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April & May
Garden City Public Library Foundation’s Annual Bash for Books
June 4, 2022, 4:00-7:00 PM
This family-friendly event raises funds for the Bells for Books Bookmobile, storytimes, and other programs at the library. This year’s “Beach Bash” will be held in the library’s courtyard and will feature food, live music, a silent auction, a raffle, games, and activities for children. In the coming weeks check gardencitypubliclibraryfoundation.wildapricot.org for detailed information and ticket sales.
Mad Hatter Tea Party
Wednesday, May 11th, 5:30-7:00pm, Ages 6+
“We’re All Mad Here!” Come dressed in theme for a fantastical Wonderland Adventure! We will play games, create our own mad hats, and enjoy fancy treats. Don’t you dare be late for this very important date!
Summer Reading Kickoff Party!
Tuesday, May 31st, 4:00-7:00pm, All Ages
It’s time to submerge ourselves into a summer of reading!
This is a great time to register for Summer Reading and explore the 2022 theme of “Ocean of Possibilities”. Avoid the Summer slump and keep your reading going all Summer long. Celebrate everything Summer Reading with us, and enjoy a bounce house, face painting, crafts, games, prizes, and so much more!
YOUTH AND FAMILY HAPPENINGS
|Preschool STEAM Storytime, ages 3-7||Tuesdays / 10:00am|
|Toddler Tales, ages 18 months-3 years||Wednesdays / 10:00am|
|Kindergarten Readiness, ages 4-6 *Registration Required||Wednesdays or Thursdays / 11:00am|
|Music & Movement, ages 1-5||Thursdays / 10:00am|
|Tween Zone, ages 8-12||Thursdays / 5:00pm|
|Puppet Show, All Ages||Monthly on a Monday April 18th & May 16th 10:00am|
Special Youth Happenings
Wednesdays or Thursdays, 11:00am, Ages 4-6
New sessions start on: May 4th and May 5th
This special 6-week program meets once a week and helps prepare children aged 4-6 for Kindergarten. We will learn about the alphabet, cutting, writing, numbers, shapes, classroom skills, and a special topic each week! Children who complete all 6 classes will receive a backpack with school supplies, games, and a book. Please be ready to attend all 6 sessions. Limited Spaces. Registration is required. Please call (208)-472-2942.
Monday, April 18th & May 16th, 10:00am, All Ages
Join library friends for a fun family-friendly performance and stay after for a craft.
April: Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein
May: The Three Little Pigs
Crafty Kids – Circuit Greeting Cards
Tuesday, April 26th, 5:00pm, Ages 6+
Crafty kids returns! Create a light-up card for your family, friends, or yourself! Unleash your STEAM power and creativity as you learn about and experiment with paper circuits and art!
Tween & Teen Happenings
Kite Building Workshop
Wednesday, April 13th, 5:30-7:00pm, Ages 8+
April is National Kite Month and we are celebrating!
Come learn the history of kites from around the world and discover the power of the wind. Make and decorate your very own kite to take home with you! All supplies provided by the library. Registration encouraged. Please call 208-472-2942 to register.
Thursdays, 5:00pm, Ages 8-12
Play games, snack on treats, make crafts, and enjoy time with friends! Different activities every week!
Teen Night! Retro Game Night
Wednesday, April 27th, 5:30-7:00pm
Like an arcade, but in real life! We are going to play giant versions of old school arcade games, like Pac-Man and Tetris, while we hang out and have pizza.
|Fit and Fall Proof: Senior Fitness Class, Seniors||Tuesdays, & Thursdays / 11:00am|
|Qigong||Wednesdays / 11:00am|
|Senior Bingo||Last Wednesdays April 27th & May 25th/ 3:00pm|
|Chess||2nd Wednesdays April 13th & May 11th / 2:00-4:30pm|
|Craft & Chat||No Class in April
Tuesday, May 24th / 6:00pm
April: Sunflower Sister by Martha Kelly Hall
May: Follow the River by James Alexander Thom
April 14th and
May 12th / 2:00pm
Special Adult Happenings
Tax Preparation with AARP
Saturdays, April 2nd & April 9th, 10:30am-2:30pm
Let the AARP Tax-Aides help you navigate the confusing world of personal taxes. Bring all necessary tax documents. Walk-in appointments only. For more information refer to our website.
Garden City Community Legal Clinic
Monthly on the 3rd Thursday, April 21st & May 19th, 4:00-6:00pm
General legal advice for the community from Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program. Registration is required. Please call (208)-472-2942 to register.
Home Gardening Series – Master Gardening with University of Idaho Extension
Garden Tool Sharpening (ZOOM)
Tuesday, April 5th, 1:00pm
Sharp gardening tools make a job so much quicker, easier, and believe it or not, safer. Learn the why and how of garden tool sharpening, so you can be ready for those outdoor chores! Registration is required.
Growing Great Tomatoes (ZOOM)
Tuesday, April 12th, 1:00pm
Learn all the tips and tricks, from the Master Gardeners, on how to grow great tomatoes here in the Treasure Valley.
Registration is required.
Extreme Book Nerd Challenge Meet-Up (ZOOM)
Thursday, April 7th, 5:30pm
Join us to see what everyone is reading for the year, share book ideas, and ask any questions you might have. Registration is required.
Bee City Lecture Series: Getting to Know Bees (ZOOM)
Thursday, April 21st, 5:30
How many bee species are there in North America? 100? 200? How about 4000! Come learn about the huge variety of native bees with Dr. Joseph Wilson, associate professor at Utah State University Tooele and coauthor of The bees in your backyard: A guide to North American Bees (Princeton University Press). Dr. Wilson will be talking about native bee biology and diversity, and teaching how we can provide for bees in our own yards. Registration is required.
Chronic Pain Workshop
Every Thursday, begins May 5th-June 9th, 12:30pm
Living Well with Chronic Pain’ is a six-week workshop that gives you tools and techniques to help those that suffer (and those caring for someone) from chronic pain conditions. You will learn tools such as appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance, balancing activity with rest, tools for over-coming worst-case thinking, how our minds affect pain, and how we can use our minds to lessen pain, healthy eating, action-planning, and much more! Registration required. Please call (208)-472-2942 to register.
Bee City Lecture Series: Bee Watch and Walk
Thursday, May 5th at 5:30pm
Knowing that pollinator conservation is a critical issue, Boise City Park and Recreation in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and Bee City USA – Garden City launched Bee Watch, a new community science project to monitor bees in the Treasure Valley. Participants learn about native bee biology and identification, and conduct surveys with photos of bees at bee boxes and surrounding habitats sites in Boise. The presentation will be followed by a walk around the pollinator garden to identify bees!
Saturday, May 14th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Bring up to 5 boxes of papers to be safely shredded by Western Records Destruction.
Craft & Chat – Book Origami
Tuesday, May 24th, 6:00pm
Craft & Chat is taking a break in April.
In May, we will explore book art techniques using vintage books and creating origami-like structures to display in your home.
Registration encouraged. Call (208)-472-2942 to register.