Af­ter school is cool at the li­brary

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En­ter­tain­ing chil­dren af­ter a school day doesn’t need to be a chal­lenge. While many peo­ple head to the li­brary dur­ing school hol­i­days, they may not be aware there are also free af­ter-school pro­grammes dur­ing the school term.

Ev­ery Wed­nes­day at Palmer­ston North’s Cen­tral Li­brary, hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties are on of­fer for those aged seven years and above. The Li­brary’s pro­grammes team de­liver cap­ti­vat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties where chil­dren can make, cre­ate, con­struct and ex­press them­selves with hands-on arts, crafts and tech­nol­ogy. Each week they can take part in a dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­ity while mak­ing new con­nec­tions with oth­ers the same age. While they are there, they can also grab them­selves some books, puz­zles or DVDs for the week. These ac­tiv­i­ties run from 3.30pm–5pm.

Those at­tend­ing in­ter­me­di­ate schools of­ten feel a lit­tle left out as many af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties cater for younger chil­dren, so once a month the Cen­tral Li­brary runs an Af­ter­noon Tween Time. Yes, there is ac­tu­ally some af­ter­noon tea, but just for tweens aged 10-12 years. They also get to en­joy new friend­ships, be in­spired with new ac­tiv­i­ties and chal­lenges. In Au­gust this is be­ing held on Au­gust 30 from 3.30pm-5pm.

Youth Space in Cole­man Mall is the go-to place for those aged 13 years+. In very cool sur­round­ings they can en­ter­tain them­selves with ac­tiv­i­ties such as ta­ble ten­nis, con­sole games, mu­sic equip­ment and young adult lit­er­a­ture. They also run a wide va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the week, in­clud­ing Satur­days. Their team en­sure things run smoothly and it’s a safe, se­cure place for teenagers to hang out. Call in some time to check them out.

If you live near Roslyn, then head to the Roslyn Li­brary on Thurs­days af­ter school. Youth­line help run an af­ter­school arts pro­gramme at the Roslyn Li­brary on Thurs­days from 3pm–4.30pm for those aged five and above. The Lego sta­tion is a pop­u­lar spot at Palmer­ston North’s Cen­tral Li­brary which of­fers hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter school ev­ery Wed­nes­day.

Check out the Palmer­ston North Li­brary’s ‘new look’ web­site for de­tails on all their events: www.cityli­brary.pncc.govt.nz.

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