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Toddlers to teens find summer fun at Madison, Triana libraries

MADISON – The thrill of summer days may be wilting in the heat wave, but Madison and Triana public libraries are percolating with options to underscore reading’s importance, while also checking out new avenues of recreation.

In all four seasons, local libraries offer frequent sessions for the toddler to teenager set. Preschool Storytime and similar narrator readings captivate the children’s imaginations.

The “Oceans of Fun” summer reading program continues with attractions before school resumes. Educational, interactive stories for caregivers and children are available. Librarians will engage the young patrons with everything from creating ocean-themed art to scavenger hunts and code-breaking.

“Mini Makers: Movie Magic” will place children behind the camera or ‘stage left’ on their way to Hollywood stardom. This Madison program runs July 13 and 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for six- through 12-year-olds. Participants will learn about cinematography’s components, including script application, acting and special effects. They will create a short film.

Madison has several book clubs for conversational comparisons. A new group, “Next Chapter Book Club,” will meet July 13 at 10 to 11 a.m. This weekly club invites adults and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anyone can participate, whatever the reading or ability level.

Another book club, Time Out, targets people enjoy Young Adult books but are no longer teenagers. They will meet July 14 from noon to 1 p.m. This monthly club in Madison ‘themes’ food dishes to the books they are reading and discussing. Their current read is “We Are Okay” by Nina LaCour with dorm food as the theme.

Both new and experienced players are welcome to play American Mah Jongg, the classic strategy game of matching. The group meets weekly from 1 to 4 p.m. in Madison. For information, email tallison@hmcpl.org.

“Mini Makers: Coding” will offer an overview of computer programing languages, exploring coding techniques and vocabulary. Students will learn about building blocks to create a game or website. Sessions include July 18 and 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Madison for six- to 12-year-olds. All materials are provided.

Fans of “American Girl” can attend a book club devoted to “Lea” on July 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Madison. Crafts and games will relate to the book, character or era. Participants have the option of bringing a doll. To register, call 256-461-0046 or visit hmcpl.org/americangirl071822.

“Bridgerton” Ever After Book Club will critique the popular Netflix series on July 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Madison. This look at the “Bridgerton” book series by Julia Quinn will start with “The Duke and I.”

Triana Public Library now boasts a Makerspace Studio with 3D printers available for use. Patrons can use their computer to order on-demand 3D printing.

With “Go for Launch!,” students will learn about human spaceflight and will work to compete collaboratively to launch an experiment into space. Students in grades 8-12 are welcome. Registration required. (higherorbits.org/go-for-launch)

For more information, call 256-461-0046 or visit madison@hmcpl.org.

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