Programs, classes upcoming at Potsdam library
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 5:44 pm

POTSDAM -- The Potsdam Public Library, Park Street, will host a variety of programs and classes in the coming weeks.

Children’s programs

The library children’s programs are run and/or organized by children’s librarian Rebecca Donnelly in the mezzanine, the upstairs play space located at the back of the Potsdam Public Library. For more information about the following classes email [email protected] or call 315-265-7230.

“Afterschool Squad: Catch that Toad! An Engineering Adventure” will be held every Thursday, from April 5-May 31, except Thursday, April 26. The squad is an 8-week hands-on engineering and environmental science project for kids in grades 3-6. Students will study invasive species, mechanical engineering, and the scientific process to design a humane trap to catch a cane toad. The program is based on curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston.

“PPL Battle of the Books 2018” will be held Satuday, April 7 from 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Teams from the library’s service area will battle to determine Potsdam’s Champions at the Potsdam Church of the Nazarene, 11 NY 72. For information, email Sarah Sachs, [email protected].

The new program “Reading Zoo” will be held Saturday, April 14, from 3-4:30 p.m. This monthly program of literacy-building activities is geared toward families with young readers. In April, the group will celebrate National Library Week with crafts, stories, and activities about libraries.

Another new program, “Early Literacy Family Workshop: Cooking Fun!” will be held Tuesday, April 17 from 10-11 a.m. This is a program for families with preschool-age children, who will learn some simple and healthy recipes and practice building early literacy skills with everyday activities. In partnership with the Potsdam Neighborhood Center and Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County. The group meets in the Neighborhood Center.

Weekly storytimes

Curious Cubs Storytime meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for stories, rhymes, and movement activities to build early literacy skills for ages 2 and up. Younger siblings welcome.

Wiggly Worms Storytime meets on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. The session is a storytime for the youngest library users, and features rhymes, fingerplays, and fun for children up to age 2. Older siblings welcome.

Little Bees Family Storytime convenes on Saturdays at 11 a.m. This storytime for families with babies and toddlers feature a story, rhymes and fingerplays, and plenty of play and socializing time.

Adult programs

The In the Stacks Music Series will feature the Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet Sunday, April 15, from 4-5 p.m. in the main reading room of the Potsdam Public Library. The Frackenpohl Honors Brass Quintet is a group of students from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music who each year audition to be a part of this prestigious ensemble. For more information, email [email protected].

The Purl Jam group meets Monday April 16, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Cleveland Computer Center. No registration is required. For more information email [email protected].

Weekly programs

The programs listed below are held in the library’s main reading room. For more information email [email protected] or call 315-265-7230.

Drop-in Chess Club meets every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. All experience levels welcome.

Game night is held every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. This is a board game event for all ages. Players can bring their own games.

Literacy & ESL

ESL class with Maria Morrison will be held in the Potsdam Community Room (above the police department) every Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The group will cover conversation, pronunciation, American culture, and topics students want to bring to the class. For more information, email [email protected].

“Improving Skills for New English Speakers” will be held in the Cleveland Center (downstairs) every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. New English speakers will use online sources to improve listening skills and fluency. Registration is required: [email protected] or 315-265-7230.

The ESL conversation group meets in the library’s upstairs mezzanine every Thursday from 9-10 a.m. The group will practice speaking English in a relaxed setting with other non-native English speakers. No registration is required. For more information, email [email protected].

Technology programs

All of the tech programs listed below are held in the Cleveland Computer Center, located in the basement of the Potsdam Public Library. Registration is required for all tech programs listed below by email or phone: [email protected] or call 315-265-7230.

The library will hold a series of open labs to provide help with software, devices, websites, or other technology. There is no need to register; just come with questions, leave with answers about smartphones, tablets, MS Office programs, email, Google apps, internet use, skype, more. Individualized help will be available. Also, contact us to meet with volunteer Klaus for computer and job search help.

The following sessions are scheduled:

April 9, 2:30-5 p.m.; April 11, 4-8 p.m.; April 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon; April 14, noon-2 p.m.; April 16, 2:30-4 p.m.; April 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon; April 20, 2:30-5 p.m.; and April 21, noon-2 p.m.

Volunteer Klaus is available to provide help on Wednesday, April 18, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

“Using iTunes” will be held Friday, April 6, form 2:30-3:30 p.m.

“Introduction to Computers” will be offered Saturday, April 7 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

“Introduction to MS Word” will be offered Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m.-noon.

The class “Using the Social Security Website” is slated for April 18, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

“Creating a Simple Website” is scheduled for April 19 from 10 a.m.-noon and “Lighting Equipment Demo” will be held April 21, from 11 a.m.-noon.