Connect with Other Families Over Coffee and Cocoa at Chill 2020

Stop. Step back. Breathe.

Between work, school, family, and other activities, we often lose sight on what’s important in our lives. The stress can appear in ways that impact our own mental and emotional health, and eventually the overall well-being of our families. January is a time for new beginnings. Learn how to connect as a family in a meaningful way during Chill 2020, a three week series beginning Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library located at 1786 Burlington Pike. Please register here.

Each week, early literacy library staff will present a major topic for discussion. Each topic will have a number of supporting components. There may be a couple of books that support the topic, a rhyme or song, mindful movement, and family activities that encourage positive interactions. Each session also includes some time for children and adults to interact with each other and get to know people in their community. Throughout the program, you will receive resources that will reinforce the ideas and activities you receive during the month of January to continue on your family’s path of taking a step back from the chaos of life and intentionally practicing mindful activities.

The first week encourages connecting as a family unit. You will write out your family values and rules and display them in a creative way. You will also create weekly and daily routines and learn movements that encourage taking a few moments to process thoughts and manage stress in healthy ways. During week two, families will learn about ways to encourage positive behaviors. Look at family photos and discuss their relationship to positive family interactions. Learn methods that encourage children to make good decisions every day. The final week covers the uniqueness of your child and how to handle situations based on their personalities. The activity this week will allow families to create something that embraces their child’s individuality. Mindful movement for this week encourages seeing the positive side of seemingly negative traits and using colors to help express feelings.

We lead busy lives. Our children often have as many activities as we do and don’t always have a healthy way to communicate the stress they feel in their own lives. Make this January the time that your family becomes a mindful and meaningful family!

Chill 2020 (family program)
Tuesday, January 14, 21 & 28
Main Library, 6:30 p.m.
Reduce stress and improve focus while connecting with other families over coffee and cocoa. Practice mindfulness techniques and how to encourage positive behavior through stories and play. Each evening will end with a door prize! Registering for January 14, registers you for all three sessions.

Please register here.

Drop Your Drawers (and socks, too) at the Library, December 1-31!

Make your next visit to the Library a brief one, for a good cause, as part of Boone County Public Library’s Drop Your Drawers campaign.

Visit any Boone County Public Library location from December 1-31 to drop off packages of new underwear for boys and girls, preferably sizes 4-16, and children’s socks. Donations will help replenish Boone County elementary schools’ supplies of emergency underpants and socks and provide direct assistance to each school’s Family Resource Center.

The need is great. Schools are handing out underwear and socks to children who have accidents at school or issues at home. Because parents are often unable to bring fresh underwear to their children during school hours, children can miss valuable learning time in the classroom.

Underwear and socks may be dropped off at any BCPL location. By all means, stay awhile and enjoy the Library’s many services. (We don’t really want you to make your visit brief!)

The Drop Your Drawers campaign is easily recognizable by the popular character of Captain Underpants by author and illustrator Dav Pilkey.

Be a super hero, just like the star of Dav Pilkey’s young readers’ books!