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Library offers activities for young

Storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are in session at the Plymouth Library.

All storytimes are filled with fun songs, activities and stories tailored to the mental and physical development of each age group. The following storytimes are offered:

Baby and Toddler Storytime on Mondays at 9:30 a.m. - This is a 20-minute lapsit storytime in which parents sit on the floor and participate with their children. We will sing lots of songs, read fun books together, and do rhymes and fingerplays that help develop fine and gross motor skills.

Preschool Storytime on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - In Preschool Storytime, we read books, sing songs, and do activities based on a particular theme. Children learn kindergarten readiness skills while having tons of fun. We occasionally do a fun craft that encourages creativity and develops fine motor skills. This 30-minute program is geared for ages 3-5, but all are welcome.

Night time tales (same as Preschool Storytime) on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. - This storytime is exactly the same as Preschool Storytime, but is held in the evening to accommodate working families and children attending school. This 30-minute program is geared for ages 3-5, but all are welcome.

Earn a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game by participating in the Milwaukee Bucks Read to Achieve Library Reading Challenge. Kids in grades 3-10 who participate in this program and read 500 pages – either from books, magazines, or newspapers – can earn a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game. Go the extra mile and read 750 pages to be entered into a drawing for other great prizes, including an official Milwaukee Bucks autographed basketball.

To participate in the Reading Challenge, stop by the Plymouth Public Library and pick up a reading log. Participants will have until Feb. 27 to complete the challenge and bring their completed logs back to the library.

Do you love building with LEGOs? Are you between the ages of 6 and 12? If so, come to the library Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m. for the Plymouth Public Library LEGO Club.

All you have to do is show up – no registration required. This is a great opportunity to be creative with LEGOs and to hang out with other kids who love building. Completed creations will be displayed in the library. The program lasts one hour.

If you have any questions about library programs for children or teens, please call Youth Services Librarian Allyson Obermeier at (920) 892-4416, ext. 108.

Christmas Castle a success

The Salvation Army distributed toys to over 473 local families Dec. 17. Using store space donated by Memorial Mall, Salvation Army staff and volunteers organized the annual Christmas Castle. Qualified households picked up gifts donated by generous individuals and groups from the Sheboygan area.

“Of the 473 families served, 161 were adopted this year,” according to Corrie Skubal, social services director. A special thank you goes to all who supported The Salvation Army’s Christmas Castle.

PEF adds five new board members

The Plymouth Education Foundation announced the appointments of five new board members to their board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting Jan. 8.

“The Plymouth Education Foundation is honored to welcome our new board members: Dr. Clark Reinke, Brenda Dale, Lynn Kulow, Teresa Van Horn, and Teresa Suttner,” said Crystal Fieber, board president. “Our new board members have a diverse range of experiences from their work in the community and I am grateful for their commitment and service to enhance the educational experience for students enrolled in the Plymouth School District.”

The Plymouth Education Foundation also re-elected its slate of officers for their board of directors at last Wednesday’s meeting. Crystal Fieber, reelected president; Bart Halderson, re-elected vice-president; John Mueller, re-elected treasurer; and Dena Budrecki, re-elected secretary.

Also serving on the foundation’s board of directors are: Erv Golembiewski, Steve Douglas, Jamie Gambrell, Tom Wegner and Dr. Carrie Dassow.

“I am so grateful for these exceptional leaders offering their guidance and leadership to benefit our schools and our community,” said Anne Troka, executive director, Plymouth Education Foundation.

The Plymouth Education Foundation recently revitalized and expanded the impact of its organization including revising its by-laws and growing the number of its board of directors from 10-12 members to 14- 16 members. The foundation board consists of up to 13 at-large voting members, including an alumnus of Plymouth High School. The superintendent of schools, a current Plymouth School Board member, and a teacher are non-voting liaison board members.

The Plymouth Education Foundation is proactively working on the following initiatives:

• Leading a capital project, The Food Science & Agriculture Center— March 2014

• Awarding scholarships to graduating seniors, PHS Scholarship Awards Night—May 2014

• Publishing the new 2014 PHS Alumni Directory—September 2014

• Planning an annual fundraising event and auction, Celebrating Bright Futures—November 2015

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