Events for our youngest patrons:
Wee Read Baby-Toddler Storytime for ages 0 to 36 months. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. on May 6, May 13 and May 20. Through librarian-led fun and engaging activities, babies and toddlers will develop positive feelings toward books and reading. Siblings are welcome.
Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 6. Mondays at 11:30 am on May 6, May 13, and May 20 with a special “B” is for Bikes storytime on May 6. This program will be full of stories, songs, and movement helping preschoolers get ready to read.
Bilingual Storytimes. Thursdays at 10:30 am throughout May. Come explore books, songs, rhymes and plays in English and Spanish.
Family Yoga. Tuesday, May 7 at 10:30 am. This is a high-energy class with simple yoga poses, cooperative games, breathing, and relaxation exercises. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to participate. This program is 45 minutes and mats are provided.
Especially for kids:
Read to a Dog. Held the first and third Wednesday of the month. Assistance dogs for PALS (Paws as Loving Support) will be at the Cloverdale Library on May 1 and May 15 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Come read to a friendly dog! Children build confidence in reading skills through practicing reading aloud in a safe space. For beginning readers.
Celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Author Natasha Yim. Friday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. Join a distinguished children's author as she reads her books, Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas and Mulan's Lunar New Year. Both stories focus on the cultural significance of the widely celebrated festival, Chinese New Year. This is a free event for all ages.
Writing Club for Kids. Monday, May 13 at 4 p.m. for ages 9 and up. This club is for aspiring young authors who enjoy creating and writing their own stories. A local published author, Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, leads the group. She is the author of the Guardian Herd series.
Build club. Friday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. Kids provide the creativity and the library provides the building materials and a theme or a challenge. Building materials may include Legos, K-Nex, Cubelets, along with D.I.Y. building projects. Free. Ages 5 and up. Great for families.
Kids Can Cook 2! Saturday May 18 at 2 p.m. Join Ceres Community Project on a food discovery journey for children aged 8 to 12. We will create a delicious stir-fry of colorful vegetables with noodles, exploring colors, tastes, textures and smells. Children will participate with each part of the preparation of the food, and will be able to eat their creation together in the class. Free. This class requires pre-registration and a waiver form with parent/guardian signature. Please contact the library for more information.
Kids Yoga. Thursday, May 23 at 3:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 12. The class introduces yoga poses with cooperative games, breathing, and relaxation exercises, as well as encourages self-expression and building social skills.
Game On! Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. throughout May. A place away from home where you can hang out with people, have a snack and play games. No studying required. We will supply the games and the space to play them. Games may include, but are not limited to: Apples to Apples, Aggravation, Dr. Eureka, Risk, Mancala and once month you can play different games on X-Box One. Tweens and teens welcome. Snacks provided.
Giant Flower Making Workshop. Friday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. April showers bring May flowers. Come make giant paper flowers to take home or share with a friend. For teens and tweens. Snacks provided.
3-D Printing at the Library: Introduction to 3-D Design and Printing for Teens and Adults. Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. Learn about 3-D Printing and start designing! In this course, we will cover the basic functions of TinkerCAD, a free online CAD program. Come to our workshops to learn about designing or come print out your own. For ages 12 and up.
3-D Printing at the Library: Intermediate Design for Teens and Adults. Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m. Learn about 3-D Printing and start designing! In this course we will cover the more intermediate functions of TinkerCAD. Explore the next steps in design and create more complex creations.
For all students K-12:
Homework Help. Every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Get the help you need to keep those grades up. We have someone here that can help you through calculus. Bring us your toughest problems. We are ready to help. Need help in reading or writing? We can help there as well. Last day will be May 21.
Master Gardener series continues Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. Come listen to Mary Lou Milkoff talk about maintaining a fire wise garden. The UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County presents these gardening workshops.
Author Visit: Victoria Golden co-authored “A Last Survivor of the Orphan Train.” Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. William was little more than a toddler when his sister deposited him and his brother on an Orphan Train heading to destinations unknown. Separated from his brother and handed over to a cruel New Mexico couple, William faced a terrible trial. Through his strength and resilience, however, his life became a series of remarkable adventures.
His story unfolds in a new memoir co-authored with Victoria Golden, which was published this past summer.
Book Discussion. The second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. Join us May 14 where we will discuss “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith. Ripley is sent to Italy to coax a young son to come back to America by a wealthy father. However, Ripley finds himself fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him, exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing — even murder — to accomplish his goal. This program is free and open to all. New members are always welcome and lending copies are available near the information desk.
Healthy Living at Your Library: Fitness for You. Fridays, May 10 and May 24 at 11:30 a.m. YMCA Instructors will assess the needs and fitness level of the attendees and teach a class suitable for all levels of mobility and strength. Classes will focus on functionality of the muscles and mobility used for everyday tasks such as lifting, standing from a low-seated position, etc. This class will also focus on the steps needed to increase fitness from any starting level.
Donna Romeo is a librarian at the Cloverdale Regional Library.