Monthly Community Events

In addition to traditional storytimes and clubs, Sisters Library hosts unique community events. For children, community programming enhances overall learning by giving them experiences that expand vocabulary skills and background knowledge. It promotes interactive play, a sense of community, and social-emotional literacy skills. Our community programming enables children to interact and share with adults and peers, engage in their communities, participate in the arts, and explore the world.

On this page, you will find a month-by-month overview of 2019 community events and activities. Additional information (e.g., dates and times, registration instructions, etc.) will be available approximately one month prior to the each event.

 


January (New Beginnings)

The new year brings a fresh start and the opportunity for self-enhancement. Let the library help you grow through new experiences. Children’s programs throughout January will feature ‘New Beginnings’ events and activities. Storytimes will include books and crafts pertaining to new friendships, new foods, etc. The Podcast Club will listen to and discuss four new podcasts.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Hobby Fair

Library staff and community volunteers have assembled a hobby fair. Library exhibits will feature hobbies such as sports, stamp collecting, music, geocaching, origami, and animal rescue volunteer work. Try out each of the 20 on-display hobbies, then visit The Train Man and his collection of model trains. All ages are welcome. Registration is not required.

MOMMY/GRANDMA & ME: Game Night

Join us for board games, puzzles, trivia, and more. Play a classic favorite or learn a new game. The library will supply the games, or you may bring your own to share. This event is for children of all ages, with their mom or grandma. Registration is required.


February (Love)

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In this month of Valentine’s, celebrate the people and things you love. Read, listen, sing, and talk about love throughout Storytime and club programs. Makerspace projects include Valentine’s Day Coding and Conversation Heart Candy Science Experiments.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards

Make a “love” card to give a friend or family member. The library will supply all materials. This event is for children of all ages, with a favorite adult. No registration is required.


March (Elephant and Piggie)

Come to the library in March to celebrate two of the cutest characters in children’s literature, Mo Willems’ Piggie and Elephant. Storytimes will feature Elephant & Piggie, as well as elephant- and pig-related activities. Makerspace participants will face off in the Three Little Pigs STEM Design Challenge.

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COMMUNITY EVENT: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

Join us for an Elephant & Piggie musical. Actors from the Northwest Children’s Theater in Portland will put on a hilarious show. Kids aged 3 and older may attend with an adult. There will be two free showings; each is limited to 60 audience members. Registration is required.

DADDY/GRANDPA & ME: Let’s Go for a Drive!

Join library staff for a special storytime featuring Mo Willems’ book, Let’s Go for a Drive! Participants can then build their own Pinewood Derby cars and race them along roads and down ramps. This event is for children aged 0-10, with their dad or grandpa. Registration is required.

 


April (Celebrate Earth)

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The library can teach kids about our planet, as well as the dangers facing our environment and the steps we can take to alleviate those dangers. Throughout this Earth Day month, children’s programs will encourage earth appreciation and environmental sustainment. In collaboration with Sisters Elementary School, the library will host a Recycling Contest. The classroom with the highest number of recycled items will win an Earth Day party.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Make Lego Planters

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Play with legos and learn about gardening! This event will get kids excited about plants and planting. It will also encourage engineering skills through the building of mini lego planters. The library will supply materials, but welcomes any lego donations. This event is for children aged 3-10, with a favorite adult. Registration is required.

 


May (Healthy Minds & Bodies)

Sisters Library aims to foster physical and mental wellbeing, as well as learning. Good health is essential to a child’s social and cognitive development. Throughout May, children’s events and activities will feature exercise, healthy diet, mental health, and self-care. Makerspace participants can make a stethoscope or pasta skeleton.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Family Movie Night on the Lawn (Inside Out)

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In May, we’re hosting our first 2019 “movies on the lawn” event. We will be screening Inside Out (rated G), an animated film about an 11-year-old girl who has personified emotions. Volunteer teachers from life.love.yoga will lead a 15-minute community yoga class prior to the screening. Bring your own lawn blanket and help yourself to popcorn, fruit, and drinks (free). This event is open to all library users. No registration is required.

MOMMY/GRANDMA & ME: 5k Run/Walk & Obstacle Course

Run or walk in our neighborhood 5k or complete an obstacle course on the library lawn. The 5k event is open to all kids, moms, and grandmas. The obstacle course is open to children over age 3, with their mom or grandma. Registration is required.


June (Summer Reading — The Desert)

Summer Reading kicks off in June as we venture into the Oregon desert. Volunteer staff from the High Desert Museum will lead a variety of storytimes throughout the month. These will feature desert themes and activities, as well as live shows with desert animals.

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COMMUNITY EVENT: Family Movie Night on the Lawn (Rango)

We will be screening Rango (rated G). This is a computer-animated movie about an ordinary pet chameleon who unwittingly becomes the sheriff of a desert town. Bring your own lawn blanket and help yourself to popcorn, Cowboy Cactus Desserts, and drinks (free). This event is open to all library users. No registration is required.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Family Movie Night on the Lawn (Holes)

We will be screening Holes (rated PG). Based on the award-winning novel by Louis Sachar, Holes tells the story of a falsely-imprisoned boy named Stanley Yates. Stanley befriends a colorful group of young inmates and together they dig a lot of holes in the desert… Bring your own lawn blanket and help yourself to popcorn and drinks (free). This event is open to all library users. No registration is required.


July (Summer Reading — The Coast)

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Volunteer staff from the Oregon Coast Aquarium will lead a variety of storytimes throughout the month. Books and activities feature sea life, oceanography, and shipwrecks.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Family Movie Night on the Lawn (Finding Nemo)

We will be screening Finding Nemo (rated G). In this Disney-animated movie an anxious clownfish journeys through the ocean to rescue his beloved son. He overcomes many barriers with his friend Dory by his side. Bring your own lawn blanket and help yourself to popcorn, saltwater taffy, and drinks (free). This event is open to all library users. No registration is required.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Family Movie Night on the Lawn (The Goonies)

We will be screening The Goonies (rated PG). In this classic ’80s movie, a group of kids goes on a coastal treasure hunt, but is followed by a criminals that want the treasure for themselves. Bring your own lawn blanket and help yourself to popcorn and drinks (free). This event is open to all library users. No registration is required.

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DADDY/GRANDPA & ME: Sandcastle Building

Join library staff for a special storytime featuring books, rhymes, and songs about sandcastles. Participants can then build Kinetic Sand sandcastles. The library will supply all materials. This event is for children aged 3-10, with their dad or grandpa. Registration is required.


August (Summer Reading — The Mountains & Forest)

In August, summer reading participants will explore the mountains and forests through books, events, and activities. In collaboration with Oregon State Parks and the Forest Service, the library will hold storytimes and activities in parks around Sisters. While in the parks, participants can become Junior Rangers.

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COMMUNITY EVENT: Treasure Hunt

Grab a map and partake in a Nature Treasure Hunt on the library and lawn. The Nature Treasure Hunt is open to all. No registration is required. Kids aged 8 and older may also take part in a group Compass Treasure Hunt through the town of Sisters. Note that this group treasure hunt does require registration.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Family Movie Night on the Lawn (Over the Hedge)

We will be screening Over the Hedge (rated G). In this animated film, a quirky group of forest animals ventures into the city in search of food. The animals do their best to outwit angry homeowners and a mean exterminator. Bring your own lawn blanket and help yourself to popcorn, Dirt Cake, and drinks (free). This event is open to all library users. No registration is required.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Family Movie Night on the Lawn (Hoot)

We will be screening Hoot (rated PG). Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Carl Hiaasen, Hoot tells the story of three kids who protect a family of endangered owls. Bring your own lawn blanket and help yourself to popcorn and drinks (free). This event is open to all library users. No registration is required.


September (Roald Dahl)

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Roald Dahl wrote classic, magical books. His work is celebrated internationally on Roald Dahl Day — September 13 (also his birthdate). Sisters Library will keep the celebration going all month long. Storytimes feature Roald Dahl-esque books and themes. The book club will discuss Dahl’s less famous masterpiece, George’s Marvelous Medicine. Makerspace projects will include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory glass elevator pulleys and The BFG Dream Jars.

COMMUNITY EVENT/FAMILY WORKSHOP: Roald Dahl Day Carnival

Tour a chocolate factory like Charlie, try to move things with your mind like Matilda, and meet a BFG like Sophie. Taste some revolting recipes if you dare… Local actors and musicians will dress up as Roald Dahl book characters to share activities, stories, and music. The carnival will be outdoors on the library lawn. Kids and families of all ages are invited. No registration is required.

MOMMY & ME: BUGS!

Dahl’s book James and the Giant Peach features huge bugs. Come learn more about bugs with volunteers from the High Desert Museum. Real insects will be on display during the Bugs! show. Participants can then paint rock bugs. This event is for kids aged 3-10, with their mom or grandma. No registration is required.


October (Diversity)

The library aims to expose kids to other cultures and global ideas so that they are familiar with diverse practices and experiences. Throughout October (Diversity Awareness Month), storytimes, Book Club, Podcast Club, and Makerspace will feature multicultural books and activities.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Diversity Day

On Diversity Day, members of the community with diverse and multicultural backgrounds will share their personal stories. The event also includes multicultural music, dance, and stortytimes. Participants can make Multicultural Paper Doll Puppets based on characters from storytime books. Kids and families of all ages are invited. No registration is required.

 

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November (Gratitude)

COMMUNITY EVENT: Pay It Forward

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In conjunction with Sisters Habitat for Humanity, the library is hosting a Pay It Forward event. Journey through the library and Sisters community to check off items from a list of Pay It Forward ideas. You are also encouraged to bring donations of gently used items. Donations will go to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Kids and families of all ages are invited. No registration is required.

DADDY/GRANDPA & ME: Cookie Decorating

Join us for stories and a cookie decorating party! Use icing, food coloring, sprinkles, and candies to decorate sugar cookies. Eat one for yourself and give the rest as a present. Consider bringing cookie mix or other goods to donate to Sisters Kiwanis Food Bank. This event is for kids of all ages, with their dad or grandpa. No registration is required.


December (Winter Wonderland)

Winter typically brings snow to our mountain town. Help us make December into a winter wonderland with snow-themed programs and activities. Makerspace participants will craft Melted Snowman Slime and Salt Crystal Snowflakes.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Paper Plate Snow Globes

There is just something about a white paper plate that demands to be painted! Join us for a snow-themed storytime and simple paper plate snow globe craft. Kids and families of all ages are invited. No registration is required.

 

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