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Ottumwa Public Library Stays Busy with Events for Kids & Adults

By Ellis Codjoe, December 07, 2017

(File photo) Staff at the Ottumwa Public Library stay busier than the average librarian, according to library Director Sonja Farrell.

She says the library’s staff, especially Youth Services Librarian Allyson Kirking, are currently busy planning several events geared toward children and adults for the upcoming school’s winter break.

Farrell says winter break events include a board game day, all day on December 26th and an extended drop-in Crafternoon on December 27th from 12:00 N – 5:00 P.M.

“The Recycled Robots event will return this year, it was very popular last year,” Farrell adds. Recycled Robots allows kids to build decorative robots using nothing more than recycled material and their own imagination. All ages are welcome to the Thursday, December 28th event, which runs from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.

“We’ll also be doing a comedy magic show this year with Steven Parker,” she says. The “Fun Factory” magic show will be on Friday, December 29th at 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.

Other upcoming events include Drop-in Crafternoon, each Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 P.M., Family Movie Night showing ‘Despicable Me 3’ this evening, Thursday, December 7th starting at 5:00 P.M., Music by Hugo Kringle, Santa’s Little Brother on Wednesday, December 13th starting at 5:00 P.M. and Lego Club meeting on Friday, December 15th at 2:30 P.M.

“We’ve noticed a huge increase in traffic, especially after 1 o’clock on Fridays, since the schools have started releasing students early on every Friday,” Farrell told Ottumwa Radio News.

“The staff is always trying to see what will draw in the kids and especially the teenagers,” Farrell adds. “We really excited by how many teens came to the Halloween lock in this year.”

She says that all events are free and all December events will be held at the library.

“kids under nine should be accompanied by an adult. We’ve found that if you create that love of reading young, it will stay with them for life,” Farrell adds. “When they come in and they’re not just getting shushed, when they see they can have fun here, they will want to come back.”

A full listing of upcoming events can be found here.

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