Youth

In accordance with our mission, the Alpine Public Library regularly offers programs that connect our diverse and geographically remote communities with information resources to encourage literacy and promote lifelong learning.

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Aug. 30, 2017:

Read-a-Thon kick-off party

 

Instructions 2017

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Pledge Log 2017

Reading Log 2017

Start stretching those page-turning fingers, flexing those book-supporting arms, and exercising those reading eyes. Start piling up those books and lining up those pledges. It’s time for the Alpine Public Library Read-a-Thon!

 

The 2017 APL Read-a-Thon starts with a kick-off party on August 30, 5:30-7 PM.  For the next 21 days, you’ll have an excuse to spend all your free time reading, and you’ll help earn money to support your library. The Read-a-Thon works like any fundraising walk-a-thon or marathon (except that you’re not likely to get injured). You contact your library-loving, reading friends and relatives from Alpine and from around the country and ask them to pledge a certain amount of money per page or book.

 

To recruit sponsors, describe the wonderful programs and comprehensive collection offered by the library and explain that as a private nonprofi t 501(c)(3) institution, the library receives most of its funding from grants and generous donors, people like your sponsors.

 

The Read-a-Thon ends on September 20 with a close-out party. Readers of all ages can participate and compete for prizes. Participants may count books read to them as well as books they read to others, and all books count, including audio books and e-books. Last year’s Read-a-Thon raised $2,650 and drew readers and sponsors from Alpine as well as from as far away as California and Oregon. To enjoy three exciting weeks of reading while supporting your library, start by getting registration information from the library circulation desk or download the forms below. Then you just retire to your favorite spot and read!

– Lee Smith

 

Instructions 2017

Registration2017

ReadingLog2017

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Sep. 20, 2017:

Read-a-Thon close-out party

 

The 2017 Read-a-Thon ends on September 20 with a close-out party, 5:30-7 PM.

Final submissions of your Reading Log, Pledge Log and Sponsors’ checks  are due at APL by September 29, 2017.

Sep. 27, 2017:

S.T.E.A.M. Family Night September 27, 6:30-7:30 pm

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, are the focus of our monthly Family Nights.  Come strengthen S.T.E.A.M. skills with the power of family learning once a month at the library! Activities for August 16th include:

Toddlers: Matching/Sorting
Pre-K and Kindergarten: Teddy Bear Counters and Unifix Cubes
Grades 1–4: Globs of Gluep
Grades 5–6: AudioSauna and Tinkercad

Craft project and light snack are included.

Arts and Crafts Class, Ages 10–15

Put on your FUN hat and come doodle with your friends.  We will paint, draw, laugh, and build stuff!
Instructor Alexandra Moldovan, MSW
Ages 10-15
September 16, October 21, and  November 18
11:30 am

S.T.E.A.M. Family Night September 27, 6:30-7:30 pm

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, (S.T.E.A.M skills) are the focus of our monthly Family Nights.  Come strengthen S.T.E.M. skills with the power of family learning once a month at the library! Activities for August 16th include:

Toddlers: Matching and Sorting
Pre-K and Kindergarten: Teddy Bear Counters and Unifix Cubes
Grades 1–4: Globs of Gluep
Grades 5–6: AudioSauna and Tinkercad

Craft project and light snack are included.

 

 

AR Program

Take and AR test on any of the children’s computers and choose a prize from the TREASURE CHEST! This program is available to all kids registered at Alpine Elementary School entering grades 1-4 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Read-To-Swim

All children ages 6-12 are invited to read at the library for one hour to receive a FREE wrist band to the City Pool!  Sign in at the front desk after selecting your reading material.  One free pass per person per day.

Little Free Library Challenge: Ages 12 and under

Little Free Libraries are free, community book exchanges – take a book, leave a book!  They are set up at various locations around Alpine.  Can you find them all?  Pick up a locator map and activity booklet from the front desk.  Return the completed booklet to the library and choose a prize from the TREASURE CHEST!!!  Good Luck.

Teen Digital Club and Open Lab

Explore digital media formats such as music, video, graphic, and Web design.  Ages 13-18
June 14 and 28
July 12 and 26

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get all the information and materials you need to meet the goal of reading 1000 books to your child before the age of 5.
Packets are available at the front desk.  Yes, you can do it!

Chapter Book Story Time

Meet in the Junior Area every Tuesday morning at 11:00 am for a reading of  “Cinders: The Untold Story of Cinderella,” by Finley Arron.  Grades 5-8.

Library Lizards: An After-School Club – Grades 1-3

Library Lizards is a thematic after-school club that promotes a love for reading.  The program includes a story circle,  games, inquiry-based activities, and a library exploration in the Children’s Area.  All kids in grades 1-3 are welcome.  Join us every Tuesday afternoon in the Community Room from 4:30-5:30 pm during the school year and from 3:00-4:00 pm during the months of June, July and August.

Parents are welcome but not required.  Please use the hallway entrance to the Community Room.

Science Club

The  Science Club is a project-based learning experience that promotes critical thinking and supports STEM education. All kids in grades 4-6  meet from 4:00–5:30 p.m. on the listed Thursdays.  Lesson plans are available upon request.

JUNE 22, Newspaper Chairs: Build a functional chair using newspaper and tape.

JULY 20, AQUAVISION: Distance Learning from the Texas State Aquarium with ZOOM technology.  “Surviving Earth’s Biomes:”   Investigate the Earth’s Biomes and interact with the different species of animals that live at the Texas State Aquarium.

AUG. 10 And 17, Roller Coaster Derby: Construct a roller coaster from wooden sticks and glue.