More in-person programming returns to the BV Library in April – by Hannah Harn

The Buena Vista Public Library will offer more in-person events for all ages in April, with classic youth programs and adult art classes in the lead. It’s been two long years of remote access or no access due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the staff are excited to welcome students and adults back for in-person programs.

Youth programs

Buena Vista Public Library. Courtesy Image

Destination Storytime: Fading West (Gregg Drive)
When: Friday, April 1
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: All ages
On the first Friday of every month, story time travels to special locations! Explore and meet local experts who will share their favorite stories to read aloud with us. This month, Destination Storytime is in Fading West.

Art for Kids!—Weekly
When: Every Tuesday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: 4 to 6 years old
Paint, cut, glue and create! Wear your clothes messy. This special series of ten-week art classes develops children’s fine motor skills and expression.

Animal Cookies—Weekly
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: 2 to 5 years old
Circus Salida runs this movement program to help children develop their gross motor skills, fine motor skills and social-emotional skills.

Rover Reading—Weekly
When: Every Wednesday
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Audience: All ages
Reading to dogs can boost reading skills in children while supporting social and emotional skills. Any reading level or age is welcome. To register, please call 719-395-8700.

Shakes and giggles—weekly
When: Every Thursday
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Audience: 0 to 5 years old
Unstructured and free play and socialization for toddlers and caregivers.

Alphabet story time—weekly
Date: Every Friday (except first Fridays)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Public: From 2 to 5 years old, brothers and sisters welcome
Each week we focus on a letter with stories and a craft to learn our alphabet, building a personal letter book to take home.

Music for Kids!—Weekly
Date: Every Friday
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Audience: 4 to 6 years old
A special series for children to clap, sing and stamp!

Teen programs

Coding Club
Date: Every Friday
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Audience: teenagers
Learn from easy and fun online coding tutorials, build community through activities, and build skills to create animations, games, apps, and more!

CPR and first aid
Date: April 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (1 hour lunch break)
Audience: 14+
Training provided by the Chaffee County Fire Department. Get CPR/First Aid certification in this course! Registration is mandatory and will be limited to nine participants.

Adult programs

do friday
When: Friday, April 1
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Craft: Stamped ceramic
Decorate clay dishes and mold clay trinkets.

Qigong lessons
Date: Monday April 4 and April 18
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Qigong (pronounced: “chee gong”) involves slow, coordinated movements, deep breathing and a meditative state of mind.

In our range
When: Thursday, April 7
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual on Zoom
Within Our Range, offered in partnership with GARNA and the Buena Vista and Salida Public Libraries, meets quarterly at different locations to study literature related to our relationship with the Earth. This month’s book is Where the Water Goes, by David Owen. More information about the meeting is available online.

Ukulele jam
Date: Monday April 11 and April 25
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Start your musical adventures with the ukulele or expand your repertoire with new songs in English and Hawaiian. This course is for all ukulele lovers. Bring your own instrument or borrow one from us.

The Artist’s Palette: New Artistic Skills for Adults
When: Wednesday, April 20
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Skill: Bead Bracelets
Registration recommended. Design and make beautiful beaded bracelets inspired by Mexican Huichol beadwork.

Mother! The story of Mary Harris Jones
When: Saturday April 23
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Union organizer, agitator and child rights advocate Mary Harris Mother Jones was only 10 when she left famine-stricken Ireland. Overcoming inconceivable personal tragedy, Mary Jones dedicated her life to serving the sick and fighting for fair labor laws to become one of America’s most influential political activists. This solo piece features the incomparable Jan Justis!

More information about library programs and events can be found on their website,

BVPL April calendar. Courtesy of Buena Vista Public Library.

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