required-readingChildren invited to January reading program 

GALESBURG — Area children are invited to join the January reading program, “Read with Pete the Cat!” today through Jan. 31 at the Galesburg Public Library, 40 E. Simmons St., Galesburg.

Reading logs will be given when participants, ages 0-12, sign up in the Children’s Room of the library. Each of the four levels of the program will require one hour of reading. Readers will receive a “shoe,” sticker and after completing the fourth level, a free book! A raffle ticket given at each level completed will be used in a drawing for a stuffed Pete the Cat.

After each level of reading, participants may also bring an item to be donated to the Prairieland Animal Welfare Center, if they choose, such as copy paper, paper towels, gently used blankets, towels and rugs.

The month will culminate with a Pete the Cat Fun Day at the library from 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 in the Sanderson Room. All area children are invited, whether or not they participated in the January reading program. Those planning to attend the Pete the Cat Fun Day must register in the Children’s Room by Jan. 29.

Other events in the Children’s Room of the Galesburg Public Library this month:

• Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting, regardless of proficiency level, is invited to attend knitting and crocheting classes every Tuesday in January from 6-8 p.m. in the Hiler Room, next to the Children’s Room. Beginners should bring size 10 knitting needles or a size G crochet hook and a skein of 4-ply yarn. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

• A recent large donation of character cake pans expanded the library’s collection to 90 cake pans which are now available for check-out for three weeks. Instructions are included with each cake pan. A Cake Pan Kick-off for ages 10 years and up on Jan. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Sanderson Room of the library will provide extra advice on how to make a cake look just like the pictures. Check out a cake pan, bake the cake, make icing and bring it to the kick-off where icing bags with decorative tips and colors for the icing will be provided. Registration is required in the Children’s Room of the library when the cake pan is checked out.

For more information about these free programs, contact the Children’s Room at 343-6118, ext. 113.

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