Series of free Tai Chi classes resumes in September

Tai ChiThe Tecumseh Public Library will host a series of exercise classes, “Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance,” with the first program set for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. After a week off, future programs will run at 6 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 2 through Dec. 11.

Participants will learn some of the basic movements of Tai Chi as a way to reduce stress while increasing balance and flexibility. The program is for people of all levels of mobility and can be performed either standing or sitting.

The classes are for ages 18 and up, and registration is required in advance. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing for the workouts.

Find an activity for your child at the library

Baby readsThe Tecumseh Public Library invites families with young children to its schedule of activities during the week.

Viva GLARt! Grow a Learner Through Art, scheduled at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, is a bilingual event combining play, art and literacy. It is geared to children up to age 5 and their caregivers.

Toddler Story Time takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, and is a morning of stories and activities for preschool age children and their caregivers.

The library continues a new series, Infant Massage, for babies up to age 1 and their caregivers. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. on five consecutive Tuesdays, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 24.

Carrie Smith, RN, with the Pottawatomie County Health Department, will lead the sessions, providing parents with information and practice on the benefits of massage for their babies. Participants should bring their child, a medium-sized blanket that can be rolled and their baby’s diaper bag.

And the Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Service visits for the program “I Can Do That! Growing Up 101” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. Children ages 6 to 11 will learn some basics of sewing, ironing and cleaning to help them as they move toward independence.

Registration is required separately for each of the events.

Wednesday brings variety of teen activities

TeensThe Tecumseh Public Library invites local teens to spend their Wednesday afternoons at the library for weekly afterschool events beginning at 4 p.m. each week.

This month’s programs are:

Oct. 4 - Minecraft, an afternoon of challenges, books and a craft based on the popular game;

Oct. 11Teens Cook Dessert, with participants making pumpkin spice cream horns;

Oct. 18Pillowcases, with the library’s STEAM Power Maker Kit of sewing machines in use to make unique pillowcases;

Oct. 25Gaming, an afternoon of both electronic and board games.

Registration is required in advance for the programs, which are for ages 12 to 17.

Therapy dog reading program coming to the library

Reading dogBeginning later this month, the Tecumseh Public Library will host a monthly time for young readers to Read to Therapy Dogs. The first editions of the program are scheduled for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 27. In November, sessions are scheduled for 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 17.

The goal of the program is to be a place for reluctant new readers to build their confidence while reading to a new furry friend who won’t try to correct them or be impatient with them. It’s been a successful program in several of the hometown libraries in PLS.

Dogs and trainers from The Doggie Spot in Shawnee will be making the monthly visits.

To sign up for a time for a child to read, call or visit the library.

Library to open an hour late Oct. 27

Open signThe Tecumseh Public Library will open an hour late, at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, so employees can participate in a staff training earlier in the morning.

All libraries in Pottawatomie County will open at 11 a.m. on Oct. 27 but then will be open for the remainder of their regular hours that day.