A lot of kids will be home for winter break. That leaves a lot of free time. But the Rock Island Public Library has many events for families to enjoy.
The library is open on the day after Christmas, and will be showing Christmas movies from 9:30-3 p.m. at the Downtown Library. Families are encouraged to wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater for a reward.
There is also a Harry Potter interactive movie night on Dec. 27. The movie starts promptly at 5 p.m., with packet pickup at 4:30 pm. Pre-registered kids get an interactive bag of tricks so they can play along with the movie, and there are planned-out various activities and actions that go along with the movie. That includes sorting kids into Hogwarts houses, practicing magical skills and more. You can register online or by calling library.
In January, there is a winter reading challenge for children and teens. The challenge starts Jan. 1, just in time to support resolutions to read more. It’s open to ages 0-12 and 12-18. For both age groups, it involves reading 300 minutes between Jan. 1-31. Prizes are awarded half-way and at finish. There are two ways to keep track of your minutes: print logs, available at any Rock Island Library before Jan. 1 and online, with the Beanstack Reading Challenge software and app.
There is also a Books on the Beach event with the Quad City Botanical Center. Save the date for Jan. 19 and a family “read-in” in the warmth of the botanical gardens.