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‘Chillvibes’

Peter White Public Library hosts weekly calming activities

MARQUETTE — The weekly program “Chillvibes” at Peter White Public Library in Marquette does have a certain vibe about it — and it’s not about making kids rambunctious.

The after-school program takes place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Youth Services Great Room.

Mary Harma, Youth Services assistant, leads the program.

“It is quiet, mindful activity for children and their family,” Harma said.

The event is for all ages, but she noted kids over 8 years old may come alone.

Whatever the age, youngsters — who undoubtedly can benefit from quiet time now and then — will listen to peaceful, classical music while playing with sensory toys such as Play-Doh. There also are little sensory tents where kids can chill out and read a book.

LEGOs and a puzzle are other toys on hand that typically don’t make too much of a ruckus.

“I change to a different method toy every week,” Harma said, with Play-Doh the item of choice on Tuesday.

There also are many different types of coloring books for kids as well as adults — yet another quiet activity.

Harma said the event happens every Tuesday in the fall, and every other Tuesday in the spring.

Charlie Hawkins, 6, of Negaunee was one of the kids taking part in the calming, family-friendly activities, particularly focusing on his LEGO creation that came with a wheel, a laser shooter and other features.

He was having such a good time that he expressed gratitude to his adult caretaker for letting him stay a little longer.

“Thank you for letting me have five minutes,” Charlie said.

For information on Chillvibes and other youth programs, call the Children’s Desk at 906-226-4323 or visit www.pwpl.info.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is cbleck@miningjournal.net.