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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 where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful.

Freebies in the Desert–Part 1: Activities for Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

file3211347375852Everyone loves a good bargain, especially in our current economy, and there are some great activities available right here in the High Desert Community.  All of the activities featured in this article are provided through a very surprising place–your local branch of the San Bernardino County Library.  Before anyone groans, rolls their eyes, and moves on to something more exciting,  let me tell you that libraries have changed.  No longer are they only for students and intellects.  In fact, you might be surprised at just what goes on at our local libraries.

Do you have a child or grandchild between the ages of one and three years?  Are you looking for a program you can attend with your toddler that will allow you to interact in a fun environment, while focusing on developing gross motor and listening skills?  You might want to check out Tiny Hoppers or Toddler Boot Camp where the focus of the program is on developing gross motor and listening skills while having fun.   These programs promise singing, moving and  finger plays to keep the little ones interested.  They finish up each group with story time.   Toddler Boot Camp is held at the Apple Valley Branch Library on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.  Tiny Hoppers is held at the Adelanto Branch Library on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.

The Phelan Library has a Little Artist program for children aged zero to five years.   During this program, your burgeoning artist will make art projects that are sometimes messy but always fun.  This program is held on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.

If you share your life with a preschooler, there is preschool story time at almost every high desert library branch.    Story time is more than just someone reading a book–the library promises songs, rhymes and puppets, as well as the letter of the week which will introduce your preschooler to the letters of the alphabet as well as the sounds they make.  Preschool story time might just help to promote a love of reading in your child that will last his or her whole life.

According to the Library website, preschool story times are as follows:

Adelanto:  Thursday, all day

Apple Valley:  Thursday, 10:30 a.m.

Barstow:  Thursday, 10:45 a.m.

Hesperia:  Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.

For those who wish to instill both a lifelong love of books as well as good fitness habits, the library also offers Movers and Shakers for children ages three to five.  Each class has a story, as well as the letter of the day, and is filled with active songs and props.  The purpose of the course is to promote health through physical activity, develop gross motor skills, promote a sense of rhythm and improve body awareness as well as to help them learn how to follow directions and improve listening skills.  This program is held at the Hesperia Branch Library on Monday at 11:30 a.m. and at the Phelan Memorial Library on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

So gather up the preschoolers and toddlers in your life and head to the library.  You might just have some fun.

Come back next week for Part 2:  Activities for School Aged Children, Tweens, and Teens

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


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