Library Kicks the Winter Blues


by Terry Rogers

The cold, dreary days of January can lead to boredom, especially after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It is often too cold to go outside and enjoy nature. In addition, there are not as many activities available to keep children busy which can lead to cabin fever. The Milford Public Library has many programs planned that are designed to eliminate cabin fever and keep your children entertained throughout the month.

On January 23, from 4:30 to 6 PM, the library will offer a STEM program on “How Does Your Body Fight an Infection.” The program will explain what happens when you get the flu or food poisoning as well as provide information on how the immune system works. Children will build a model of the immune system to give them a better understanding of how the body responds to bacteria or viruses.

“On January 9 from 5 to 6:30 PM, we are offering a painting program,” Robin Lank, Children’s Librarian, said. “We want kids to come out and paint a winter scene on black canvas. Space is limited for this event so those who wish to join us need to sign up at the Teen Center by January 7. The week of January 13, sign up will begin for our Annual MADDEN 19 Football video game competition. We will hold bracket playoffs on January 30 AND 31. The winner will be determined on January 31 with the winner receiving a gift card to a local retailer. May the best man or lady win.”

From 5 to 6 PM on January 14, kids can make and take home the library staff’s favorite soup and recipe. They will chop vegetables, measure ingredients and make the soup to take home. At the end of the event, they will enjoy tasting the soups the staff has determined to be their favorite recipe. Then, from 6 to 7 PM that day, the library will offer Yoga for Teens.

“We will be celebrating our January theme of “Stay Warm Stay Healthy” with the Yoga for Teens program,” Lank said. “Come out and join us for yoga that is specially created for those of you who are stressed from school and feeling a bit down due to the cold weather. Have fun while learning techniques to cope with your busy school and workdays. Healthy snacks will be offered after the yoga exercise.”

In honor of the 2020 Superbowl, the library is holding a STEM program on January 16 from 4:30 to 6 PM entitled “Take the Football Challenge.” Using the National Football League (NFL), the program explains how a field goal uses a significant amount of physics by the kicker. This special STEM activity encourages teens to use science to create a goal kicker and see who can kick the ball the farthest. The person who does will win a gift certificate to a local retailer.

“We continue our theme of “Stay Warm Stay Healthy” with a presentation of “Choose this or That” at the Children’s Library,” Lank said. “Now that the holiday season is over, it is hard to go back to choosing healthy foods. Join us for a presentation explaining how to make healthy meal choices presented by registered dietitians. This program is open to all ages, not just children, and we will provide healthy snacks.”

For more information, contact Robin Lank at 302-422-8996.