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Batavia Public Library: programs and activities for youth

Aug 30, 2016 11:54AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Advance registration is required for program designated R


Lap Sit Storytime   R

Mon., Sept. 12–Oct. 31, 10am

Tues., Sept. 13–Nov. 1, 10am

Ages 2–3 with a caregiver

Stories, rhymes, and more

Family Storytime

Mon., Sept. 12–Oct. 31, 7pm

Families with children through age 7


Baby Storytime–Pre-Walkers   R

Tues., Sept. 13–Nov. 1, 11am

Babies through 23 months with a caregiver

Songs, nursery rhymes, lap games, and book-sharing


ABC Storytime   R

Wed., Sept. 14–Nov. 2, 10am

Wed., Sept. 14–Nov. 2, 1pm

Thurs., Sept. 15–Nov. 3, 10am

Ages 3–6

Activities, Books, and Craft program for children who are able to listen and participate independently for approximately 40–45 minutes


Baby & Tot Storytime  

Fri., Sept. 16–Nov. 4, 10am

Babies and tots through 35 months with a caregiver

Drop in for songs, rhymes, and stories. We ask that alternate care arrangements be made for older siblings. Space is limited. Please show your Batavia Public Library card (required) at the Youth Services Desk to receive your entry ticket. Entry tickets are handed out beginning 20 minutes before the program until gone.


Baby Storytime–Walkers

Fri., Sept. 16–Nov. 4, 11am   

Babies through 23 months with a caregiver

Babies who are already walking can enjoy songs, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, games, and book-sharing.


Preschool Drop-In Storytime

Fri., Sept. 16–Nov. 4, 1pm

Ages 3–6

Younger siblings welcome. An adult must accompany children age 4 and younger. A special program, “Fall Fun & Games,” will be presented at this time on Oct. 7.


For Students


Thurs., Sept., 8, 4:30pm

Thurs., Oct. 6, 4:30pm

Ages 6–14

Join your fellow Minecrafters for an hour of play on the Library’s Minecraft system. Space is limited. Please show your Batavia Public Library card (required) at the Youth Services Desk to receive your entry ticket. Tickets are given out beginning 15 minutes before the program until gone.


Anybook Club   R

Tues., Sept. 13, 4pm

Tues., Oct. 11, 4pm

Grades 4–8

Whether you’re into graphic novels, historical fiction, fantasy, or nonfiction, share your passion with your peers. Join us for snacks, games, and book-related banter.

Tween Advisory Board   R

Mon., Sept. 19, 4 pm

Mon., Oct. 17, 4 pm

Grades 6–8

Calling all tweens! Do you have suggestions for activities, books, or technology that tweens would enjoy and the Library should consider? Join the Tween Advisory Board. We meet once a month to plan activities for students at the Library and work on projects. We also eat pizza and have fun!


Book Gems   R

Tues., Sept. 20, 6:30pm

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

Tues., Oct. 18, 6:30pm

Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst

Grades 2–3

Book club and activities for young readers. Reserve a copy of the book when registering.


Curiosity Club   R
Wed., Sept. 21, 4:30pm
Wed., Oct. 26, 4:30pm
Grades K–2
Through books, games, and experiments, participants will explore a variety of science and nature topics each month. Participants also will receive a take-home activity.


Read with Rusty   
Sept. 24–Dec. 2

Grades K–8
Looking for a reading challenge this fall? If you read at least 900 minutes between September 24 and December 2, you will earn a voucher for a ticket to a Chicago Steel hockey game at the Fox Valley Ice Arena, where Rusty is the team mascot. Pick up your tracking sheet at the Youth Services Desk beginning September 24. Batavia Public Library card required. Offered in partnership with the Chicago Steel hockey team.


Mad Scientists Club   R

Mon., Sept. 26, 4:30pm 

Tabletop Coding  

Thurs., Oct. 27, 4:30pm 

Slimy Science

Grades 3–5

Develop your inner scientist in our new club. We’ll have fun with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through activities, experiments, and games.


Chess Club   R

Tues., Sept. 27, 4:30pm

Tues., Oct. 25, 4:30pm
Ages 6–14

Learn more about chess and/or improve your chess skills on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Basic knowledge the game is required; however, all skill levels are welcome. We’ll spend a portion of the hour on strategy, then play the game using it.   


Late Night at the Library   R

Fri., Nov. 11, 6–9pm

Grades 3–5

After-hours program that includes a scavenger hunt, games, pizza, and a guest performer. Parental permission form and $3 per participant are required at registration. Register in person at the Youth Services Desk, beginning November 1. Space is limited. Priority is given to Batavia Public Library cardholders and to students attending Batavia schools.


For Families

Observation Stations

September – Wind Power

October – Mystery Balloons

Drop by the Youth Services department any time each month to explore our Observation Station. Each station includes an in-house or take-home activity.


“1000 Books Before Kindergarten” Kickoff

Fri., Sept., 9, 10am–12pm

Sat., Sept. 10, 10am–12pm
Please see article on page XX.


Fall Fun & Games

Fri., Oct. 7, 1pm

All ages

Join us for autumn-inspired games, activities, and a craft. Children younger than age 4 must be accompanied by a parent.


Families can enjoy "Owls Up Close," 
Oct. 29.

Owls Up Close

Sat., Oct. 29, 10:30am

Donna Tate, director of education at Fox Valley Wildlife Center (FVWC), talks about these majestic and mysterious birds of prey. Learn about the owl’s anatomy and the species native to Illinois, and meet two screech owls that call FVWC home. Suitable for children ages 5 and older. Doors to the Founders Room open at 10:15am.


BatFest Stories and Parade 

Sat., Oct. 22, 11:30am

Stop by the Reading Garden (weather permitting) for fall songs and stories. Then join the Batavia Mothers’ Club costume parade to downtown Batavia for more BatFest activities. Children are invited to wear costumes. Parents must accompany children.


Halloween Family Fun

Mon., Oct. 31, 7pm

All ages

Celebrate Halloween at the Library with tricks and treats. Spooky tales, songs, games, and more. Wear your costume (moms and dads, too!) and bring your trick-or-treat bag.


Preschool Fair

Mon., Nov. 14, 6:30–8pm

Trying to decide on a preschool for your child? Stop by the Library for a look at various Batavia and Geneva preschools. The open house format offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to talk to the staff of many preschools in one evening, in one location.

And Don’t Miss . . .

Registration is not required for the following activities.

Drop-In Craft

Thurs., Sept. 8, 10am–12pm

Sat., Sept. 17, 10am–12pm

Mon., Oct. 12, 11am–1pm

Sat., Oct. 15, 10am–12pm


Bookmark Contest

Oct. 1–30

Grades 1–5

Entry forms are available at the Youth Services Desk beginning October 1.

Movie at the Library

Mon., Oct. 10, 2pm

Please call the Library for movie title, length, and rating.

Registration Information: Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 500, for more information and to register. Priority is given to Batavia Public Library cardholders for all programs requiring registration. Unless otherwise noted, registration begins the first of the month in which the program occurs. Storytime registration begins September 1.