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Alva Public Library to offer new online programs, Tai Chi for seniors


December 25, 2022

A display in the Alva Public Library shows the design concept for the Hatfield Aquatic Center to replace the old swimming pool.

When the kids are stuck inside during bad weather or you need a craft idea for a club meeting, the Alva Public Library has ideas for you. Beginning on Jan. 6, the library will offer Creativebug, an application that's packed with all kinds of ideas. Simply sign in on the library website, download the app, and enjoy hours and hours of creative fun.

Creativebug streams thousands of art and craft classes. There are ideas for sewing, quilting, crocheting, crafts and art. You'll even find food ideas. You can download patterns, templates and recipes. Projects themed to holidays or seasons, projects for all ages, the ideas seem unending. Creativebug is also a community of creators you can connect with through galleries and forums.

Watch the library's website for your chance to get involved beginning Jan. 6. The library is paying for this subscription so you can get it free through them.

Beanstalk Begins Jan. 9

Another new program is set to go live in January. Beanstalk will be available starting Jan. 9. This free online service promotes reading 1,000 books before kindergarten. There are other suggestions, contests and incentives to promote reading. The program includes easy logging of books to track your progress. It also has programs for adults so you'll want to check it out on the Alva Public Library website.

Check New Website Page

Until those programs open on the library's website, you're invited to check out their new page. When you access the Alva Public Library (through the city's website at you'll be invited to click on a link to see their new page. You'll find lots of helpful information, links to sites that might interest you, and highlighted books and scheduled programs.

Tai Chi Classes

The library will also be bringing back the popular adult Tai Chi class beginning in January. The six week program is recommended for seniors, age 55 and up, but they're unlikely to turn you away if you're a bit younger. Tai Chi helps seniors reduce the risk of falling while increasing balance and flexibility. The program will begin Jan. 9 and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 p.m. through Feb. 15. Registration is not required but you're encouraged to call the library at 580-327-1833 to guarantee a place in the classes. Flyers are available at the library to provide more information.

Ongoing Programs

The Alva Public Library continues to host Lego Day every first and third Monday of the month. The popular activity allows participants to build whatever they wish.

Little Explorers is held every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. at the library. The preschoolers attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Activity days are scheduled every Tuesday after school. There are also computers available for coding after school.

Holiday Pop-Up Book Sale

Throughout the year, the library accepts donations of books. If the book is a duplicate or doesn't fit into their collection, it's set aside for book sales. Throughout the year, the library has some book sale shelves with books pre-priced.

This year the library decided to hold a pop-up book sale during the holiday season. The books are set up on tables in the lobby of the library and are being sold by donation. Library Director Sandra Ott said the book sale will continue until the middle of January.

Watchguard Filtering

The library uses filtering software to prevent sites from being accessed on the public library computers. Since Gov. Kevin Stitt has stated that Tik Tok must be blocked from all government devices, the library has added this blocking to the library computers. Some of the library's computers were bought using state aid.

December Meeting

All library board members were present for the December meeting on Monday, Dec. 19. A catered holiday meal was enjoyed before the business meeting was held.

Ott reported the library is getting busier with activities and meetings. There were from 12 to 20 kids attending the weekly activity day events in November. The Lego Day was attended by 12 kids. Little Explorers had nine kids with six adults to begin November. By the end of the month, they had 19 kids and eight adults.

Board members were curious about an Ambassador Mafia game night listed in activities. Ott explained the library ambassadors who are middle school and high school volunteers gathered to play the Mafia card game. She commented they are hoping to train the Ambassadors to lead some of the youth activities.


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