Local children and teens have a wide variety of new and continuing programs to choose from at Huntington City – Township Public Library (HCTPL).
One of the newest programs is Tech Tuesdays, a drop-in event offered from 2 to 5 p.m. every week.
“Kids usually have phones and ipads from a young age and need help installing library apps,” said Malissa Hostetler, HCTPL children’s librarian.
Tech Tuesdays are designed to help kids install Libby, a library app that offers ebooks and digital audiobooks, and Hoopla, which offers books, audiobooks, comics and movie streaming.
To access these apps, children must have an active library card and know their pin number, or have an adult with them who knows their pin.
However, they don’t need to have their physical card with them when they come to Tech Tuesdays.
Hostetler said it only takes 15 to 20 minutes to install both apps and give children a quick tutorial.
• Recently, the library restarted family story time inside the library. It takes place Tuesdays, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Children from infants to school age are invited.
• Other programs for young children include HEROS story time, which the library is hosting in partnership with Purdue Extension Huntington County. HEROS focuses on social – emotional learning for children. It is offered the second Wednesday of each month, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
• In cooperation with Purdue Extension, HCTPL hosts the kids program Let’s Get Movin’ the fourth Wednesday of the month, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
• PAWS is offered the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, from 10 to 11 a.m.
PAWS gives children the opportunity to read to, or just hang out with, therapy dogs from Three Rivers Visiting Dogs.
• Children ages seven and up can participate in HCTPL’s Lego Club the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Kids can create their own projects using the library’s Lego supply.
• Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 7. Throughout the day, patrons of all ages can choose a free comic to take home (while supplies last).
• The Teen Book Club will meet Monday, May 9, at 6 p.m. This month “Inheritance Games,” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, will be discussed. Teen Book Club meets monthly.
• Girls are invited to a Period Party- Monday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. Geared towards grades four and up, the program will cover the basics of menstruation.
Menstruation products currently on the market will be displayed so that girls can learn more about what is available. Meg Friesen, HCCSC nurse, will give the presentation and answer questions. There will also be giveaways of menstruation products for those attending.
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• Thursday Night Adventures, the library’s monthly D&D game, will take place on May 19, at 6p.m.
• Nerf Night returns Friday, May 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for tweens (ages nine through 12) and teens.
Participants use HCTPL’s nerf guns and darts. The library also provides pizza.
Nerf Night is divided into two time slots. Younger kids play at the earlier time.
• The summer library program kicks off on Saturday, June 4. This year’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities.
All ages are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded by age group.
• Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to noon, children can make a container to give as a Father’s Day gift.
The activity is sponsored by Huntington County Master Gardeners.
For more information, call HCTPL at 356-0824.