Vinton Library announces children’s schedule and new Winter Reading Program

VINTON–The Vinton Public Library has announced its schedule of children’s events for February, headlined by the “Super Hero Winter Carnival” on February 11. This year’s carnival is an open house for all ages, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

“We’ll have Super Hero-themed games, crafts, and snacks,” said Emily Metrock, Children’s Library Assistant at the Vinton Branch Library. ”Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume, but it’s not required.”

A new activity, the Winter Reading Program begins in February for preschool aged children, from birth to five years of age.  Just as in the Summer Reading Program, children sign up, keep track of the books they read, or the books read to them, and return their reading log to the library for a prize.

The Winter Reading Program (WRP), just like the summer program, is sponsored by the Friends of the Library organization. They hold annual book sales and sell items such as candy bars and book bags throughout the year to fund the two  reading programs. The Friends will provide a copy of the popular and beautifully illustrated book, “I Love My Little Storybook”, by Anita Jeram, to all who complete the WRP.

“One of the goals of the WRP is to ‘teach parents ways they can encourage their child’s language and literacy development,’ “said Diana Rosapepe, Director of the Roanoke County Public Library. “This statewide initiative is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Read Aloud Virginia, Smart Beginnings, and the Virginia Department of Social Services.”

The Page Turners Book Club for grades 5-8 will be meeting on Thursday, February 7 from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. to discuss the novel “Flygirl” by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith. “Flygirl” is the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots who flew non-combat missions during World War II. Registration is required.

The “Herd of Nerds” group, formerly known as the “Gathering of Geeks”, will meet for the “Dr. Whostravaganza” on Thursday, February 7 from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. for Dr. Who-related games and crafts. This activity is planned for ages 11-18.

“Artsy Antics: Bookish Things” is scheduled for ages 10-13 on Tuesday, February 12 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. This activity involves an art project using old books. Students need to sign up in advance.

The Lego Club for ages 7-12 will gather on Thursday, February 14, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.for an Open House, where they are welcome to construct whatever their hearts desire from the Library’s enormous collection of legos.  Or, as the library puts it, “We have the legos, you bring your imagination.”

The “Doodlers” will be making bookmarks from a variety of materials, such as paper clips, envelopes, paint swatches, and more  at “Bookmarks Galore!” on Thursday, February 21 from  4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Doodlers are students ages 5-10. Registration is required for this activity.

The Mario Kart video gaming tournament is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 11-18. Registration for this activity is needed by February 8.

A four-week story time session starts up again during the week of February 18. Children 17 months up to age 2 meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Ages 3-5 meet at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Babies and toddlers from birth to 16 months meet for story time at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays; and ages 3-5 at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Registration for activities, when required, can be made by calling the Vinton Public Library at 540-857-5043.