlands Nature Center, this program is science exploration at its best!  The program begins with an interactive presentation about clues that living things have left behind from millions of years ago.  Students will learn how scientists read the stories in the rocks … genuine fossils of sea life, dinosaurs, fossil formation: mold-and-cast, impression and permineralization will highlight the discussion. We introduce your students to predecessors and descendants of those extinct giants, utilizing the Museum's live animal collection!

No registration required. All ages welcome. Geared towards ages 7 and up.


StarLab Traveling Planetarium
Saturday, April 6
Session 1: 1:00-1:45PM Register
Session 2: 2:00-2:45PM Register
Please register for one session only.

Take a journey under the stars! In this interactive planetarium experience, we talk about many different astronomy topics like constellations, planets, and more. We will also talk about how the stars shaped culture on earth like Greek mythology.

Maximum capacity is 25 individuals (including adults). Registration required for each participant. 

All ages are welcome.

Presented by Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum

 

 

Crankie Show with Brendan Taaffe
Saturday, April 13
1-1:45 PM

 

Crankies are illustrated scrolls that are cranked from one side to the other in a wooden puppet theater, accompanied by songs and stories. Known as moving panoramas in the 19th century, this once popular entertainment has made a resurgence in the past 15 years, enchanting children and adults alike with simplicity and magic.

Made possible by a Fair Game Grant.

A beloved crankie artist and musician from Vermont, Brendan Taaffe has been sharing crankies for a decade and music for longer than that. He brings traditional folk tales, songs, and even a nonsense poem by Edward Lear.

Brendan Taaffe is a musician and artist who lives on a small homestead in southern Vermont. He has performed throughout North American and Europe as a solo artist and with ensembles including The Bright Wings Chorus, The Waxwing Four, and Northern Harmony. Brendan holds a masters degree in performance from the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland

More about Brendan at www.brendantaaffe.com and brendantaaffe.bandcamp.com

All ages. No registration required

(Crankie making workshop for ages 8 and up to follow. Registration for the workshop is required and space is limited.)


Crankie Making Workshop
Saturday, April 13
2-3:30 PM
Register (Register one child per registration. Must be ages 8+)

 

Hands on crankie making workshop with Brendan Taaffe for kids ages 8 and up. 

Paper and art material will be provided.

Registration required. Space is limited.

Crankies are illustrated scrolls that are cranked from one side to the other in a wooden puppet theater, accompanied by songs and stories. Known as moving panoramas in the 19th century, this once popular entertainment has made a resurgence in the past 15 years, enchanting children and adults alike with simplicity and magic.

Made possible by a Fair Game Grant.

Brendan Taaffe is a musician and artist who lives on a small homestead in southern Vermont. He has performed throughout North American and Europe as a solo artist and with ensembles including The Bright Wings Chorus, The Waxwing Four, and Northern Harmony. Brendan holds a masters degree in performance from the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland


More about Brendan at www.brendantaaffe.com and brendantaaffe.bandcamp.com


Chess Club
Meets first and third Wednesdays
6:30 - 8 PM
Open to all ages and all levels.

Come one, come all! Don't be intimidated we are here to teach and have fun together.


Geocache at the Gardiner Library

Gardiner library has a geocache! A geocache is a container hidden for players to find, and log. Almost like a treasure hunt! To start playing the game go to the geocaching website

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GCA9F4Z


Homeschooling Coop
Meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.
11 AM - 1 PM
All grade levels.
Donations accepted but not required.
R.S.V.P. and get more information by emailing Barbara at barbtaylor1973@aol.com.

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.