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Batavia Public Library: programs and activities for youth

Oct 25, 2016 11:44AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Mayor Schielke and Linda Schielke read holiday stories at the Depot Museum during the 2014 “Celebration of Lights.” Visit the Depot Museum on Nov. 27 to hear stories this year.

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 on the first of the month in which the program occurs.

Advance registration is required for programs designated R

For Babies & Preschoolers

Preschool Play ’n’ Learn

Thurs., Nov. 17, 10am

Ages 2–5 with caregiver

Enjoy playtime with your child and explore our early literacy stations, which include activities with letters, numbers, sequencing, and more.

Baby Play ’n’ Learn

Fri., Nov. 18, 10am

Fri., Dec. 9, 10am

Babies through 24 months

Meet other parents and caregivers, enjoy playtime with your baby, and see examples of early literacy activities.

Holiday Storytime Specials

All holiday storytimes are drop-in programs. No registration required.

Lap Sit Storytime

Mon., Dec. 5, 10am

Tues., Dec. 6, 10am

Ages 2–3 with a caregiver

Enjoy stories, rhymes, and more.


Family Storytime

Mon., Dec. 5, 7pm

Families with children through age 7

Drop in for stories, songs, and a craft.


Baby Storytime

Tues., Dec. 6, 11am

Babies through 24 months with a caregiver

Babies can enjoy this interactive program which includes songs, nursery rhymes, lap games, and book-sharing. We ask that alternate care arrangements be made outside of class for older siblings.


ABC Storytime

Wed., Dec. 7, 10am

Thurs., Dec. 8, 10am

Ages 3–6 without a caregiver

Activities, Books, and Craft program for children without a caregiver


Preschool Storytime

Fri., Dec. 9, 1pm

Ages 3–6

Younger siblings are welcome. An adult must accompany children younger than 4 years old.


For Students


Thurs., Nov. 3, 4:30pm

Thurs., Dec. 1, 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., Nov. 8, 4pm

Tues., Dec. 6, 4pm

Grades 4–8

Whether you’re into graphic novels, fantasy, science

fiction, or nonfiction, share what you’re reading with your friends. Join us for snacks, games, and book-related banter.


Late Night at the Library    R

Fri., Nov. 11, 6–9pm

Grades 3–5

After-hours program that includes activities, scavenger hunt, 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 Nov. 1. Space is limited. Priority is given to Batavia Public Library cardholders and to students attending Batavia schools.


Mad Scientists  Club    R

Mon., Nov. 14, 4:30pm

“It’s Electric”

Thurs., Dec. 15, 4:30pm

“Holiday Challenge”

Grades 3–5

Develop your inner scientist through activities, experiments, and games. Have fun with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We investigate electricity in November and solve a holiday-related challenge in December.


Book Gems    R

Tues., Nov. 15, 6:30pm

Thanks to Lucy

by Ilene Cooper

Tues., Dec. 20, 6:30pm

Holly’s Jolly Christmas

by Nancy Krulike

Grades 2–3

Book club and activities for young readers. Registration required; reserve a copy of the book when registering.


Curiosity Club    R

Wed., Nov. 16, 4:30pm

Wed., Dec. 14, 4:30pm

Grades K–2

Through books, games, and experiments, participants

explore a variety of science and nature topics.


Tween Advisory Board    R

Mon., Nov. 21, 4pm

Mon., Dec. 19, 4pm

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 Batavia Public Library 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! New members

are welcome.


Chess Club    R

Wed., Nov. 23, 10am

Tues., Dec. 20, 4:30pm

Ages 6–14

Learn more about chess and improve your chess skills as we explore strategy and tactics. Basic knowledge of the game is required; however, all skill levels are welcome. A portion of the hour will be spent on strategy, then playing the game using it.


Lego® Fun

Fri., Nov. 25, 10am

Tues., Dec. 27, 10am

Ages 4–11

Drop in and build something with our Lego or Duplo bricks. No registration required. Batavia Public

Library card required for admission. Space is limited. Please note: children age 4–6 must be accompanied by an adult.


Game Day

Wed., Dec. 28, 1–3pm

Ages 7–14

Enjoy indoor games such as Wii, chess, giant Connect Four, and board games. You can bring a game of your own, too, and find a new player to challenge. Stay for all or part of the time.


For Families

Preschool Fair

Mon., Nov. 14,


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 staff from many preschools in one evening, in one location.


International Games Day

Sat., Nov. 19,


Did you know that many of the games you play originated in a different country? Stop by to play one of these games and learn about its history. We will feature chess, checkers, mancala, dominoes, marbles, and hopscotch.


Celebration of Lights

Sun., Nov. 27, 6–7pm

Batavia Depot Museum

Drop in for holiday readings at the Depot Museum.


The Magic of Gary Kantor

Sat., Dec. 10, 10:30am

Bring the whole family for a thrilling and entertaining show starring magician Gary Kantor. This show is packed with vanishing acts, mind-reading tricks, and some hilarious tricks. All ages welcome. Doors to the Founders Room open at 10:15am.


Peanuts Party

Thurs., Dec. 29, 10am

Enjoy games and activities featuring Charlie Brown and his friends and stay for a movie featuring the Peanuts gang at 11am.


And Don’t Miss . . .

No registration is required for the following activities.


Observation Station


Optical Illusions


“I Spy” Discovery Bottles


Drop-In Craft

Thurs., Nov. 10, 10am–12pm

Mon., Nov. 21, 4–7pm

Mon., Dec. 12, 10am–12pm

Sat., Dec. 17, 2–4pm

Thurs., Dec. 22, 10am–12pm


Chess Knight

Tues., Nov. 22, Dec. 27, Jan. 3, 7–8pm

Ages 8–adult

Participants should have a basic knowledge of the game.



Wed., Nov. 23,  1pm

Fri., Dec. 30, 11am

Ages 3–14

Children ages 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.


Movies at the Library

Fri., Nov. 25, 1pm

Thurs., Dec. 29, 11am

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


Bookshelf Elf Guessing Jar

Dec. 1–17

Correctly guess how many elfish items are in the jar for a chance to win a prize.


Bookshelf Elf Search

Dec. 1–22

There is a Bookshelf Elf hiding in the Youth Services department. Find him and bring him to the Youth Services Desk for a treat.