Children and teens are invited to celebrate their love for the library during February at the Alliance Public Library.

There will be a month-long reading contest for preschool-12th grades running Feb. 1-28. The grand prize is $100 in Chamber Bucks, and participants will receive a smaller prize for each entry form they complete and turn in. There are 3 age levels, with different requirements for each: Preschool-2nd grade will read five books for one entry while 3rd-5th graders will read three books and 6th-12 graders will read one book. Students may enter more than once. Entry forms and complete rules are available at the library circulation desk.

Younger children, pre-school through second grade, will also be able to hunt for the Valentine in the library each day from Feb. 4-14. The Valentine will be hidden one time each day, Monday-Friday, and the child who finds it can take it to the circulation desk for a prize.

There will also be an opportunity for arts and crafts: On Friday, Feb. 15, KAB will be at the library to help make piggy banks from plastic bottles. This activity is open to children of all ages, with those six and younger needing a responsible caretaker to help them.

Finally, students in grades 6-12 are invited to sign up for a watercolor class, using Skillshare videos. The class will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 4 and 11, March 4 and 11. The class will cover basic washes as well as drawing with pen and coloring in with watercolor. Each student will leave with a finished project and the materials to continue watercolor on their own. There is a cost of $20 for materials and the class is limited to 10 students. Registration is available at the circulation desk.

For information, contact Elaine Bleisch, Children and Youth Services Librarian at 762-1387 or ebleisch@cityofalliance.net, or follow the Alliance Public Library Facebook page.

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