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Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Magazines

With winter weather providing even more reading time, Forsyth Public Library has added several new magazines, including Cooking Light, Economist and National Geographic Traveler. Current issues can be read in the library while all others can be checked out for two weeks. Patrons can browse over 100 different subscriptions that make up our periodical collection.

Story Time

If you’d like to have fun listening to stories, singing, moving and creating come join us at preschool story time! Friday mornings are made just for ages 3 to 5. On January 19, our story time will be Building Bridges. On January 26, we’ll have Penguin Pretend! Story times begin at 10 a.m., with no registration required. Siblings are welcome.


Join other parents and caregivers of children ages birth to 3 at weekly Baby TALK sessions. Age-appropriate books, songs, rhymes and dances are presented by trained Baby TALK instructors. Each session allows time for caregivers to celebrate children’s accomplishments and ask questions about parenting challenges. Baby TALK meets each Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the library, and no registration is required.

Dance with Me!

Dance instructor Michi Barber of The Dance Centre welcomes families of toddlers through preschool to join her in “Dance with Me!” This program was designed based on the benefits of movement for brain development. Children and an adult partner will dance and learn together. Activities are designed for ages 16 months through 3, but all children not yet in kindergarten are welcome to attend. Offered Tuesday, January 16 at 10 a.m., “Dance with Me!” is free. No registration is required.

Bookkeepers Book Group

Bookkeepers book discussion group starts off the new year with Anita Shreve’s Stars are Fire, a novel based on the historical 1947 fire on Maine’s coast. Grace, an expectant mother of two, struggles in a loveless marriage. The story follows her life after her town and eight others are devastated by the blaze. Bookkeepers meets Friday, January 19 at 10 a.m.

Family LEGO Day

Do you love to build with LEGO bricks? Come to the library any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 20 and play the day away! This event is free to all, with no registration necessary.

Tech Play Day

Explore coding, building, virtual reality and more! Did you know that the library has tech kits that are available to check out and take home? Come learn more about our tech kits by playing with them here at the library on Thursday, January 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. Then check one out and continue to play at home!

Crazy 8s Math Club

Are you a third- to fifth-grader who enjoys playing games and discovering new things? You have the opportunity to join an after-school math club at the library every Thursday in February from 4 to 5 p.m. Play card games, explore optical illusions and more! You’ll be having so much fun you won’t realize you’re also learning! Space is limited, so please sign up or call the library at 877-8147.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program is a fan favorite at the library. Since January 2016, over 180 young readers have participated, with 24 children — birth to 5 — having completed all 1,000 books! Children who sign up receive a book log to help track the titles read/listened to, and they receive a book bag when they reach 500 books. All kids who complete the program have their names placed inside a book of their choice from the library’s children’s collection. Join the many others who learned to love reading at a young age. Check us out on Facebook to see past and current participants.

Fax Service

Faxing is among many of the services the library offers. The fee for sending a fax is $1 per page, and to receive a fax is 10 cents per page. We provide a cover sheet at no charge. The library’s fax number is 217-877-3533.

Green Bags

The library offers sturdy, environmentally friendly book bags for $2 each. Bring your new, reusable cloth book bag each time you visit us and help our community reduce plastic waste.

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