Middle Grade Library Programs

The Alliance Public Library is currently closed to the public and all group events have been cancelled.

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Art Attack for Teens

The Alliance Public Library invites teens, grades 6 – 12 to upcycle an old painting into original art utilizing a salvaged piece of art and materials provided by the Library on Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room A.  Each participant will choose a painting purchased from a thrift store as a base.  They can then use the materials provided to create their own upcycled masterpiece.  Supplies included are lace, ribbon, yarn, paper, buttons, fabric scraps, beads, etc.  All tools needed will be supplied as well. 

All original art has been salvaged from thrift stores and is a great way to give them a new life rather than throwing them away, explained the Children and Youth Services Librarian Elaine Bleisch.  The workshop is free but teens are asked to register in advance as space is limited.

For more information, please contact Elaine Bleisch, Children and Youth Services Librarian at 762-1387.

Code Club

Children 8 and older (must be able to read and work independently) can learn to code while playing computer games! Research has shown that children learn these skills best by doing but are more likely to “do” in a group setting with peers. We will start out simple and children will work at their own pace but can actually learn to build their own video games and apps. This is an informal setting with an adult facilitator. Participants can bring their own laptops (recommended) and APL will provide some as well. Children must be able to read and work independently. Meets on most Thursdays in the library workroom from 3:45-5 p.m. Please watch the Alliance Public Library Facebook page for changes to the schedule.

  • March 19
  • March 26
  • April 2
  • April 9
  • April 16
  • April 23

Kids Crochet ­

Open to grades 5-12.

Learn to crochet, or work on a project in a social setting. Or learn an easy way to braid friendship bracelets, weave with a simple loom, or finger knit! We will use a combination of live instruction and Skillshare videos to learn new techniques. There is no charge to attend – the library can provide yarn, or you are welcome to bring your own. Participants are asked to bring their own crochet hooks. ­

Join us for the third Friday of the month any time between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

  • March 20
  • April 17

Adventure Book Club

Students in fourth-eighth grade are invited to join APL’s Adventure Book Club, where you don’t just read the adventure – you experience it! At our monthly meetings, the book discussion is enriched with an activity related to the book, such as survival scenarios, spy training, breakout boxes and live-action board games.

Books for each month will be available to check out from the library; some may also be available on Overdrive as ebooks or audiobooks.

Meetings will be on Fridays from 3:30-4:45 p.m. ­See the schedule below for dates:

  • September 6 ~ For the first meeting the children will receive the book Wildfire Run by Dee Gerretson
  • October 4 ~  Wildfire Run by Dee Gerretson
  • November 1 ~ Flora and Ulyssess: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo
  • December 6 ~ The House Without a Christmas Tree by Nebraska author Gail Rock
  • January 10 ~ Escaping The Giant Wave by Peg Kehret
  • February 14 ~ Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry
  • April 3 ~ Share your favorite books (may include an activity)

 For more information please contact Elaine Bleisch, the Children and Youth Services Librarian, at 762-1387.

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