Batavia Public Library Programming: July & August
Jul 06, 2017 08:30AM
By Ben Scott
Programs and activities for youth
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. July program registration is in progress. Unless otherwise noted, registration for August programs begins July 15. Patrons of all abilities are welcome at our programs. Please contact the Library regarding accommodations.
Advance registration is required for programs designated R
For Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers
Baby Play ’n’ Learn
Fri., July 7, 10am
Fri., Aug. 11, 10am
Enjoy playtime with your baby, meet other caregivers, and see examples of early literacy activities.
Lap Sit Storytime R
Mon., July 10, 10am
Tues., Aug. 1, 10am
Ages 2–3 with a caregiver
Enjoy stories, rhymes, and more.
Baby Storytime R
Tues., July 11 and 25, 11am
0–23 months with a caregiver
Interactive program for babies with stories, rhymes, and music
ABC Storytime R
Wed., July 12, 10am
Thurs., July 27, 1pm
Activities, books, and craft program for children without a caregiver
Preschool Play ’n’ Learn
Mon., July 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 & Tot Storytime
Fri., July 21, 10am
0–35 months with a caregiver
Drop in for songs, rhymes, and stories. Please make alternate care arrangements for older siblings. Batavia Public Library card required.
Wed., July 5, 1–2:30pm
No hammer and nails are needed to complete this easy-to-make string art picture. Using only string and a needle, students can create a unique art design.
Elephant and Piggie Party R
Thurs., July 6, 11am
Join us as we celebrate two favorite book characters, Elephant and Piggie. We’ll play games, learn some fun facts about elephants and pigs, make a craft, and read Elephant and Piggie books. Get ready to party!
Book Buddies R
Fri., July 7, 2pm
Tues., July 11, 2pm
Wed., July 19, 11am
Thurs., July 27, 11am
Young readers are partnered with junior volunteers for approximately one hour of reading aloud. This program focuses on book-sharing rather than tutoring. Please register for each date student will attend.
Curiosity Club R
Mon., July 10, 1pm
Through books, games, and experiments, participants explore a variety of science and nature topics each month. Each participant receives a take-home activity.
Yarn & Tale R
Mon., July 10–Aug. 7,
Student and parent teams can join us for knitting or crocheting, with beginner instruction available, and a tale. All levels welcome. Please bring #10 knitting needles or G/H crochet hook. We’ll provide the yarn.
Duct Tapin’ Time R
Wed., July 12, 2–3:30pm
Create a lanyard with card case, step-by-step with the group, then create a duct tape item of your choice. Parents of inexperienced duct tapers are encouraged to stay and help. Bring duct tape and scissors.
American Red Cross
Thurs., July 13, 9:30am–5pm
A 7½-hour training course in which students learn basic babysitting skills and how to deal with emergencies. Participants must attend entire session. Due to the popularity of this program a lottery drawing was held in June. Please call for availability. Priority given to Batavia Public Library cardholders. Sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation.
Book Gems R
Thurs., July 13, 11am
Ben the Inventor by Robin Stevenson
Book club and activities for young readers. Registration required; reserve a copy of the book when registering.
Paws for Tales R
Sat., July 15 and 29, 10–11:30am
Students are invited to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a specially trained therapy dog. The goal of “Paws for Tales” is to create a positive, non-threatening, and fun environment in which reading aloud is enjoyed. Register for a 15-minute time slot. Due to the limited space and popularity of this program, participants can register for only one of the two dates offered. Presented by the Naperville Area Humane Society.
Hour of Code R
Mon., July 17, 2pm
Are you new to coding or are you pretty good? Practice on code.org with assistance from computer science instructor, Jo Ann Smith. Space is limited.
Tues., July 18, 11am
Use the Library’s Lego blocks to make a creation that will be displayed in the Library. Space is limited. Children age 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Batavia Public Library card required.
Cupcake Wars R
Tues., July 18, 2pm
You’ve watched the TV show, now try it yourself. Work in teams or on your own to create cupcake masterpieces based on a favorite book.
Anybook Club R
Wed., July 19, 1pm
Join us for snacks, games, and book-related banter. You can talk about books you’ve read and we’ll tell you about some you might like. You don’t have to read anything in particular, just come to enjoy book-related activities.
Design a House R
Thurs., July 20, 10am
Design and build your dream house using materials provided. We’ll explore a variety of styles and architects.
Pocket Full of Poetry R
Mon., July 24, 10am
Join us for a special program all about poetry! We’ll listen to several styles of poetry, from haiku to nonsense poems and everything in between. Then try your hand at being a poet. We’ll share our poems during the last 15 minutes of the program.
Tapping Your Inner Poet R
Mon., July 24, 1pm
Explore the various forms and styles of poetry and then experiment with writing your own. Beginners and current poets welcome! Share your writings open-mic style at the end.
Dewey Club R
Tues., July 25, 2pm
Through games and activities, students can learn about the nonfiction resources that can help them survive extreme conditions.
Mosaic Art R
Mon., July 31, 2pm
Students will learn how mosaic art is created, use colorful foam tiles to create fun bugs, and frame their designs.
Wed., Aug. 9, 1–2pm
Bring your friends and siblings to enjoy board games, chess, checkers, and giant Connect Four. Younger siblings with a parent are welcome.
Family Game Night
Mon., July 3, 7pm
Play a variety of games with your family or challenge another; create a house of cards, domino mazes, and more.
Wed., July 5, 3–6pm
Thurs., Aug. 10, 10am–1pm
Children age 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Tues., July 11–Aug. 8, 7pm
Participants should have a basic knowledge of the game.
Fri., July 14, 1–2pm
Science & Nature
Wed., July 26, 11am–1pm
Gizmos & Gadgets
Drop in for hands-on activities.
Movies at the Library
Thurs., July 20, 1pm
Wed., Aug. 2, 1:15pm
Please call the Library for movie title, length, and rating.
Thurs., July 27, 7pm
Don’t miss our really cool Summer Reading Club finale with Mr. Freeze at Fermilab. Scientist Jerry Zimmerman, a.k.a. Mr. Freeze, will amaze you with his cryogenics demonstration. Fun facts and lots of surprises are in store. Free tickets for this event available at the Youth Services Desk beginning July 1.
Fri., July 28, 11am
Mon., Aug. 14, 11am
We will play regular number bingo and our specially designed picture bingo for one hour. Children age 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.
Wed., Aug. 2, 12:30pm
Wear your Hawaiian shirt and/or grass skirt and join us for games, activities, and fun. A new island adventure feature film follows the party at 1:15pm.
Solar Eclipse Party
Mon., Aug. 21, 12:30pm
Learn about the solar eclipse, enjoy crafts, activities, and experience a safe solar eclipse viewing from the Library’s Reading Garden (weather permitting). Bring a shoebox pinhole projector or bring a shoebox and we’ll help you make one. The first 200 participants will receive free solar eclipse glasses. Note: Maximum eclipse time is 1:18pm.
Reading by Design Summer Reading Club 2017-- There’s still time to join Summer Reading Club. Pick up a logbook at the Youth Services Desk. Logbook deadline is Aug. 2, 9pm
Programs for adults and teens
Registration Information: Registration is required for some programs; please call the Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 200, or register online at BataviaPublicLibrary.org. Patrons of all abilities are welcome at our programs. Please contact the Library regarding accommodations.
Advance registration is required for programs designated R
A Solar Eclipse is Coming! R
Mon., July 10, 7pm
On August 21, 2017, for the first time in almost 30 years, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental United States. In the Chicago area, about 90% of the sun will be covered by the moon. Learn about eclipses and how to enjoy a partial or total eclipse.
The Art of Paul Gauguin R
Tues., Aug. 29, 7pm
In 2017, Chicago hosts a special traveling exhibition of artwork by Paul Gauguin. In this
slide lecture, art historian Jeff Mishur discusses Gauguin’s transition from a collector of
Impressionism to one of history’s most innovative and influential artists.
Questions & Ancestors Genealogy Series
Crafting Genealogical Citations R
Wed., Aug. 16, 7pm
Presenter Laura Street Chaplin explains how to craft professional-quality genealogical citations to document research (and prove each fact) in this interactive session. Chaplin also explores the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS).
Sundays on Stage
The Batavia Public Library Foundation is the 2017 Season Sponsor.
Please Call Me Amy R
Sun., July 30, 2pm
Behind every great man is an extraordinary woman. Amy McCormick—wife of the late Colonel Robert R. McCormick, owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune—was an extraordinary woman. Ellie Carlson portrays Amy as she talks about her Civil War surgeon father, her Red Cross service during the World War I, her hobbies, and entertaining Winston Churchill and other notables.
Sun., Aug. 27, 2pm
Dave Ehlert has been performing and perfecting his portrayal of Elvis since 1965. Ehlert has performed in 44 states, Canada, Mexico, and on the open seas. This exciting tribute to the King of rock ’n’ roll will have you swooning!
Shrubs, Switchels, and Oxymels R
Wed., July 19, 7pm
Shrubs, switchels, and oxymels are non-alcoholic drinks spiked with vinegar. Some were developed during prohibition to take the place of alcohol; others had a medicinal purpose. Cooking instructor Mary Krystinak offers detailed instructions, recipes, and samples. Bring a container, knife, cutting board, and apron to participate (optional).
Introduction to Calligraphy R
Thurs., July 20, 7pm
Participants will learn calligraphy basics in this hands-on class and explore the cursive chancery hand.
Refrigerator Pickles R
Wed., Aug. 23, 7pm
Cooking instructor Marty Krystinak offers a quick and easy way to prepare refrigerator pickles. Participants can help prepare the cucumbers and brine, and take home recipes and a small container of pickles. Bring a container, knife, cutting board, and apron to participate (optional).
Hand-Stitched Journals R
Wed., Aug. 30, 7pm
Learn introductory book-binding skills while creating a beautiful hand-stitched journal with Water Street Studios’ artist Sabrina Martin.
Water Street Studios Presents
Jim Jenkins, Metal Sculptor R
Mon., July 24, 7pm
Geneva artist and inventor Jim Jenkins explains the design process for his work, which is publicly displayed in the Fox River Valley.
Victoria Belz, Flameworked Glass Artist R
Thurs., Aug. 31, 7pm
Victoria Belz, creator of glass art for jewelry and 3D art, demonstrates the process of creating lampwork glass beads in the old Venetian style.
Adult Anime Club
Thurs., July 27 and Aug. 17, 6:30–8:30pm
Adults ages 18 and older are invited to watch anime and meet other adult anime and manga enthusiasts.
Tues., Aug. 8, 7:30pm
LaRose by Louise Erdrich
A somber, lyrical novel about a man who honors his family’s Ojibwe traditions by giving his young son to his neighbors after accidentally killing their child in a hunting accident.
September selection: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Advance registration is required for programs designated R
Inclusion Game Night
Wed., July 12 and Aug. 9, 6:30–8:30pm
Teens and young adults of all abilities—and their families and friends—are invited to meet new people and try out a board game or card game in a relaxed setting. High school volunteers are welcome.
Thurs., July 13 and Aug. 10, 6:30–7:30pm
Teens ages 13 and older are invited to watch anime, play games, and meet other anime and manga enthusiasts.
Inclusion Movie Night
Tues., July 25 and Aug. 22, 6:30–8:30pm
Teens and young adults of all abilities—and their families and friends—are welcome to meet new people and watch a movie in a relaxed setting. High school volunteers are welcome.
Escape Room R
Thurs., Aug. 3, 7-8pm
Solve the puzzles to escape the Library before your time runs out! Bring a friend to improve your chances.