This week, Dec. 7 – 11, the Adams County Public Library is hosting Hour of Code events for students age seven and up. Hour of Code is a one-hour, hands-on introduction to computer science, designed to help students discover that everyone can learn the basics of computer programming. Students participate in a self-paced online tutorial that teaches basic computer game design. Anyone is welcome to try Hour of Code online. Visit hourofcode.com and choose between a Minecraft or Star Wars theme to get started. AmeriCorps technology trainer Melissa Downs will host Hour of Code activities at the library this week. Stop by the North Adams Library after school on Thursday, or the Peebles Library after school on Friday. If you can’t attend, call Melissa and ask about scheduling an Hour of Code tutorial in a future week, or visit hourofcode.com to learn from home.

The Peebles Library wishes to thank the Peebles Girl Scout troops led by Nikki Atkins for decorating the children’s area Christmas tree, Kim Gilkison’s family for decorating the Christmas tree in the adult area, and the Peebles Magazine Club for creating a Christmas Village display in the library.

The Manchester Library thanks the Girl Scouts for decorating their Christmas tree, and Teen Activity Club for putting up Christmas decorations around the library. Kids gathered after school at the North Adams Library on Dec. 1 for a Christmas Kickoff Party, with games, snacks, and an Ugly Sweater Contest. More holiday themed events are planned in the upcoming weeks.

The Teen Activity Club will meet at the Manchester Library on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 3:30 p.m. after school for our annual Christmas Cookie decorating party. Stop by the Peebles Library at 4p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16 to watch “The Polar Express,” and at 4p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23 to watch “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

Parents and young children are invited to Story Time at the West Union Library on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m. for our annual Candy Christmas Tree event. We’ll create beautiful, edible Christmas trees out of icing, ice cream cones and candy. The Teen Art Class will make Candy Christmas trees at the same time. On Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m., young children and parents can participate in a Candy Christmas Tree Story Time at the North Adams Library.

Come share an hour of weekly Story Time with Deborah at the Manchester Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., at the North Adams Library with Julia on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., at the Peebles Library with Sherry on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and at the West Union Library with Tara on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

One-on-one computer assistance is available at each Adams County Public Library by appointment. AmeriCorps technology trainer Melissa Downs provides computer tutoring at the library, thanks to a Guiding Ohio Online grant, awarded by the State Library of Ohio and ServeOhio. In December, ask about learning to design your own custom family Christmas card, and print it, or share it on Facebook or in email. Ask about classes in Online Shopping Safety, and finding discounts and coupons online to use when shopping in stores. Melissa is at the Peebles Library on Mondays and Fridays, the West Union Library on Tuesdays, the Manchester Library on Wednesdays, and the North Adams Library on Thursdays.

All Adams County Public Libraries will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15 due to a staff in-service day. Thank you for your patience. Regular library hours are 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Visit adamscolibrary.org to learn more.

These youngsters dressed with flair for the after school Christmas Kickoff Party at the North Adams Library.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Library1.jpgThese youngsters dressed with flair for the after school Christmas Kickoff Party at the North Adams Library. Submitted photo

By Jessica Dooley

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