Byram Shubert Library: Aiming to keep kids occupied during break

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Greenwich parents facing the week-long winter school vacation no longer have to worry about how to keep their children busy and entertained. The solution is a visit to the Byram Shubert Library since the library’s calendar is filled with free events to interest, educate and amuse children over the break.

On Monday, Feb. 11 at 11 a.m., the Friends of the Byram Shubert Library will present Live-Birds-of-Prey offering the chance to get up close and personal with hawks and eagles brought by members of the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehab Facility who will talk about the biology of birds and much more. At 1 p.m. that afternoon there will be Fun with Chess with Master Rich which is also funded by the Friends of the Byram Shubert Library and a monthly event is open to players of any skill level. People attending can learn the basics, improve strategies or just enjoy playing.

Tuesday, Feb. 12’s activities begin at 11 a.m. with Pre-School Story Time and Craft with Andrea. Kids and parents can hear a seasonal story and learn a craft to take home during a morning of fun and friendship. At 1 p.m. that afternoon, Let’s Jam: Jazz for Kids begins. It is the first of two 90-minute programs with a six-member jazz band led by Pete Hand, who will present an introduction to jazz. The audience will participate in making music while they learn.

On Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. a Valentine’s Day Workshop with Miss Nancy (of Miss Nancy’s Workshop on Mill Street in Byram), another Friends of the Byram Shubert Library program, will give little hands the opportunity to make creative cards for those they hold dear. At 1 p.m. that day the second Let’s Jam: Jazz for Kids provides another 90 minutes of learning to listen to and enjoy jazz.

Thursday’s program begins at 1 p.m. with A Youth Musical Showcase featuring young musicians from schools in Greenwich performing instrumental selections.

On Saturday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. an old favorite returns. The Friends of the Byram Shubert Library invite families to A Book and a Slice. Participants are invited to find a book — or bring one from home — find a quiet place and read. Participants will end their reading time with a slice of pizza.

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