Kids looking to keep boredom at bay can count on the Huntsville Library during the March Break.
Youth Services Librarian Amber McNair has been busy planning lots of great activities, kicking things off with a birds of prey show being held at the Legion and sponsored by the Friends of the Library on Wednesday morning.
McNair explains there will be, “five different birds of prey and they provide more information about birds and then you see them live and some of them do fly across the room.”
She expects about 200 people will attend the event that begins at 11:00am, and there is a $3 admission fee that can be paid at the door or tickets can be bought at the library ahead of the show.
“We always try to make sure there is a range of offerings for all different age groups and different interests,” says McNair.
There is a wide variety of activities on offer that can be seen at the library’s website.
“We have a drum circle with Barry Hayward and that is for age three and up,” she says. “Kids can come for a whole hour and try out different instruments and Barry leads some drumming.”
There is a great day planned for young kids who are fans of a certain dog-themed animated show.
“For kids aged three to six we have a Paw Patrol party that’s happening on Tuesday at 2:00pm,” offers McNair. She adds, “And we are having some crafts and the green screen and the button maker and the little obstacle course for them to do during that event.”
McNair says the March break is a great way to introduce new generations to all the library has to offer.
“We are really trying to be the hub of the community,” she says. “A place where you can do all different things. In the children’s library, we have a map mat of Huntsville so kids can play with cars on that. We also have early literacy stations for them to do educational games. Of course, we have books and audio books. And graphic novels have really taken off with kids. Our collection is quite heavily used.”
For older kids, there will be interactive Minecraft available where up to five people can be in the game but also in the same room planning and talking to each other.
There is also a 3D printing station and a virtual reality experience available.
“With VR, lots of people haven’t tried it before and so it’s a good time to sign up for 15 minutes,” says McNair. “They can look through our guidebook of what games and experiences we have and then try that out.”
Most of the activities are free but some may require advanced registration.