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Finger painting, Plug & Play to be held at library

November 6, 2018
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

There are some great interactive programs gearing up for the month of November at East County Regional Library for youth and their families.

Something Head of Youth Services Angela Hall is excited about is the program, "Finger Painting: A Lost Art Found." The program is being held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, for grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and again from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 24, for grades kindergarten through fifth. Parents are invited to join the fun with their kids.

"I'm really corky in my nerdy sort of way," Hall said. "Finger painting was so much fun and I remember how relaxing it was."

She said laughing, that she bought a little apron, so she will be completely ready for the mess of the fun project.

Hall encourages parents to bring their child in an old T-shirt that they do not mind getting a little messy.

A program being offered for high school students, ninth through twelfth grade, is "Plug & Play: Hip-Hop Beat Mixing" with Jameson Miles from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. Registration is not required for the program, but seating is limited.

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"He is a resident of Lehigh Acres. It's his way of giving back and giving the kids options for career choices," Hall said. "That is what we want to be able to do, give them options to consider for a career."

Miles will talk about music production, the history of hip-hop and the recording industry, as well as learning the tools for recording. Hall said he will bring the equipment and participants will learn to mix beats.

"They are going to be working together, collaborating," Hall said because collaboration is a huge part of the music industry. "He is taking a six-week program and consolidating it into a three hour session."

In January they will offer a vision board program for high school students to help them set goals for themselves, things that are achievable, and they can start working towards now.

"I'm excited about building the relationships with them and reaching out to the schools and sharing the programs we have," Hall said. "It's about community, building that community and supporting each other."

Another positive change to take place in January stems around baby rhyme time, toddler, preschool and family storytime.

"In January we will be changing those up to an hour long session," Hall said. "We are going to add hands-on crafting and socialization with the kids and the parents."

In addition, two bilingual family storytimes will be added to the schedule. All family storytimes will be held on Saturdays, so both moms and dads can attend.

"We know the community we serve and we want to be as inclusive as we can be. Family time is for everyone," Hall said.

East County Regional Library is located at 881 Gunnery Road. For more information, call (239) 533-4200.



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