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Track the Paw Prints to Free Educational Classes at New Library

Follow the painted bobcat and mountain lion paw prints prancing on the sidewalk to the new Library of the Canyons. Inside, watch out for the skunk, coyote and raccoon paw prints crawling up the walls to cave style paintings by local artist, Robert Myers.

Throughout the children’s section, kids discover interactive displays, puzzles, puppet theatre and crafts.

My son and his friends especially enjoy the library’s educational programs. The only place my son wants to be on Monday’s at 4 p.m. is at the library’s Crazy Eight’s math class.

His favorite lesson dealt with sound waves. He made a pan flute from straws and noticed the changes in pitch from the different lengths of straw. Then he and his classmates headed outside to test the decibels of the flutes with an app on the children’s librarian, Shanon Delaney’s smart phone.

Shanon says, “I want this library to be a place where children find community and learn together in fun, new ways.”

Judging from the excitement on my son’s face during class, I think Shanon has succeeded.

Other education programs include STEAM classes on the 4th Saturday of every month at 2:00 p.m. Spanish/English Bi-lingual story times will take place two more Saturdays (12/16, and 12/30) at 11:00 a.m. A new robotics class will begin in January.

Visit the Canyon’s library website for a detailed calendar of classes and events at http://www.ocpl.org/libloc/library_of_the_canyons or call (714) 649-2216.

By Kristine Carter

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