AMESBURY – Amesbury Public Library is offering several programs for children this winter.

Children from kindergarten through fourth grade can participate in the Winter Reading Program. The program, a collaboration between the Amesbury elementary school libraries and the library, will run through March 15.

Students can report the minutes they read to the school library to win a hot chocolate party for their classroom. They can also keep track of their own minutes online to receive individual rewards.

Bingo sheets offer fun reading challenges and allow students to enter a book-related raffle. Stuffed reading buddies are available for pickup at the public library for participants. For more information, visit www.amesburylibrary.org or ask at the elementary school libraries.

Story times for 2-year-olds have started on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and for 3- to- 5-year-olds on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

These STEAM-focused story times include stories, songs, activities, science experiments and exploration stations around the room to inspire curiosity in reading and the world.

The public library also offers a weekly Mother Goose on the Loose literacy program on Saturdays at 9:45 a.m. as well as a sensory playground on Mondays at 11 a.m. for children up to 23 months old.

Monthly programs include the family Stitch-a-Bit workshop for making sewing projects (no experience necessary), a book review program for fifth- and sixth- graders, Wacky Wednesday for 8- to 12-year-olds — allowing them to be creative, and Social Justice Storytime on Saturdays for 4- to- 7-year-olds. 

Funding for the programs comes from multiple sources, including Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.

For a complete listing of programs or for more information, visit amesburylibrary.org or call 978-388-8148, ext. 4. The public library is at 149 Main St.

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