The Kent County Public Library, 497 S. Red Haven Lane, Dover, will offer free programs and special events during January.
— Preschool story time: 10 a.m. Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Preschoolers can join for a special themed story time followed by a related craft.
— Job Centers & Inspiration Space: 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 2, 9 and 16. Jump start a job search with free walk-in career advice from job specialist Jean Pepper.
— CoderDojo: 6 p.m. Jan. 2 and 16. Ages 8-12 can learn skills like website building and app and game building and explore technology in an informal and social environment. Participants should bring their own laptop; a limited number will be available for use, first-come, first-served. Must register: 744-1919, tinyurl.com/kcplevents.
— Arts & Letters Book Club: 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3. Join a discussion group on books related to the various arts. See a staff member for this month’s selected book.
— “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3. The library is celebrating the birthday of author J.R.R. Tolkien with a special film screening on the 180-degree projection screen. Ages 10 and older.
— Tween/Teen Lego Club: 6 p.m. Jan. 3. Ages 10-17 will be presented with a Lego challenge to build something that will be displayed in the library. Lego and Duplo blocks provided. Must register: 744-1919, tinyurl.com/kcplevents.
— Gymnastics story time: 10 a.m. Jan. 5. Preschoolers are encouraged to join Gymstarz
Gymnastics for a special story time along with basic movement and gymnastics instruction.
— Foodies Book Club: 2 p.m Jan. 8. Join a discussion group on books related to food. See a staff member for this month’s selected book.
— Lunchtime Yoga: Noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5 and 26 and March 5 and 19 (six sessions). A midday session of gentle yoga stretches and relaxation, designed for beginners, that promises to be easy, noncompetitive, nonstrenuous and restorative. Participants need to bring a yoga mat or large towel. For ages 16 and older. Limited space; must register: 744-1919, tinyurl.com/kcplevents.
— Girls Who Code: 6 p.m. Jan. 10 and 24. Girls age 13 and older will learn coding languages and explore computer science technology. Participants should bring their own laptop; a limited number will be available for use, first-come, first-served. Must register: 744-1919, tinyurl.com/kcplevents.
— Eating Smart, Being Active: 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 11, 18 and 25 and Feb. 1. The Delaware State University Cooperative Extension Expanded Food & Nutrition Program can help start the new year with tips, recipes and exercise for a more healthful life. Participants age 16 and older will receive a graduation package at the end of the four-week program. Limited space; must register: 744-1919, tinyurl.com/kcplevents.
— Painted Wine Glass: 6 p.m. Jan. 11. Toast the new year by painting an artistic design on a wine glass. All supplies included. There is a $10 nonrefundable materials fee
that must be paid at time of registration, cash or check only. Must register by Jan. 4: tinyurl.com/kcplevents.
— Learn to Play Dulcimer: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 19 and 26. Local folk musician Frances Johnson will introduce new students age 16 and older — and those looking to brush up on their skills — to basics of the mountain dulcimer. “Loaner” dulcimers will be available for use during the three-week program. Must register: 744-1919, tinyurl.com/kcplevents.
— Toddler dance party: 10 a.m. Jan. 17. Preschoolers can join Meredith from Unbranded Dance for a special story time featuring basic movement and dance instruction.
— All About Art: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Ages 8-12 can learn more about the history of various art techniques and create their own projects in that style. Must register: 744-1919, tinyurl.com/kcplevents.
— Halfway to Summer Luau Party: 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 20. Featuring crafts, activities, hula dancing with Kumu Hula Bob and steel drum music provided by Steel Happiness. Hawaiian shirts are encouraged.
— Teen Writers Group: 3 p.m. Jan. 27. Join local author L.S. King for a writing session tailored to young aspiring authors. Talk to a published author, discover writing tips and develop talent. Must register: 744-1919, tinyurl.com/kcplevents.