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January - March 2011     VOLUME 15 ISSUE 1
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Leesburg Youth Services Presents

Claudia Procko

The Youth Services Department of the Leesburg Public Library continues with its busy schedule for the new year. We have a variety of programs for all ages and interests. We would like to welcome as Youth Services Supervisor, Ms. Alicisa Nelson, who began her new job at the end of December and hit the ground running. We are confident that Alicisa will bring a fresh perspective to the library and will greatly enhance the Youth Services Area.

One of the many programs hosted by the Leesburg Public Library will be on Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. Adam Miller is a “Legendary Folksinger, Storyteller, and Autoharp Virtuoso” who will present his history through music. This program is for all ages and open to the public.

The Youth Department continues with its strong Toddler Program, ages 6 months through 4 years, on Thursday mornings from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. Our volunteer mother, Miss Michelle gets everyone involved with stories, finger play, songs, make a memory days, and crafts. Once a month the Big Blue Bus visits the library during the morning session. The Big Blue Bus is part of the Early Literacy Coalition and the children are always excited when it visits with its crafts, games, books and activities. New in 2011 will be an afternoon visit of the Big Blue Bus geared toward our Pre-Kinder and Kinder patrons. This program will be held once a month on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Story time for young children ages 4 and up is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Miss Penny reads stories and does crafts with our growing group of participants. The older children are not left out. Tween Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. finds children ages 8-12 working on crafts, watching movies, or playing Wii and board games. Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.are for our Teens. Miss Sandy plans many interesting programs based on teen suggestions. They make crafts, watch movies and anime, and also have a game day. On Thursday afternoon we have several programs for all age groups. Crafty kids, PAWS therapy dogs and our newly formed LEGO club are very popular activities.

Leesburg Public Library will host the YA event for the Festival of Reading this year. "Murder in the Library" will include the very popular 12th annual Bookmark Design Contest Awards and Eustis High School will present Murdered to Death, a hilarious spoof of the best of Agatha Christie. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting program.

Even though the new year is just beginning, the youth department is planning this year’s summer activities. With a travel based theme “One World, Many Stories” we hope to provide our youth patrons with a glimpse into the world wide vision of reading. Several very popular acts have been booked. Page Turner Adventures, Katie Adams Theater and Tampa Taiko Japanese Culture (drummers) have been placed on our summer calendar. June 13 is the kick-off date for the summer reading program. Please plan to sign up your children!

For additional information about all our programs, please visit the library’s website