Children of all ages are cordially invited to attend Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Party at the Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 16th. Mrs. Claus will have a Cocoa Bar and serve cookies (while supplies last). There will be table crafts, puzzles, face-painting, and a showing of the movie Polar Express. One lucky winner of a great door prize will receive a bell, and ornament, and a book. Come in and join Mrs. Claus for holiday fun.
Read with Rylee, the Tail-Wagging Tutor.
Boys and girls sign up to read to Rylee.
Rylee loves to hear you read.
Fifteen-minute time-slots are available on Fridays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM.
SIGN-UP IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Please note: Rylee is not available on December 15th.
Nanny Rosebud will read some story books and tell a story too! There will be interactive stories and a simple craft geared for young children.
On the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 AM.
SIGN-UP IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
December 6th & 20th
January 3rd & 17th
February 7th & 21st
SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY
Wednesday, February 14th
Sm-Ar-Ti-Es is a science club where children learn about a specific topic by reading a short picture book together, then doing group projects or crafts related to the topic. This program encourages children to explore and experiment with science.
Unless otherwise posted, the Science Club meets on the Second Thursday afternoon of the month, at 3:30 PM.
SIGN-UP IS REQUIRED
FOR THIS PROGRAM
In lieu of specific library passes, Gilman Library cardholders may visit any museum or educational attraction of choice and return with a receipt within thirty days, to request a reimbursement of up to $20 per visit, up to three times per calendar year.
1. Limited to library card holders in good standing.
2. Patrons must submit stubs or receipts to have a reimbursement check issued for up to $20.00 per family per visit with a limit of $60.00 per year.
3. Receipts must be submitted within 1 month of the visit.
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If you are visiting the Whimsy Corner at the Gilman Library, with your grown-up, please ask for your Whimsy Corner Card. You can get a stamp on the card for each visit (and one on your hand, too if you'd like!). After ten visits and the card is full and you can pick a free prize, and get a new Whimsy Corner Card.
If you are interested in becoming a Whimsy Corner Volunteer Reader, please speak with a staff member.
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