There were plenty of fun reading programs and activities at the Wichita Falls Public Library planned in January for children, teenagers, and adults. Midwestern State University Continuing Education also offered three activities for adults. There were some that that went beyond January. Registration information for these classes and others were at the end of this article.
- Wed., January 2-February 28 Winter Reading for Children Teens and Adults The Winter Reading Program started January 2 and lasted until February 28. To participate, children needed to read 3 books, log their books online at www.wfpl.net, and then come to the Youth Desk to claim their prize; one prize per person. The library also offered a teen and adult reading program.
- Tuesdays starting January 8 Preschool Story time was designed for children aged 3 to 5, although younger kids were welcome to attend. During this story time, several picture books were read, rhymes were sung, movement activities were done, played games, and had the occasional puppet show!
- Wednesdays starting January 9 Toddler Time at 10:30-11 a.m. in the Activity Room. Due to popular demand, the Wichita Falls Public Library will offered a story time designed specifically for toddlers aged 14 months to 35 months. Toddler Time will start on January 9 and run until February 13. During this half an hour long story time, the focus was on rhymes, movement activities, and a few toddler-appropriate books were read.
- Thursdays starting January 10 Babygarten at 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Activity Room.The library’s very popular Babygarten program returned on January 10 and ran until February 14. Babygarten was a program designed for our littlest patrons, babies aged 2 months to 14 months and their caregivers. During this program, they sing rhymes, read board books, had a free play period, and made a simple, baby-appropriate craft.
- Tuesday, Jan 8 and Jan 22 Youth Crafts at 4-5 p.m. in the Activity Room. Children aged 2 to 10 were invited into the Activity Room any time during the hour to make a fun craft and take it home. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Tuesday, Jan 8 and Jan 22 Tales for Tails at 4-5 p.m. in the Activity Room. Children were invited into the Activity Room any time during the hour to read to a trained dog and its certified owner. This program helped support literacy by giving children practice reading out loud. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
MSU Continuing Education classes were for those wanting to learn something different, not covered by a college degree plan. One never knew when sign language was needed or the ability of drawing in chalk pastels came in handy or knowing the struggle for independence in a foreign country.
- Mondays, Jan. 14-Mar. 4 Beginning Sign Language This study was for those who had little or no background in sign language. The class, was from 7-8:30 p.m. and cost $70. There were eight sessions with the instructor, Kathy Peterson
- Thur., Jan 31 Pastel Drawing Class Join us for an evening of drawing fun as budding artists explored the medium of chalk pastels. Every level of artist welcome! The class met from 6-8 p.m. at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU and cost $40. Materials were provided This class was taught by Crimson Pitts
- Tue., Feb.19 Foreign Film: Albert Nobbs, (2011) presented by Dr. Donnie Kirk Albert Nobbs struggled to survive in late 19 century Ireland where women weren’t encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she could work as a butler in Dublin’s most posh hotel, Albert met a handsome painter and looked to escape the lie she had been living. Rated R. The film started at 7 p.m. at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU and was free, but donations were welcomed.
For additional information about the Wichita Falls Public Library activities, please check with the Circulation Desk, go to wfpl.net, or call 767-0868. To register for Continuing Education classes, visit or call Midwestern State University The Center for Continuing Education located in Wichita Falls, Texas at (940) 397-4307. Register on line here. See more upcoming Continuing Education courses in the Spring catalog here www.mwsu.edu/conted