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HOURS Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 am - 7 pm Friday 9 am - 5 pm Saturday 10 am - 2 pm Upgrading - Temporary Interruption of Services On the morning of February 9, our library will be having an upgrade done to our system. Our catalog will be down during this time, as well as electronic resources like Libby, Overdrive, Hoopla, and databases. Hopefully, we will be up and running within a few hours. Thank you for your patience! New Releases Recommended: 2/7: Code Name Sapphire - P. Jenoff Looking for Jane - H. Marshall The Spite House - J. Compton Stealing - M. Verble 2/14: If a Poem Could Love and Breathe - M. Calvi The Last Orphan - G. Hurwitz Stone Cold Fox - R. Croft Varina Palladino's Jersey Italian Love Story - T. Defino 2/21: Arch-conspirator - V. Roth Every Man a King - W. Mosley It's One of Us - J. Ellison The Librarian of Burned Books - B. Labuskes 2/28: Device Free Weekend - S. Doolittle Homestead - M. Moustakis Never, Never - C. Hoover Our Readers Recommended:

Foster - C. Keegan The Rose Code - K. Quinn CHILDREN Baby Bookworms Storytime for children from birth to 24 months and their caregiver, Wednesdays 10:30 -11:00 am. Enjoy great books for babies, learn fun songs and rhymes, and meet other families in your neighborhood. Caregivers stay with children during all sessions. These sessions involve caregivers as active participants. Registration requested; you may register when you attend a session. Toddler Time for ages 24 months - 36 months and their caregivers Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:00 am. We will read a story of two and do fun activities each program. These sessions involve parents as active participants. Parents/caregivers stay with children during all sessions. This program involves messy fun; dress accordingly. Registration requested; you may register when you attend a session. Preschool Storytimes for 3 - 5 year olds including kindergartners Thursdays 10:30 - 11:00 am. We play games, sing songs, hear stories, and share laughs. Registration requested; you may register when you attend a session. Parents are not required to stay in the room during storytime. *While the recommended ages are listed in the above children’s program descriptions, please know they are a guide, and that your child(ren) may continue in the program they started in the fall even if they have a birthday during the course of the program season (September-April). We want your child to be comfortable and confident in a developmental stage-appropriate program. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Welch or Cathy Ruth. We would be happy to talk with you and help in any way we can. Storytime Superstars Come to preschool storytime and get a stamp. When you have 10 stamps on your Storytime Superstar card, you will earn a free book. Family Interactive Movie Night Beginning Wednesday, February 1, request a Toy Story movie kit, which contains props to make your movie night interactive! You may stream the movie or request a copy of the movie from the library. You may ask for a kit at the front desk. Kits are

packed for a family of four (while supplies last). Take and Make kits for kids: Birdfeeder kits will be available on Wednesday, February 1 (while supplies last). We will supply a cardboard tube, yarn, and birdseed. You supply a type of nut butter. Feed your feathered friends. Stuffed Animal Sleepover (3 years - grade 1) Friday, February 3 from 4:00 - 4:30 pm Bring your favorite stuffed animal (just one, please) to the library for a sleepover! Please drop off your stuffed animal between 4:00 and 4:30 pm on Friday, February 3. On Saturday, February 4 (between 10 am and 2 pm) pick up your stuffed animal and see what kind of mischief your little buddy got into at the library after dark. Required registration begins Monday, January 23. Make Valentines Cards (pre-K - grade 5) Drop in after school from 3:30-4:30 pm on Tuesday, February 7 and make a Valentine Card. Miss Kathleen will have cards, stickers, and other craft supplies for you to make a card to give to someone special! We will also be making cards to send to our friends at Quaker Heights. No registration required. Visit Tape Town Geared for ages 2 - 6 years with an adult. Stop in anytime Saturday, February 11 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm to zoom around Tape Town. Bring your own handheld car or truck to drive along our tape roads with many stops along the way. No registration required. Lego Fun (grades 1 - 5) Join us Tuesday, February 14 from 6:00 – 6:45 pm. We supply Legos of all sizes to

build a creation based on a theme. You supply your imagination! Registration required beginning Monday, January 30. This program is limited to 20. Art class for kids (grades K - 5) Join us Monday, February 13th from 4:15-5:00 pm for a fun art class. Registration required beginning Tuesday, January 31. All materials will be supplied. This class is a collaboration with the Waynesville Arts Council. NEW!! Family Storytime - Moving and Grooving (toddlers & preschool) Friday, February 17 from 4:00-4:30 pm. Meet and connect with other families in our community during Family Storytime. We will have music, stories, finger plays, and more to promote early literacy. For families who have children at different ages and stages. No registration required. Chapters Book Club (grades 1 and 2) This group will read one short chapter book a month, and then discuss the book, author, and do activities associated with the book. The Chapters Book Club next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14 from 4:00 - 4:45 pm. This class is currently full. For more information, contact Miss Kathleen at welchka@marylcook.com. Rapid Readers Book Club (grades 3 – 5) We will meet on Tuesday, February 21 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm. We discuss books, play games, try out creative writing, and enjoy a light snack. This group is currently full. For more information, contact Miss Kathleen at welchka@marylcook.com. Look Who’s Reading Book Club (grade K) will meet on Tuesday, February 21 from 6:00 - 6:30 pm. The group engages in a variety of fun learning activities featuring phonics, writing of letters and words, and many other skills that promote a strong literacy foundation. For more information, contact Miss Cathy at ruthca@marylcook.com. Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Parents, you may now log your child’s books for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten through our READsquared program. Parents: You can create an account for yourself first and then you can add additional accounts for each of your children. That way you will have the ability to easily monitor your child's activity without having to log in as each child. Go to http://mlcooklibrary.readsquared.com to register yourself and your child. If you have previously registered for our program and are tracking your child’s reading on a

paper log, contact Kathleen Welch, welchka@marylcook.com, to have previously read books transferred to the website. If you would prefer to continue to log your child’s reading on a paper log, please continue to do so. Imagination Library Help us give every child in Warren County the gift of a free book every month! Talk to your friends and family and share our posts. Register at ohioimaginationlibrary.org. If you need assistance in registering your child, please contact us for help. The goal of the Warren County Imagination Library is "Every Child Reads Every Day", and to help achieve that goal, the five Warren County libraries are funding a three-year pilot program to provide a free book each month to Warren County children from birth to age five. The Warren County Imagination Library is a community effort of founding partners: FranklinSpringboro Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Mary L. Cook Public Library, Mason Public Library, Salem Township Public Library, United Way of Warren County, and Warren County Foundation, with support from The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library and Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Waynesville Food Pantry Help support our local food pantry. Gather your donations and drop them off at MLC. Items needed: peanut butter, canned soup, individual fruit cups, tuna, canned chicken, and granola bars. ADULT Mini-Canvas Art Display Through the month of February, stroll into the library to view your neighbors' artwork inspired by our mini-canvases! A variety of media have been used to create ingenious pieces of all types. Ukulele Classes Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, February 1 - March 29 Join our free ukulele classes. You will not need a ukulele to start; the library has some to

TEEN Wednesdays After School at the Library, 3 - 4 pm (grades 6-12): Come in Wednesdays for games, snacks, and fun! lend and our instructor also has some to borrow. It is not necessary to read music. We recommend that you bring a music stand and a binder for music. Previous and new ukulele players are welcome; however, children 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Sign-ups begin Monday, January 16 (call 513-897-4826). Questions? Email Mark Reinemann at Mreinemann2@yahoo.com. The Mind-Life Project will be held Saturday, February 4 at 10 am. If you are interested in better understanding how the mind creates both peace and pain, come join us for a lively and fun discussion. Rootfinders Rootfinders will be held Saturday, February 11 at 10 am. We will have a program on American Indian schools in the United States. Adult Valentine Take and Make (ages 16 and up) Beginning Tuesday, January 31, drop in and pick up a Valentine’s Day card kit. The kit includes 2 cards, scrapbook paper, and embellishments. You supply scissors, tape or glue, and creativity! One kit per person, while supplies last. Puzzle Swap/Puzzle Table Ask a staff member to show you our puzzle swap area near the Large Print book section. Take a puzzle, leave a puzzle. We have several puzzles available for you to look through to borrow one. If you want to rotate your puzzle collection, bring one in and take one out. No checking out! We also currently have a puzzle available for you to sit down and work on while visiting here at the library.