By Alyssa Green
As usual, there are some fabulous programs happening at our many Sacramento Public Libraries this month! Although I have just mentioned them here, the “big” happenings are St. Patrick’s Day, Hunger Games and Tech Week activities so you’ll want to check with your local library to get a list of all of the wonderful events for kids and families going on.
3/2 Kids Money Management Class – school-age program – Join Girl Scout Troop 117 as they learn money management skills from Karyn Hodgens of Kidnexions Education Company. This program is intended for children ages 6-12. Belle Cooledge, 5-6pm.
3/2 Dr. Seuss Party with NFL player –family program – Celebrate the 108th birthday of author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, with an afternoon of fun family activities! Festivities include: Read to a Dog, visit with Scooter the Safety Dog, fun crafts, face Painting, balloon Animals with Just for Fun and refreshments.
At 3:30 pm NFL player Lance Briggs, a graduate of Elk Grove High School, will read his favorite Dr. Seuss story. Elk Grove Library, 1-5pm.
3/8 – Catch a Leprechaun – school-age program – Kids ages 5- 12, are invited to join us in making their own leprechaun traps. We’ll use a variety of materials to create a trap that will capture the wiliest and most elusive of leprechauns! Framlin Library, 4-5pm.
3/8 – Recycled Tech workshop – teen program – Calling all technophiles, retro-lovers, geeks, and budding inventors! We’re going to tear it down and make something new. The idea: we dismantle obsolete technology and re-form it into funky retro fashion or a miraculous new invention. Teen Tech Week program. Mckinley Library, 3-4pm.
3/8 – How to be a Ninja – teen program – Perfect your ninja skills. Don’t miss the world premier of the teen created video “How to be a Ninja at your Library”. Watch the video and chat with the teen stars. Geek out at your library for Teen Tech Week. North Natomas Library, 4-5pm.
3/9 – Hunger Games Party – teen program – The “Hunger Games” movie makes its debut on March 23rd — join us for a pre-release party, including “Hunger Games Jeopardy”…and may the odds be ever in your favor. Fair Oaks Library, 4-5:30pm.
3/9 – Retro Gaming – teen program – Ever wonder what gaming was like before Wii, Nintendo DSi, and CD-ROMs? Bill Kendrick, software developer and gaming enthusiast, brings you some of the very first gaming systems to play with–so old, they’re new! For comparison, you can also play Wii on our flat-screen TV! Rio Linda Library, 3-5pm.
3/10 – Radical Reptiles – school-age program –Are reptiles really that different from us? Some really cool critters (snakes, lizards and turtles) will teach kids about the important jobs they do and what we can do to help them. Our scaly relatives will dispel myths and misconceptions kids learn about these gentle animals. Courtland Library, 1-2pm.
3/14 – Irish Music with the Caslin Brothers and The Blackbird – family program – The young Caslin Brothers, Patrick and Seamus, are students of traditional Irish Music. They will play their small repertoire. Next, The Blackbird, a local Irish band, will entertain with some fiddlin’, toe tappin’ music. If you are talented and like to entertain, share your own party piece afterwards! McClatchy Library, 6-7:30pm.
3/24 – Jonathan the Magician and his Magic Birds – school-age program – See the amazing magic of Jonathon Lopez. Meet several of his magic birds along this magical journey and learn how to care for and train these special animals. Orangevale Library, 11am-12pm.