Fun springs up at the library

Free spring break programs for kids at Squamish Public Library

Looking for something to do this spring break? The Squamish Public Library offers activities for all ages — for free.

For the first time, the Squamish Public Library will screen movies for a March matinee series.

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"That's a brand new opportunity, because now we have a license for public performing rights to screen movies in the library," Hilary Bloom, the director of library services, said.

She added they hope to provide popcorn. On March 20, The Good Dinosaur will play at 3 p.m. Secret Life of Pets will be at 2 p.m. on March 25. Adults should accompany children to the shows.

On March 30 at 11 a.m., Jesse Thom returns to Squamish with his posse of puppets. Some Bunny Loves You, the all-ages puppet show, takes the audience into the world of Carpenter Glen. The show features an eclectic cast of characters, including a whale submarine, oversized raspberry and a bunny who can rap (also known as hip hop).

The Code Mobile is also returning to Squamish.

"It's a van that pulls up and they set up in our meeting room and run programs. It's to teach children to learn how to code, using a program called Scratch," Bloom said. "We ran these in December, and it was so popular, we brought it back."

On March 28, Canada Learning Code will teach three coding workshops. Kids in Grade 2 and 3 can take the first workshop at 11:30 a.m., followed by Grade 4 and 5 students at 1 p.m. Grade 6 and 7 students have the opportunity to get techy at 2:45 p.m. Each workshop runs for around an hour and a half.

A great perk of the coding workshops, Bloom said, is the Scratch program is free for kids to continue to practice with. The program also helps with digital reading skills. Register for the workshop by emailing kinman@squamish.ca.

Throughout spring break, the Squamish Library is also hosting its book blast. Every five items checked out by a library cardholder — including DVDs, books, magazines and graphic novels — puts the reader's name in a draw to win a prize. Get the punch card at the front desk.

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