Library offerings help warm up winter’s chill

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Has this weather got you thinking about some comforting kitchen-time?

How about a night in with an exciting new dinner recipe and a movie? With over 400 cookbooks to choose from, you can find exactly what you’re craving at The Library. While you’re there, browse the huge selection of DVDs for a classic favorite or a new release. Redbox is nice, but free movies are so much better, and you won’t sacrifice selection just because it’s a good deal. Plus, if you’re a little bit old school like me, you’ll appreciate the fact that The Library is one of the last places where you can read the DVD jacket when choosing a movie.

For a truly relaxing night in, order take out and log on to ebonnerlibrary.org to stream movies for free with your library card number and Hoopla. It’s like Netflix … but it’s free.

If getting out of the house sounds more relaxing, here are a few opportunities to enjoy some inspiration at the East Bonner County Library District this week. All events take place at the Sandpoint branch, 1407 Cedar St., unless otherwise indicated.

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• Fridays — Explore virtual reality (reserve sessions), 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; reserve a 15-minute session in the VR room at ebonnerlibrary.org/Events on the event listing. Information: Contact the Tech Desk 208-263-6930, ext.1251.

• Fridays — Teen Role Playing Games, 3-5 p.m., Room 102. Teens play Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and other RPGs. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1245; or kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Fridays — M.A.C. (Manga/Anime Club) for Teens, 3-5 p.m., Room 102. Celebrate fandom at The Library. Read, write, and watch your favorite manga and anime with other enthusiasts. Information, 208-263-6930, ext. 1245; or kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Saturdays in November ­— Visual Communication Skills and American Sign Lan-guage. 10:30 a.m. in the VR Room. Open your eyes for a hands-on workout in communication skills. Welcome anyone struggling with hearing loss or anyone interested in learning about American Sign Language and the visual culture of the deaf community. Open to new students until third class. Registration required. Information: Susan Schaller, susan.schaller@gmail.com.

• Saturdays — Explore virtual reality (reserve sessions), 2-4 p.m.; reserve a 15-minute session in the VR room at ebonnerlibrary.org/Events on the event listing. Infor-mation: Contact the Tech Desk 208-263-6930, ext.1251.

• Monday, Dec. 2 — Open play with Legos, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Karen’s Room. This is a drop-in STEM-inspired “What can you build?” challenge. Younger children should have a parent present. Information: suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Tuesdays — Mother Goose, 10 a.m. in Karen’s Room. Stories and singing for babies and toddlers 0-3 years old and their caregivers with stay & play until 10:40 a.m. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Tuesdays — Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m., in Karen’s Room. Stories and crafts for kids and their caregivers. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Tuesdays — Explore virtual reality (drop-in sessions), 3-6 p.m., drop-in 15-minute sessions. First come, first served. All ages welcome. Under 18 must accompany parent consent form. Youth under 10 years old must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian. Information: Tech Desk, 208-263-6930, ext.1251.

• Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 3-12 — Make It (knitting), 3:30 p.m. in Karen’s Room. Kids learn to knit and take home their creation! Free, but registration is required. Information or to register: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Wednesdays — Clark Fork Mother Goose, 10:30 a.m. at the Clark Fork branch library; stories, rhymes, and music for toddlers and their caregivers followed by 20 minutes of play time. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Wednesdays — Clark Fork Storytime, 11:30 a.m., Clark Fork branch library. Stories, music, and crafts geared to ages 3-8. All welcome. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Wednesday, Dec. 4 — College boxes, 2 p.m. at the Clark Fork branch library; decorate your own keepsake box with magazine clippings, colorful paper, or glitter. Geared to ages 8-14, all welcome. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Wednesday, Dec. 4 — Clark Fork 3D Printing Community, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Clark Fork branch library. Drop in to collaborate with others and learn more from staff about 3D printing and design. A few laptops will be provided or you may bring your own device. Open to all ages and skill levels. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Wednesdays — Teen Lounge Passive Pop-Up Programs, 4 p.m. in the Rotary Teen Lounge. Teen-driven art, engineering, robots, and science projects and workshops. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1245; or kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Now through Sunday, Dec. 1 — Clark Fork Autumn Reading Program — for all ages. Read between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1 and record the name of each book, full magazine, or book on tape with the author’s name. For each completed item, earn a library bidding dollar for use in the Holiday Silent Auction held on Dec. 6 and 7. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7 — Clark Fork Holiday Silent Auction, at the Clark Fork branch library. Put those reading dollars from the Clark Fork Library Autumn Reading Program to use! Books for all ages, movies, music, and more! Great gift ideas for you or a loved one. *List all books, complete magazines, or audio books read between September 1st and December 1st. For each completed item, earn a bidding dollar for use in the silent auction. No real money accepted.* Auction is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. Information: 208-266-1321.

• Saturday, Dec. 7 — Sandpoint Friends of the Library Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Support your book habit while you support your library.

• Winter Reading Challenge — Register at ebonnerlibrary.beanstack.org for the first of three winter reading challenges. Our first one is a Holiday Challenge, from Nov. 4 through Dec. 13. Read and complete holiday-related activities to earn books and drawing entries. Drawing prizes include robots, knitting looms, and legos. Separate January and February Challenges will follow in the new year. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1211; or suzanne@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Teen Winter Reading Challenge — Runs Nov 1 - Feb 29. Fun new format and great prizes. Visit ebonnerlibrary.beanstack.org for more information and to register. Information: 208-263-6930, ext. 1245; or kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org.

• Rotary Teen Lounge — Open to seventh-12th graders from any school/homeschool; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 2-6 p.m., and Fridays, 2-5 p.m. Information: kimber@ebonnerlibrary.org, or 208-263-6930, ext. 1245.

• StoryWalk — Pages from a children’s book are posted along a trail for a fun, family experience. Enjoy “Over the River & Through the Woods” by Linda Ashman at Dover City Park and “Time to Sleep” by Denise Fleming at McNearney Park. Titles change in December. Read, connect, and get outside at a StoryWalk, a partnership of The Library, Kaniksu Land Trust, city of Dover, and city of Ponderay. For more information, visit Facebook.com/BonnerStoryWalk.

Marcy Timblin is in charge of public relations, marketing & community development for the East Bonner County Library District. She can be reached at 208-208- 208-208-263-6930, ext. 1204.

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