April events and activities at the City Island Library

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The following is a list of events and activities taking place at City Island Library this April.

Shelf Help: Tell us your reading interests and we’ll pick five books for you. Fill out the online form or call Ask NYPL to receive reads handpicked for you based on your interests. www.nypl.org/shelfhelp 

Children’s Programs

Family Storytime: This event will take place in person at City Island. Join us for a live program with songs, rhymes and favorite read-aloud books as we show you that story time is fun for the whole family. Limited to 15 children and caregivers per session. Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. and Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m.

Start with Art: Promote early literacy through art, while getting creative! Young artists will explore colors, shapes and more while working on motor skills — and creating some fun crafts along the way. Limited to 12 children and caregivers per session. First-come, first-serve. Mondays at 11 a.m. 

Chill Zone: No-stress, no-fuss relaxation time for kids, teens and tweens. Laptops, games, activities and snacks will be available. Ages 10-14. Tuesdays at 3 p.m.

Teen and Tween Programs

Build a City: Work together to create a city! Where are the schools? How many basketball courts? It’s up to you! Part of Civics @ NYPL. Wednesday, April 26 from 3-4 p.m.

Tween Poetry Slam: Celebrate National Poetry Month by getting loud! Write a poem about something that you’re passionate about, then get ready to perform it in the garden. Monday, April 17 at 3 p.m. 

Manga Club: Come in and enjoy our manga collection. Different manga volumes will be available to read onsite and to check out. Read and discuss it with friends, and create anime/manga-related crafts. Thursday April 6 and 20 at 3 p.m.

Teen Unwind: Celebrate the end of the week every Friday at 3 p.m. 

-Crafternoon:Get hands on with different arts and craft supplies in this freeform create-a-thon! April 7

-Unplug and Relax: April 14 and 21

-Recycled Art: Use recycled objects — paper, plastic bottles, cardboard, etc. — to make eco-friendly art! April 28

Adult Programs

Creative Aging Writing Workshop — Bringing Life to Life Stories: Have you ever wanted to write a memoir but didn’t know where to start? In this workshop, writer and educator Frank Ingrasciotta will guide you on how to bring your life stories to the page. In this eight-session memoir writing class, we will examine various aspects of storytelling. Through writing exercises, we will explore the tools of your personal expression that brings writing to life. Tuesdays, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Introduction to Computers: Join our computer class, with a different subject being taught each week. Subjects will include internet literacy, social media, video chatting and more. All work will be conducted on our library computers. No registration required. Call us for details on upcoming subjects. Thursday, April 13 and 27 at 11 a.m.

Adult Coloring: Have you been feeling more stressed than usual lately? The City Island Library will be hosting a bi-weekly adult coloring program to help relieve that stress and promote calmness. Coloring materials will be provided. Thursday, April 6 and 20 at 11 a.m.

City Island Book Club: Every month, a new title will be chosen and copies will be available for pickup on a first-come, first-served basis. Call us for details on what we’re reading next. Monday, April 10 and 24 at 5 p.m. 

Island Writers: Do you have a passion for writing? Join us for our Island Writers, a creative writing group. This group is for writers of different levels and expertise. We are here to help one another on the journey of self-expression and creativity. Every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Academy Award Film Fest:  Feature movie titles, varying in length at 2 p.m. 

April 1 : “Belfast”   

April 8: “Dunkirk”

April 15: “A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood”

April 22: “Nomadland” 

April 29: “Gravity”

For any or all programs listed, please go to https://www.nypl.org/locations/city-island or call 718-885-1703 for more details and to register. Programs are subject to change.

The City Island Library is located at 320 City Island Ave. and is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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