RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library has aplenty of youth programs in 2015. In addition to its regular weekly and monthly series, new events are flowing through the doors.
According to Emily Bruce, youth services manager of the RSF Library Guild, fun programs for the kiddos are on the way.
“Buster Balloon will be returning to the RSF Library for another performance of his highly entertaining balloon show that will have the audience in awe with his amazing balloon twisting tricks and laughing throughout the entire experience,” she said, adding how it’s on the afternoon schedule for Jan. 8. “We also have some fun activities planned for our Knights’ Academy program including a chance to practice jousting and archery along with other fun activities.”
Bruce wants residents to know that the Guild really enjoys tying programs to special holidays and celebrations. In January, they will host an afterschool program focusing on puzzles of all different types Jan. 29 in recognition of National Puzzle Day.
“We also come up with fun and unique program ideas thanks to all of the creative individuals we have working in the library,” she said.
The library’s regular, popular storytime programs will remain such as Preschool Storytime on Tuesday mornings and Toddler Storytimes on Friday mornings.
The only one experiencing a minor shift is Book Babies which will be moved a half hour earlier at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Bruce said.
With an eye to the months ahead, Bruce pointed out special celebrations and programs include Read Across America in March, National Library Week in April, Dia de los Ninos in April and the 2015 Summer Reading Program.
“This year’s summer reading program will be centered around the theme, ‘Read to the Rhythm,’ so we will have lots of fun programs relating to music, books, and more,” she said.
Continuing in 2015 is the library’s Love on Leash program which takes place every first Tuesday of the month precisely at 3:15 p.m.
For those unfamiliar with this branch of Love on a Leash, it provides children the opportunity to read to well-trained therapy dogs.
“Love on a Leash handlers and their dogs visit libraries, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and more to spread joy and stress-relieving fun. Reading to therapy dogs at the library offers kids a chance to improve their reading skills in a fun and non-intimidating way,” Bruce said.
And Teen Craft for a Cause is returning in 2015.
It’s slated for both the first and third Saturdays of the month for two hours beginning at 10 a.m. Parents are also encouraged to take part, as well.
“The teens spend this time at the library making handmade items to donate to various charitable organizations and nonprofits,” Bruce said. She continued, “In January, we will be knitting and crocheting scarves to donate to ‘Knit with Love’ which provides handmade knitted and crocheted items to individuals in need.”
The RSF Library has a program for every children, teenagers, and people of all ages. For more information, Bruce invites residents to call (858) 756-2512 or visit rsflibraryguild.org.