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Freebies in the Desert–Part 3: Activities for Adults

file7811233877830The previous posts in this series have focused on some of the free activities that are available in our local branches of the San Bernardino County Library for children and teens, but the library has many activities for adults as well.  These activities are more than just the expected book club or guest lecture.  There are many opportunities for adults to have some fun, too.  The activities offered at our different library branches include craft classes, music lessons, as well as club meetings.  What follows are just a few of the activities for adults that are available at the library.

Adult Book Club:  Get together with a group of bibliophiles to read and discuss selected books.

Meeting Times:  Third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m at the Apple Valley Branch Library, the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m at the Barstow Branch Library, the last Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m at the Lucerne Valley Library, and the third Tuesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at the Phelan Memorial Library.

Adult Craft:  This is an opportunity to get together with other crafters and socialize while working on the latest craft project.  The projects change regularly, so you should check with the library to find out what the latest project is.

Meeting Times:  Mondays at 4:00 p.m. at the Hesperia Branch Library, the Adult Drop-In Craft at the Phelan Memorial Library is every day, all day, when the library is open.

Basic Computer Class: The class covers basics such as how to use the computer (keyboard, mouse, etc.) and introduces participants to word, excel, and how to use the internet and email.

Offered:  Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Adelanto Branch Library, and Tuesday at 12:00p.m at the Lucerne Valley Branch Library.

Citizenship:  This class is held Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at the Adelanto Branch Library and provides information to those who are interested in becoming a US citizen.  This program covers the process of becoming a citizen as well as application help.  There will be some instruction in  U.S. history and civics along with testing tips and practice tests.   They even help with preparation for your citizenship interview.

Literacy Tutor Training:  This is where literacy volunteers go to get started.   For more information about adult literacy check out the post entitled “Learn to Read.”

Offered:  February 20, 2014 at 4:00 p.m at the Adelanto Branch Library and on February 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Apple Valley Branch Library.

Music Lessons:  Every Saturday at 2:00pm, there are free music lessons in an introduction to orchestra at the Apple Valley Branch Library.  This group is open to people ages 4 to 104.

Threads:  This group focuses on needle crafting including knitting and crochet.  The group is there to help people improve their skill (or develop a skill), and they focus on both individual projects as well as group projects to donate to local charities.

Meeting Times:  The first Thursday and the fourth Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at the Apple Valley Branch Library and  the fourth Monday of the Month at 12:30 p.m. at the Phelan Memorial Library.

Volunteer Orientation:  If you love to read, want to give back to your community or are just looking for something to do in your spare time, you can volunteer at your local library.  There are several volunteer orientations coming up over the next 30 days to help instruct volunteers on what their duties include.

Offered:  February 15, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at the Apple Valley Branch Library; February 15, 2014, 3:00p.m., at the Barstow Branch Library; and February 22, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at the Adelanto Branch Library. 

These are just a few of the adult activities available at your local Libraries, and they are all free.  Many of these programs are provided  through the generosity of volunteers.  Participating in activities in the places where we live helps us get to know our neighbors better and can help promote a sense of community.  Check out the San Bernardino County Library’s website to find out the latest courses and events that are available and join in the fun.

**Patti can also be found at PattyCakesPantry.com where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful.

Freebies in the Desert–Part 2: Activities for School Aged Children, Tweens, and Teens.

SONY DSCPart one of this series focused on some of the many activities that are available for toddlers and preschoolers at our local branches of the San Bernardino County Library.  This installment will provide information about what activities are available for the older children in our lives.

School age children, six to eleven years, might enjoy story time where songs, rhymes, and puppets accompany some amazing stories.  Story time is good fun for the whole family.  Story times are Wednesday, 3:00 p.m., at the Lucerne Valley Branch Library, and Monday, 11:30 a.m., at the Phelan Memorial Library.

The Construction Zone provides an opportunity for your school age child to build some amazing projects such as paper airplanes or Lego cities.  The construction projects are sometimes done individually, sometimes as a group, and sometimes in teams.  No matter how they are done, they’re sure to be fun.  The Construction Zone is held on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Hesperia Branch Library and Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Phelan Memorial Library.

The Hesperia Branch Library also hosts Game Time on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.  This is a fun opportunity for school aged children to get together with other children and play games.  Whether they are playing group participation games, video games, or board games, your kids are sure to have a blast.

The San Bernardino County Library also has programs for teens.  There’s the Teen Movie program held on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. at the Apple Valley Branch Library, where teens can get together with their friends to watch a movie.  If your teen is more hands on and likes to make things, there is the Teen Craft program where teens have an opportunity to make a different project each week.  The Teen Craft  program is held on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Phelan Memorial Library and Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at the Barstow Branch Library.

Did you know that there are free tutoring services available at the Apple Valley Branch Library?   If your teen is a good student looking for a way to give back to their community by helping others, there is the Teen Tutoring program available through the Apple Valley Branch Library.  Teens tutor students aged 8 to 18 years old in math and English.  If your child is struggling with these subjects, it’s good to know that there’s somewhere  he or she can go to get help.  Tutoring and tutor training is provided by appointment only.  For more information about the tutoring program, contact Shannon, at the Apple Valley Branch Library (760) 247-2022.

Come back next week for Part 3:  Activities for Adults

**Patti can also be found at PattyCakesPantry.com where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful.

 

 

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