Several free activities for children and young adults are offered now through December at the St. Helens Public Library, 375 S. 18th St. A schedule is listed below. Some activities require advance registration, or a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. For details, call 503-397-4544.
Ninja Night: 4 p.m., Wed, Sept. 19. Weapons talk and demonstration, crafts, and ninja snack; presented by library staff and Lewis Taekwondo; ages four and older.
Mini-Golf: 5:15 p.m., Fri, Sept. 28. Practice your putting skills in a librarian-made obstacle course fashioned from several stacks of books; for teens.
“Read for the Record”: 4 p.m., Thur, Oct. 4. A literacy event for children across the United States who pledge to read the same book, on the same day; local participants are invited to gather in the library auditorium and read “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” by David Soman and Jackie Davis; buggy costume craft, ladybug pencil giveaway and raffle for a professionally-made ladybug costume will follow; ages 3-8.
Monster Movies & Munchies: 3 p.m., Thur, Oct. 18. Scary movies and snacks; call for movie titles; ages 8 and younger admitted with a parent or legal guardian only; ages 10-14 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver at the door.
Dissection Juxtaposition: 4 p.m., Wed, Oct. 24. Library staff and volunteers dissect numerous vertebrate animals to explore what makes them tick and how they are similar to humans; ages five and older.
Fight Like a Girl: 4 p.m., Fri, Nov. 9. A self-defense class on how to avoid dangerous situations, what to do if a dangerous situation is unavoidable, and how to defend yourself if you are attacked; presented by library staff and a martial arts instructor from Lewis Taekwondo; girls and boys welcome; ages 10 and older.
Elephant & Piggie Day: 4 p.m., Thur, Nov. 15. A special story-time celebrating Mo Willems’ beloved picture book characters — Elephant and Piggie; book-related activities and picture-taking opportunities with story characters will follow; ages three and older.
Gingerbread, Juice and Jubilations: Sat, Dec. 15. 11 a.m., “The Gingerbread Man” puppet show with Penny’s Puppet Productions; ages three and older; 11:45 a.m., gingerbread man and woman decorating craft and apple cider; ages three and older; 2 p.m., “Wrap it Up!” basic gift-wrapping class for teens and adults; wrapping workshop will follow where participants can utilize library wrapping paper, ribbons, glitter and die-cutters to customize their gift-wrapping; limit three gifts a person; boxes not provided; registration is required for all three events.
Storytimes: Baby Lapsit, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays; ages six-months to two years. Toddler Storytime, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 2-3. Preschool Storyime, 11:15 a.m. Thursdays; ages 3-5. No storytime Nov. 21-23.