For the Kids
There are lots of opportunities to keep kids busy and out of trouble this fall.
Good morning, and welcome to a brand-new week! I know, it’s Monday, and everyone’s a little grumpy and wishing it were still the weekend, pulling the covers over our heads when the alarm goes off and desperately hoping for a few more minutes of sleep. Or maybe that’s just me.
But ready or not, the week will start anyway, so better just to up and greet the day! I’ve got some great activities for kids to share with you, so grab your coffee and dig in.
A new week means a new week of school, which of course means homework. And sometimes the middle school set can use a little nudging, or just the right atmosphere, to get the inspiration to get down to work. Lucky us: Both branches of our library offer the space, quiet, and textbooks to do just that. Even better, students can take the bus directly there right from school, ensuring no distractions like Facebook will first get in their way. Bus #12 goes to the Main Library, and bus #24 goes to the Fowler Branch. Any student wanting to take advantage of this opportunity does need to get a bus pass from the main office at their school, but once they have that, they’re good to go.
Hungering for a movie
The movie “The Hunger Games,” based on the popular teen book of the same name, just came out this past summer, but the library already has dibs on showing it to high school and middle school students. Not only that, it’s a whole event, with games, trivia, refreshments, and prizes for the best costume – yes, your teen is encouraged to channel their favorite character or some other Hunger Games paraphernalia, and get dressed up. The fun starts at 6 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 21, over at the Fowler branch, with the movie starting promptly at 7 p.m. Feel free to drop off your teen while you head out for your own good time, but just know that all teens need to be picked up no later than 9:30 p.m. Otherwise, the staff will have to lock them up with the books. Also, kids will not be allowed to leave the library without an approved adult to pick them up – we don’t want them wandering the streets on their own. Any questions, contact Karen Brown at email@example.com.
Speaking of costumes
Every fall, the Decibels Foundation hosts a Children’s Costume Party over at Codman Farm for the littlest set. There’s food, games, prizes, and even trick-or-treating. It’s so much fun for the kids, and the proceeds go to support this very worthy local charity and the deaf children and families that they serve. It takes place Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost is a mere $15 for one ticket, or $35 for the whole family – an excellent deal. To sign up, you can either mail a check payable to Decibels Foundation to 1269 Main Street, Concord – make sure to include details like your name, number of guests, and kids’ ages – or go here to sign up online. They need to hear from you by October 1, so don’t wait, do it now.
Have a teen who might be going on job interviews? Or a senior planning some college interviews? Want to teach them how to be their best selves? Dabblers is running an Interviewing Skills for Teens Workshop on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. They’ll get all the good info on how to dress and what to talk about, among other things. Cost is $59 – much cheaper than the therapy they’ll need when they don’t get that job they want – and to sign up, just go here.
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