Gates Mills library story times

Come to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin Blvd., for family story times on Tuesdays from 3:30-4 p.m. and Thursdays from 10-10:30 a.m. Enjoy songs, finger plays and stories for children not yet in kindergarten. Registration is not necessary. Call the branch for more information at 440-423-4808.

Make sock snowmen

Teens in grades six through 12 are invited to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., on Jan. 11 to make a sock snowman from 3-4 p.m. All materials will be provided. Registration is requested for this free event at 440-247-3556.

Learn about art lines

Children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are welcomed to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, on Jan. 13 from 4-5 p.m. to explore how lines are used in art to create shapes and express ideas. Try a variety of tools and techniques at hands-on activity stations. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-423-4808.

Wordsmiths to hone creativity

Teen “wordsmiths” in grades six through 12 are invited to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., on Jan. 20 to hone their creativity with writing prompts and exercises. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

Winter ‘Scout Days’ open

Dress for the weather and explore Geauga parks to earn scouting credit.

Geauga Park District’s winter Scout Days programs are here, and registration is now open for all of them by phone only at 440-279-0880. Complete various requirements for badges and adventures at different Geauga parks from January through March.

Only participating scouts of designated affiliations should be registered, and to maximize attendance and minimize no-shows, there will now be a limit of four registrations per person. For a full list of events or more information, visit www.geaugaparkdistrict.org or email Holly Sauder at hsauder@geaugaparkdistrict.org with questions.

Student Council shops for children

The students of Notre Dame Elementary School raised more than $1,600 for the Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Cancer Unit in the “Boys vs. Girls Change Challenge.” Thanks to the matching donation from the Nedley family, Student Council was able to spend $3,260 on gifts for the children fighting cancer at the clinic for the holidays.

Preschool visits Notre Dame Village

Students at Notre Dame Elementary Preschool participated in an intergenerational experience last month as they visited the residents and Sisters of Notre Dame Village. Students enjoyed a special snack, made crafts and visited with Santa.

‘Letters about Literature’ winners

Fifth-grade Challenge students of Notre Dame Elementary School participated in a “Letters about Literature” competition where they had to write to an author of their choice, explaining how their book impacted their life in some way. They then held an awards assembly at school where all the children had the opportunity to read their letters aloud and celebrate with a breakfast afterwards.

The winners were Elsa Henderson, who wrote to Chris Calfer about his book “The Land of Stories,” first place; Lily Rader, who wrote to Michelle Knudsen about her book “Library Lion,” second place; Gordon Yanchar, who wrote to Margaret Wise Brown about her book “Goof Night Moon,” third place; and Brendan Rand, who wrote to Roald Dahl about his book Fantastic Mr. Fox,” honorable mention.

Geauga libraries hold expos

Geauga County parents and guardians will have the opportunity to talk with several local preschools at the Geauga County Public Library’s Preschool Expos.

Preschool representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on their schools’ offerings. Participants will have a chance to sign up for a raffle. This event is for parents/guardians only.

The Bainbridge and Geauga West Preschool Expo will be Jan. 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the Geauga West Branch, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester.

The Chardon and Middlefield Preschool Expo will be Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Geauga County Public Library in Chardon, 12701 Ravenwood Drive.

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