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The Buena Vista Public Library will be offering more in-person events for all ages in April, with classic youth programs and adult art classes taking the lead. It’s been a long two years of remote or no access due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the staff is excited to welcome students and adults back for in-person programming.

Youth Programs

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Destination Storytime: Fading West (Gregg Drive)
Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: All Ages
On the first Friday of every month, Story Time travels to special locations! Explore and meet local experts who will share their favorite read-aloud stories with us. This month, Destination Storytime is at Fading West.

Art for Kids!—Weekly
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: Ages 4 to 6
Paint, cut, collage, and create! Wear your get-messy clothes. This special ten-week art class series builds kids’ fine motor skills and expression.

Animal Crackers—Weekly
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: Ages 2 to 5
The Salida Circus leads this movement program to help kids build gross motor, fine motor, and social-emotional skills.

Reading to Rover—Weekly
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Audience: All Ages
Reading to dogs can boost reading skills in children while also supporting social and emotional skills. Any reading level or age is welcome. To sign up, please call 719-395-8700.

Wiggles & Giggles—Weekly
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: 0 to 5 years old
Unstructured, free play and socialization for little ones and caregivers.

Alphabet Story Time—Weekly
Date: Every Friday (except First Fridays)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: Ages 2 to 5, siblings welcome
Each week we focus on one letter with stories and a craft to learn our alphabet, building a personal letter book to take home.

Music for Kids!—Weekly
Date: Every Friday
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Audience: Age 4 to 6 years old
A special series to get kids clapping, singing, and stomping their feet!

Teen Programs

Coding Club
Date: Every Friday
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Audience: Teens
Learn from fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through activities, and develop skills to build animations, games, apps, and more!

CPR and First Aid
Date: April 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. (1hr. lunch break)
Audience: 14+
Training provided by the Chaffee County Fire Department. Get CPR/First Aid certified in this course! Registration is required and will be limited to nine participants.

Adult Programs

Making it Friday
Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Craft: Stamped Ceramics
Decorate clay and mold clay trinket dishes.

Qigong Class
Date: Monday, April 4 and April 18
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Qigong (pronounced: ‘chee gong’) involves coordinated, slow-flowing movement, deep breathing, and a meditative state of mind.

Within Our Range
Date: Thursday, April 7
Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual on Zoom
Within Our Range, offered in partnership with GARNA and the Buena Vista and Salida Public Libraries, meets quarterly at different locations to study literature related to our relationship to the Earth. This month’s book is Where the Water Goes, by David Owen. More meeting information is available online.

Ukulele Jam
Date: Monday, April 11 and April 25
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Begin your musical adventures with the ukulele, or expand your repertoire with new songs in English and Hawaiian. This class is for all ukulele lovers. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from us.

The Artist’s Palette: New Art Skills for Adults
Date: Wednesday, April 20th
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Skill: Beaded bracelets
Registration Recommended. Design and make beautiful beaded bracelets inspired by Mexican Huichol bead art.

Mother! The Story of Mary Harris Jones
Date: Saturday, April 23
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Union organizer, rabble-rouser and child rights advocate, Mary Harris Mother Jones was only 10 years old when she left famine-stricken Ireland. Overcoming inconceivable personal tragedy, Mary Jones dedicated her life to serving the sick and fighting for fair labor laws to become one of the most influential political activists in the United States. This one-woman play stars the incomparable Jan Justis!

More information about the library’s programs and events can be found on their website, www.buenavistalibrary.org.

BVPL April Calendar. Courtesy of the Buena Vista Public Library.