The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System announces events in April.
Altheimer Branch Library —
For Adults — Project Learning Tree; 10–11 a.m. Saturday, April 6. John Pennington will share his knowledge about the benefits provided by trees. Participants will be able to help plant redbud trees around the Altheimer Branch Library.
Sewing Class — 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17. Melony Darrough will conduct a sewing class teaching basic techniques such as hemming, alterations (taking in and letting out) to make clothes fit better and quick fixes.
For Children — Easter Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Gwendolyn Shelton will hold an Easter egg hunt for children 14 years old and younger.
Pine Bluff Main Branch Library –
Adults — Main Branch Library’s Theater will show Jazz at Lincoln Center – Abyssinian Mass, 6 p.m. Monday, April 8. “The worlds of Gospel Music and Jazz have always shared a close bond. In Wynston Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass, the worlds come together as a full gospel choir-led by master artist Damien Sneed-and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis roar through one of the most joyful, ecstatic, and life-affirming pieces of music ever written,” according to a news release.
Movie Night — Main Branch Library’s Theater will present “Mortal Engines” 5:30–7 p.m. Thursday, April 11 “This movie takes place thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted, and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns,” according to the release. Light refreshments will be available.
Adult Coloring Night — Second floor of the main branch library will host the event from 4–5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 “Come for a relaxing afternoon of coloring. We will have adult coloring pages, as well as crayons and color pencils. Color, unwind and enjoy some light refreshments,” according to the release.
Author Book Signing — Second floor of the main branch library will host LaVerne Bell-Tolliver, an author and professor from Little Rock, from 1–3 p.m. Thursday, April 18. Bell-Tolliver will talk about her book and her experiences as one of the “first twenty-five,” 25 African American students chosen to enter all-white junior high schools to begin the desegregation process.
Pom-Pom Bunny Craft Program — Second floor of the main branch library will host the event from 4–5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. “We will be making a silhouette canvas picture using paint and white and pink pom-poms.”
Main Branch Library – Children
Community Involvement — will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The Children’s Library will be part of the Arkansas Children’s Week Family Fun Day in partnership with the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative.
James Matthews Elementary School will host an event from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 18. The Children’s Library will have a booth at the James Matthews during the celebration of Career Awareness, Colleges and Academic Excellence through Literacy and Math Activities. Sherita Thomas, manager of the Children’s Library, does weekly outreach programs in the local area schools.
After-School tutoring for homework, School Project Assistance, LEGO Table, Virtual Reality PS4 for children ages 12 and up, Story-Time – Ages: Kindergarten – 6th grade, from 10–11 a.m. Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24.
OUR FRONT PORCH
Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. The community is invited to Our Front Porch at the Main Branch Library to share some porch-sitting time with neighbors. Storyteller Rex Nelson of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will offer anecdotes and stories in “Arkansas Conversation.” Train lovers will be fascinated by the story behind Henry Fogg’s painting “The 1947- 1948 Freedom Train,” which made its 100th stop in Pine Bluff. “Come and hear about a rich part of American history. A fine art exhibit focusing on themes of home, place making, and hospitality will be housed at the Arts & Science Center of Southeast Arkansas. There will be live music and crafts for the entire family. Food trucks open at noon. A big thank you to Lucky’s Cafe and Colonial Steak House for sponsoring the raffle ticket event. Raffle event for early birds from noon to 12:30 p.m.,” according to the release.
Redfield Branch Library —
Tiny Tot Time — 10 a.m. Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. “We will have 20 minutes of fun activities for even the smallest of our patrons,” according to the release.
After-School Program — 4 p.m. Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. After school program for school-age children.
Everyday — Redfield has coloring pages for children and parents at all times.
Watson Chapel Branch Library —
Storytime — 10 a.m. Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25.
April 4 — Spend a storytime hour making fingerprint flowers.
April 11 — Read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and then make your own pom-pom version of a caterpillar.
April 18 — Brighten your day up and come read about rainbows and make a Thread
Froot Loop Rainbow.
April 25 — Celebrate Spring by making a choice of paper flowers or Q-Tip daisies.
White Hall Branch Library —
Available every day for use in the library: Ozobot Evo, little robots that follow lines, LEGO WeDo and tablet, build and program, LEGO projects, Snap Circuits, learn electricity basics with projects,
Building set: Marbleworks/K-Nect, Craft table, Computers, Toddler play and learn area.
For Preschoolers — Toddler Time (for toddlers to age four), 10 a.m. Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25. “An interactive program for children and their favorite adults. Join Ms. Melissa for 20 minutes of books, songs, fingerplays, and scarves with time after for play and socializing,” according to the release.
For Elementary Students —
After School Explorers - April: All About Plants, 4 p.m. Tuesdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. Registration suggested as supplies are limited. Stories and STEAM (Science, Tech Engineering, Art, and Math) hands-on activities:
April 2 — Mini greenhouse make and take;
April 9 — Plants from the kitchen;
April 16 — Special Guests: EAST High School students with Makey Makey;
April 23 — Plastic egg craft and stop motion animation;
April 30 — Seed bombs make and take;
May 7 — Cherry blossom paintings, part 1;
May 14 — Cherry blossom painting, part 2 (1st timers welcome);
May 21 — Ice cream in a bag, last Tuesday before Summer!