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.
May 2015 Events
Paws to Read
Saturday, MAY 2, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 11. Register please. Read to a furry friend who is a great listener! Improved reading skills and confidence (plus fun) are the goals. All dogs are Humane Society certified therapy dogs. Leigh, a member of our staff, will send you an email with your child's assigned time a few days before the program.
My Mom Rocks
Monday, MAY 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 11. Register please. Are you looking for a great way to show Mom how great she is this Mother's Day? Tell her you think she rocks with art project that turns ordinary river rocks into works of art!
Thursday, MAY 7, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Ages 3 to 8. Drop in. Gather 'round Seuss fans - Join us for lots of Seuss stories and some Seuss-y good craft fun! Our guest presenters for this fantastic evening story time are from the Southern MD Reading Council, and each child who attends will receive a free book to take home and keep.
Tie Dye Workshop
Thursday, MAY 21, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ages 6 to 11. Register please. Go retro this summer with a tie dye creation of your own making! Learn how to tie dye and create a new look for an old t-shirt. All participants must bring a t-shirt.
Friday, MAY 29, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Families. All ages. Register please. Special guest: Nicki Brasso from Island Music Company. Join us for a Ukulele Jam at the library! Bring your uke, come and strum, come to listen or just come to sing along. Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Saturday STEM Club: Castles and Catapults
Saturday, MAY 30, 9:00 a.m. Ages 6 to 11. Register please. Head back to the Middle Ages with three great experiments: Build a mighty structure & test its strength! Build a catapult and see how high you can launch a ping pong ball! Make a balloon scream! Join us for an afternoon of creative fun!
Homeschool S.T.E.A.M. Club
Early elementary aged children, 6 to 9,
are welcome to join us for fun, learning and socializing. We will have a STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity for education and
entertainment. In May, we will learn about Music.
Wednesday, MAY 6, 11:00 a.m. - noon: Register please.
Thursday, MAY 7, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Register please.
Around the World Geography Club
Wednesday, MAY 13, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Ages 2 to 5. Drop in. A geography club for preschoolers! Each month we will learn about a different country, reading both non-fiction and picture books, singing songs, playing games and doing crafts. In May we'll look at Russia.
Thursday, MAY 28, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Families. All ages. Drop in. In this monthly series we play a different life-sized version of a popular board or computer game. In May we will play JENGA!
Saturday, MAY 30, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Jali-D: The Drum Talker
Tuesday, MAY 5, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Ages 6 to 11. Drop in. Never before have children looked at math and reading in such a hip way. This rhythmic and lyrically engaging music performance demonstrates the power of music as an educational tool, and inspires both students to view learning in an exciting new way. Jali-D raps about math, reading, science, video games, the brain, and emphasizes the value of achievement. Students have an opportunity to display their math and reading prowess in call-and-response exercises.
Homeschool U presents Chess Club
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Ages 6 to 18. 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.
Friday, MAY 1: Register please.
Friday, MAY 15: Register please.
Friday, MAY 29: Register please.
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! A Counting Story Time!
Saturday, May 2. 11:00 am - 11:45 am. Ages 0-5. This is a great story time to encourage counting with something kids love: PIZZA! Calling all little chefs: come enjoy a pizza story and then practice your counting skills as we make our own pizzas out of construction paper.
Celebrate Children's Book Week
Tuesday, May 5. 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Ages 4-11. Celebrate Children's Book Week with local author/ illustrator team Rod & Leanne Hannah. Rod (the author), a British New Zealander, teams with his wife Leanne (the illustrator), a native Marylander, to create the story of Hickory Hippo. Rod & Leanne will share Hickory's adventures from Hickory Hippo and the Snow Mystery. We invite children to dress up as a storybook character for this event!
Homeschool Book Club
Wednesday, MAY 6. 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Ages 9-11. This book club for homeschoolers encourages kids to read a well-known book, then join us to watch the movie adaptation. After the movie, we will discuss the differences between the book and film. This month's book selection will be James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.
For Tweens (Ages 9 to 12), Tuesday, MAY 12, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 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.
Homeschool Resource Fair
Saturday, MAY 30, 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Families. All ages.Drop in. Families who are considering homeschooling as an alternative option to public or private schools are invited to come and speak with local homeschool groups as well as organizers of local homeschool programs. Parents are also invited to swap curricula with other homeschooling parents.