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.
Mon., Dec. 5, 7pm
Families with children through age 7
Drop in for stories, songs, and a craft.
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.
Wed., Dec. 7, 10am
Thurs., Dec. 8, 10am
Ages 3–6 without a caregiver
Activities, Books, and Craft program for children without a caregiver
Fri., Dec. 9, 1pm
Younger siblings are welcome. An adult must accompany children younger than 4 years old.
Thurs., Nov. 3, 4:30pm
Thurs., Dec. 1, 4:30pm
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
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
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
Thurs., Dec. 15, 4:30pm
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
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
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
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
Chess Club R
Wed., Nov. 23, 10am
Tues., Dec. 20, 4:30pm
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.
Fri., Nov. 25, 10am
Tues., Dec. 27, 10am
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.
Wed., Dec. 28, 1–3pm
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.
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.
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.
“I Spy” Discovery Bottles
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
Tues., Nov. 22, Dec. 27, Jan. 3, 7–8pm
Participants should have a basic knowledge of the game.
Wed., Nov. 23, 1pm
Fri., Dec. 30, 11am
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
Correctly guess how many elfish items are in the jar for a chance to win a prize.
Bookshelf Elf Search
There is a Bookshelf Elf hiding in the Youth Services department. Find him and bring him to the Youth Services Desk for a treat.