It’s a kids’ world kicks off February with fun events at Newport Beach Public Library

Hey kids! Check out what’s happening in February at the Library.

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Get creative the first Thursday of every month at Makerspace

Makerspace Thursdays!

Looking for a space to express yourself? Let your creativity soar the first Thursday of every month (Feb. 1) from 4-5 p.m., for an hour of open-ended fun using various art materials and techniques at Central Library’s Stahr Storytime Room. Recommended for ages 8-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Materials available while supplies last.

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BARK is a great way to come practice your reading skills

BARK: Read to a Dog

Kids! Come practice your reading skills with a BARK reading dog. Join the Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL) on the first Tuesday of every month from 4-5 p.m. at Central Library for a BARK reading event. This program is a great way for children to increase their reading skills with a non-judgmental reading companion in a calm environment. Geared for ages 5 and up, and no registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Next session is today –Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Friendship & Fun Party

On Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 4-5 p.m., come to the Corona del Mar Branch for a fun-filled afternoon of games and activities that celebrate love of self, family, friendship, community and more. Geared for children ages 6-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sweetheart Crafts

What’s sweeter than Valentines for our loved ones? On Thursday, Feb. 8 from 4-5 p.m., head over to the Crean Mariners Branch to create sweetheart crafts. Geared for ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Drop-In Crafternoons

On Monday, Feb. 13 from 4-5 p.m., get creative at Central Library with rotating DIY crafts. Geared for children ages 3+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Valentine’s Day crafts at the Balboa Branch

Hearts & Hugs Crafts

It’s Valentine’s Day and NBPL “hearts” creativity. Join the fun on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 3-4 p.m. at the Balboa Branch for Valentine-themed crafting. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sensory Play

On Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m., explore, investigate and create with sensory-based play at the Corona del Mar Branch. Geared for children 0-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

February’s book pick is “From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks

Middle Grade Book Club

Calling all book lovers in the 4th-6th grades on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 4-5 p.m. to head over to Central Library. February’s book pick is From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. Registration is required, so sign up here.

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Paint your very own mini-masterpiece on mini-canvases

Family Paint Afternoon

On Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 4-5 p.m., join for an hour of creativity for the whole family at Central Library. Paint your very own mini-masterpiece on mini-canvases. Painting is beneficial for all ages – it’s a great way for small children to practice motor skills and for school-age children to relax and practice a new skill. They’ll provide all the materials.

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It’s LEGOS every Wednesdays and on the first and third Saturday

LEGO Wednesdays and LEGO Saturdays

On Wednesdays (Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28) from 3-4 p.m., drop in at the Mariners Branch, and on Saturdays, Feb. 3 and 17 from 2-4 p.m. at Central Library Children’s Room to create with LEGO. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Toy Train Thursdays (Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Balboa Branch. All aboard to come build with wooden toy trains. They provide wooden tracks, trains, a station and more. Kids provide imagination! No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library branches:

–Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

–Balboa Branch, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Corona del Mar Branch, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar

–Crean Mariners Branch, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

For more information and a complete listing of events, visit the NBPL calendar here.

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