What do you do when the kids have a whole week off of school in the middle of winter? Head to the library, of course! We’ve got fun programs scheduled the entire winter break featuring performances, parties, movies and more. Check out the complete list at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or pick up a flyer at the library.
A dragon’s tale
The fun starts Monday, Feb. 18, with a special storytelling event for all ages. In “Bawshou and the Water Dragon,” storytellers Bells & Motley, the husband and wife team of Sondra Bromka and John Bromka, present a traditional Chinese tale of wonder and adventure through costume, dance and music performed on authentic Chinese instruments. The interactive storytelling vividly brings to life the tale of a young boy who bravely sets out to rescue the Sun from its imprisonment by a powerful dragon. With the help of a magic Phoenix, Bawshou must complete three great challenges.
The library will be hosting two performances of “Bawshou and the Water Dragon,” one at 11 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m., along with special participation workshops for children before each show. The event is part of the Ann Seegal Memorial Storytelling series that brings top-level storytelling performances to Bethlehem Public Library. Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
Children in grades 2-8 can also be part of the performance by taking part in a workshop to learn how to play the instruments and manipulate some of the props in the show. Workshops are limited to 15 participants. Sign up online or call.
And so much more
The busy February vacation week continues with the following activities for kids:
Super Smash Afternoon
Friday, Feb. 15:
Join your friends to play Super Smash Bros. on the WiiU, 3:30-4:30 p.m. For grades 6-12.
Tuesday, Feb. 19: Join us for unicorn stories and a craft, then decorate your own magical cupcake, 11 a.m. OR 2:30 p.m. Each child must be registered individually; please sign up for only one session. For kids and family.
Wednesday, Feb. 20:
Shape biscuit dough into a yummy treat and watch a classic Stone Soup tale while they bake. When the biscuits are done, enjoy them with some vegetable soup, 2 p.m. Please bring a canned vegetable or soup for the local food pantry. For kids and family. Sign up online or call.
Kids Builder Association
Thursday Feb. 21:
Build your own fun with Legos, Snap Circuits, K’nex, blocks, puzzles, origami and more, 10 a.m. For kids and family.
Family Book Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 21: “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”
Read E.L. Konigsburg’s classic tale and then join in a family discussion, 2 p.m. For kids and family.
Friday, Feb. 22: No-Sew Caterpillar and Story
Listen to a story about a caterpillar, then make your own cuddly caterpillar to keep, 10:30-11:15 a.m. For kids and family. Sign up online or call; each child must be registered individually.
Friday, Feb. 22: A yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist (PG, 96 min., Warner Bros.), 2:30 p.m.
— Kristen Roberts