The Charles County Public Library has a variety of special activities every month for children of all ages. In addition to our regular story times, special guests are often invited to come entertain and educate.
Please check the calendar for upcoming events. Be advised, you may have to register for certain ones to reserve a spot. Once you click an event, you will be informed if you have to register.
If you would care to look at archived photographs taken during past programs please check out our Facebook page.
February 2016 Events
Every Wednesday 10:00-10:45 a.m. Ages 4 to 9 with caregiver. Drop in.
This is an introduction to Yoga for young children in a playful and imaginative way. The name of the game is to have fun, get energized, and mimic nature and the world around you using your own body. Bring your own mat.
Monday, February 8, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Ages 6-11. Register please.
Come prepare for Valentine's Day with a sweet story, and then learn all about bees, beekeeping, honey and the people who love this fascinating hobby! We'll give you and your little honeys a fun and delightful evening!
Under the Griot’s Tree
Saturday, February 20, 11:00 a.m. – noon. Ages 6-11. Drop in.
Join Griot Baba Jamal for a morning of storytelling. These tales range from animal stories to true accounts and each one contains a moral message, or a "life lesson," be it from Aesop and African wisdom or from actual historic accounts. Knowledge will spread from under the Griot’s Tree.
Homeschool S.T.E.A.M. Club
Once a month we will meet to do a fun and educational S.T.E.A.M. activity. All projects are geared toward early-elementary age homeschool students. Join us for fun, learning and socializing. This month's we will be doing a fun Math activity.
Wednesday, February 3, 11:00 a.m. - noon. Ages 5 to 9. Register please.
Thursday, February 4, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Ages 5 to 9. Register please.
Crazy 8s Math Club
Wednesdays, January 13-March 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ages 9 to 11. Register please.
Crazy 8's is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities. Its math gone wild, nothing like your usual math club! Kids build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes and play games like Toilet Paper Olympics. Join us for this fun and exciting (and sometimes messy) math for grades 3 -5. It is best if kids can commit to attending all 8 weeks.
Around the World Geography Club
Wednesday, February 10, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ages 4 to 9. Drop in.
Each month we will learn about a different country, reading both non-fiction and picture books, singing songs, playing games and doing crafts. This month we'll study Papua New Guinea!
Instagram Pics Bookmarks
Thursday, February 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Ages 9-18. Drop in.
Give the gift of...well, YOU! Create and customize Photobooth bookmarks from your Instagram pictures. These will be picture perfect gifts for Valentine's Day or you can keep them for yourself!
Evening Story Time @ The Black Box Theatre
Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. All Ages. Drop in.
Were you unable to join us for story time during the day? Join us at the Black Box Theatre in Indian Head for stories, songs, dancing, crafts and more! 4185 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head, MD 20640.
Thursday, February 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m. All Ages. Drop in.
In this monthly series we play a different life-sized game each month. So far we have played Clue, Battleship, Chess, Angry Birds, Jenga and many more. This month we will be playing Chutes and Ladders!
Saturday STEM Club: Attack the Fort!
Saturday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. – noon. Ages 6-11. Register please.
Kids will engineer their own catapults and forts using construction paper, straws, craft sticks, tape, markers/crayons and scissors. After the construction phase they will prep their forts for battle and try to destroy others' forts using their catapult creations. Lots of fun and laughter are guaranteed!
Coding Class for the Family!
Saturday, February 6, 1:30 -2:30 p.m. Ages 4-9 with caregiver. Register please.
Coding is the brand new literacy (it's remarkably easy and lots of fun)! This interactive family program is designed to teach the very basics of computer coding, as well as which apps and websites to utilize.
Art on a Cart!
Tuesday, February 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m. All Ages. Drop in.
Drop by for a crafting opportunity! Children will make and take home simple and fun Valentine's Day crafts! All art supplies will be provided.
Black History Hall of Fame!
Thursday, February 25, 3:00-3:45 p.m. Ages 6-13. Drop in.
Drop by and join us in this fast-paced adventure through the Black History Hall of Fame! You'll be introduced to over a dozen "ground breakers" and "hall-of-famers" that have largely contributed to shaping out nation's past, present and future. You'll see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison ~ and that's just to name a few! Young audience volunteers and incredibly talented performers bring this exciting show to life in every possible way.
Balloon Twisting 101
Saturday, February 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Ages 9-11. Register please.
Do you have a passion for creativity? Then visit us and learn from the very best - veteran balloon artist Vera Brooks! Ms. Vera will provide hands-on instructions of her very unique balloon art. She will teach children how to make animals and other exciting objects by twisting bright and colorful balloons into various shapes. This promises to be an afternoon full of exciting, squeaky and twisty fun!
Adventure Time! Yoga for Kids
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. Ages 3-6. Drop in.
It's Adventure Time! This yoga program is perfect for the 3-6 year old age range. In addition to learning yoga basics, this program encourages imagination and learning. Our adventure destinations include the Beach, Rainforest, Jungle, Under the Sea, Desert, Zoo, Farm, Circus, Dinosaur World, Pet Store and more!
Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Ages 2 to 5. Space is limited. Registration required.
Join us for an interactive play session - we'll provide the educational toys, you bring your child and provide the imagination! Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
February 2, 6:00 p.m. Register please.
February 4, 10:00 a.m. Register please.
February 4, 10:45 a.m. Register please.
February 11, 10:00 a.m. Register please.
February 11, 10:45 a.m. Register please.
February 16, 6:00 p.m. Register please.
February 18, 10:00 a.m. Register please.
February 18, 10:45 a.m. Register please.
February 25, 10:00 a.m. Register please.
February 25, 10:45 a.m. Register please.
Homeschool Book Club
Wednesday, February 3, 10:00 a.m. - noon. Ages 9 to 11. Drop in.
Join us for our Homeschool Book Club featuring a well-known book and the movie adaptation of that book to discuss and review. Each book club meeting encourages homeschooled children to read and compare the book to the film. Snacks will be provided. This month's discussion will be on "Holes" by Louis Sacher.
Spanish Class for Little Amigos
Thursday, February 4, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Ages 2 to 5. Drop in.
Children will enjoy bilingual stories (English & Spanish), songs, finger plays and a craft!
Chess Club for Kids and Teens
Friday, February 5 and February 19, 3:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 18. Drop in. Learn to master the game of chess, a game over a thousand years old. Learn the fundamental basics of how to play the game, and make new friends as you compete with each other in a friendly match.
Writing Club for Tweens
Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Ages 9 to 11. Drop in.
Young writers hone their writing skills through various fun activities that encourage creative thinking. Writers will have an opportunity to share their work voluntarily with the group.
Passage to Freedom
Saturday, February 13, 11:00-noon. All ages. Drop in.
Walk in the footsteps of those who would be free in story and song. Join Janice the Griot for entertaining, educational and interactive storytelling. Stories will include African Stories of Freedom, Underground Railroad & Quilt Stories including Harriet Tubman, Negro Spirituals and Code Songs, Civil Rights Story including Rosa Parks and Freedom Marches and songs.
Family Craft Night
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Ages 3-9. Drop in.
Spend family time together creating simple craft projects. This month we will make jelly fish out of paper bowls. All supplies will be provided.
Board Game Night
Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 p.m. All ages. Drop in.
It's Board Game Night! Spend time with family and friends playing new and classic board games like Candy Land, checkers, Scatergories, Pictionary, Chutes and Ladders and more!
MinecraftEDU for Kids and Teens
Friday, February 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Ages 6 to 18. Register please.
Players work as a group to build and to solve puzzles in the virtual world of the Minecraft game. Using an in-house server, players communicate verbally and interact through the game to create collaboratively. A fun and addictive game that also helps develop teamwork and social skills.
Friday, February 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m. All ages. Drop in.
Are you a singing star-in-the-making? Do you just enjoy the laughs of belting out your favorite song? Join the fun with a night of Karaoke after hours at Waldorf West.