Main Library
Haute Create
Friday, July 1 at (All day)

Tour a vast, underwater world and meet unusual sea creatures using a green screen. Create This! projects introduce you and your family to easy STEAM activities that require no previous experience and are completely self-directed. An iPad with a compatible app and a collection of images will be provided, but you are welcome to download the app to your device to practice with the green screen.

Watercolor of Koi fish
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Friday, July 1 at (All day)

Ages 12-19: Nishikigoi—otherwise known as koi—are colorful varieties of carp which are symbols of harmony, longevity, and positivity in Japanese culture. Relax and create an image of these beautiful fish with this paint-by-number kit.

Child in scuba gear exploring a coral reef
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Friday, July 1 at (All day)

Ages 5-11: Grab a snorkel and investigate the watery world of coral reefs. In 100 Facts: Coral Reefs by Camilla De La Bedoyere, your child will discover the complex ecosystems that thrive among the corals, how divers explore the reefs, and why these fragile habitats are under threat.

Infant dressed in shark costume
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Friday, July 1 at (All day)

Ages 0-5: It’s time to get up and dance with Baby Shark! Dancing helps your child understand how their bodies move in space, while music increases their vocabulary and reduces stress. After the music’s over, create a shark mask with your little one and practice the words to Baby Shark with Pinkfong’s Baby Shark: Chomp! book.

Sketch of an octopus
Digital Programs
Zoom
Thursday, June 16 at 1:00 pm

Ages 3–15: Your young artist can dive into the depths of the ocean with artist and illustrator Corinne Roberts and learn how to draw underwater scenes. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.

Bamboo mat with sushi-making ingredients and supplies
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Wednesday, June 1 at (All day)

Ages 12–19: The epitome of traditional Japanese dining, sushi is a delicious dish that you can make easily at home! The Simply Sushi kit contains a step-by-step instruction book by Steven Pallett, a professional sushi chef, which will introduce you to the origins of sushi, the tools and materials used to create it, and the different types of sushi, as well as activation cards for video tutorials. 

Sewn fish with felt and scissors
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Wednesday, June 1 at (All day)

Ages 5–11: Take your child on a deep dive under the sea! With the Sea Animals kit, your child will sew their own surprise sea creature, learn to draw marine life with How to Draw 101 Dolphins and Other Sea Animals by Dan Green, and discover some of the most misunderstood fish with Clownfish Aren’t So Funny by Matt Weiss.

Infant dressed up as pirate
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Wednesday, June 1 at (All day)

Ages 0–5: Put on an eyepatch, grab your tricorn hat, and create a DIY treasure map for your swashbuckling adventure! Dramatic play builds confidence, lets your child express themselves in new ways, and encourages them to share independent thoughts and ideas while they explore their emotions and surroundings. Costume pieces will be included in this kit. 

Mother reading to infant
Main Library
Youth Services Program Room
Wednesday, June 29 at 10:00 am

Ages 2-5: Start your toddler or preschooler on the path to a successful year in Kindergarten with Wiggle Worms. At Wiggle Worms, your child will build early learning skills though listening to, reading and discussing stories; practicing the alphabet; and expanding their vocabulary. They will also develop fine motor skills by performing fingerplays and body movement-based activities while learning how to cooperate with others in a group setting. Each storytime ends with a half hour session of free-play for you and your child to socialize with others.

Young girl using paper towel roll as telescope
West Branch Library
West Branch Library Shelter
Tuesday, June 28 at 11:00 am

Ages 5-11: Raise the mizzenmast and set sail with the pirates of old. Travel the high seas with Jack and Annie in Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne before you and your child try your hands at building a pirate ship and more at each storytime. You’ll even receive your own copy of Pirates Past Noon so that your family can relive your adventure at home! Please plan to attend to all four programs.

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