If you have procreated, odds are good that you are familiar with the story hour at your nearest library. Particularly if you are a stay-at-home parent, and doubly so if it's the dead of winter, you've probably got a standing date with your local librarian.
But -- pardon me if you already are aware of this next little tidbit -- libraries have stepped up their games big time and created a delightful array of programs to draw in kids and their keepers.
Spoiler alert: LEGOS!
So banish any lingering thoughts of stuffy stacks and check out (couldn't resist) the following offerings:
Family Movie Night @ the Regent Theater/Allegan District Library
The Allegan library has teamed up with the Regent Theater for a special showing of The Lego Batman Movie on Feb 11, along with an appearance by the Dark Knight himself. Attend the library’s Lego Movie Night on Feb 9 to receive a top-secret prize to use at the movie.
Coloring Club @ the Benton Harbor Public Library
Head to Benton Harbor for a session of relaxing, artistic fun for all ages. Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Little Scientists @ the Webster Memorial Library
The Decatur library invites kids ages 2 to 5 to try their hands at science and math activities. Mondays at 10 am.
Mother-Daughter Book Club @ the Edwardsburg Branch Library
Moms and their girls in grades 5 to 8 read the selected book ahead of a group discussion and snacks at the Cass District Library. Second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.
Pajama Storytime @ the Holland Herrick District Library
This is a story time, yes, but it's too fantastic not to include. Let the kids don their comfy pjs and wear them to a special pre-bedtime tale in Holland. Mondays at 6:30 pm.
Mini Makerspace Mondays @ the Holland North Branch
Kids ages pre-K to second grade can explore basic science concepts and activities centered on a new STEAM theme each month. Mondays @ 4:30 pm.
Junior Garden Club @ the Niles District Library
This fun introduction to gardening is for ages 8-12. Held the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm.
Block Party @ the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library
Built LEGO creations to your heart's content -- without the hazard of stepping on any stray blocks at home -- during this weekly program for grades Pre-K to 5. Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 pm.
Dial-a-Story @ Lincoln Township Public Library
Parents can call the Stevensville library (269-429-1234 or 269-429-1240) to listen to a new children’s story every week.
Head here for a full listing of library programs in the Southwest Michigan area. If you see something that sounds wonderful but isn't offered at your local library, I suggest asking if they would consider adding it. They may be happy to oblige.