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Two New Youth Programs Begin in October


Massanutten Regional Library announces two new events added to its monthly Youth Services programming, beginning in October and running through May of 2013.

"History Quest," geared for elementary age children, will take a different time period in history and host an interactive program, zooming in on a child's perspective of that time period using technology, theme-related crafts, games and books. The program last about 45 minutes and will support Virginia's Standard of Learning objectives. It will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 4 pm at Massanutten Regional Library Main and will be conducted by Adam Blincoe, a JMU history major and work-study student with MRL.

Upcoming programs will cover the Americas along with the countries of Egypt, China, Greece, Mali, and Rome.

"With the expansion of the Community Youth Center at Main, Youth Services is excited to introduce this new line of elementary school age programming. "History Quest" will give students a taste for the past utilizing today's technology," says Clare Eakin, Youth Services Coordinator for Massanutten Regional Library.

On the third Tuesday of the month, plan a fun outing for those elementary-age children who love Legos! "Loads of Legos!" will encourage socialization and imagination in this building session. Children are encouraged to build animals, automobiles, buildings, any thing their minds can envision, and MRL is prepared to display them within the library or post photos of the displays via Massanutten Regional Library's Facebook page. The first session will be a free-for-all, with each the succeeding month asking students to build according to the theme-of-the-month: pirates, space, jungle, fantasy, and dinosaurs.

"MRL's staff members look forward to more opportunities to engage community young people in programming that is both educational and entertaining. There's no better place to foster creative thinking and new ideas!" states Lois Jones, MRL Library Director.


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