Person writing "Let your dream be bigger than your fears" in calligraphy
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Monday, August 1 at (All day)

Design hand-lettered cards, invitations, or certificates with just the stroke of a pen! In this month’s Eco-Kit, you will receive all the tools you need to learn the basics of calligraphy and practice your strokes, including Erica Tighe’s Written by Hand, which will guide you through the anatomy of letters and explore the tools needed to create beautiful handwriting.

Close-up of shoes walking across log
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Monday, August 1 at (All day)

Ages 12-19: Spend the last days of summer exploring nature, creating art, and increasing scientific knowledge with this month’s Teen Take & Make Kit. In Barbora Kurcova’s 52 Nature Craft Projects, you’ll learn how to make inspiring art, gifts, and decorations with natural materials, while The Pocket Scavenger by Keri Smith will encourage you to see the world as a source of inspiration, and Darlene Cavalier’s The Field Guide to Citizen Science will teach you how to expand scientific knowledge as part of a large community of informal researchers.

Little girl looking at walking stick in a jar
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Monday, August 1 at (All day)

Ages 6-11: Experience nature with your child—whether you’re in a city, a park, or your own yard! Build your own wind chime for a relaxing outdoor melody, create a temporary home for backyard bugs, and find more to do outside in the Exploring Nature Activity Book for Kids.

Young boy reaching out to touch moss on a tree
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Monday, August 1 at (All day)

Ages 0-5: Play outside this summer with books and activities from the Outdoor Adventures kit and develop your child’s life-long love of nature! Take your set of Out and About: Flashcards for Journeys on your outdoor adventure and help your child identify the things they see, explore city life with Christopher Franceshelli’s Cityblock, and dig into the Underground with Denise Fleming.

Close up of caprese salad
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Tuesday, July 19 at (All day)

Try your hand at the art of cheese-making with one of the easiest cheeses to create at home: mozzarella. Non-perishable supplies will be included—you just need to supply the milk. When your cheese is ready to eat, add tomato, basil, and a bit of olive oil to enjoy a simple, refreshing, and classic Italian salad! Visit bit.ly/vcpl_flavor to follow along with an instructional video.

Sea monster underwater
Digital Programs
Thursday, July 7 at 1:00 pm

Ages 3-15: Artist and illustrator Corinne Roberts returns to teach young artists how to draw their own fascinating sea creatures! No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided. Register to receive a kit while supplies last and Zoom link.

Example of paper quilling
Main Library
Pickup at South Entrance
Friday, July 1 at (All day)

Thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt, paper quilling gained popularity in the Renaissance and flourished throughout the 18th century on decorative boxes, picture frames, and furniture. Today, quilling is seeing a resurgence in popularity and can be found on wedding invitations, holiday cards, and scrapbook pages. Try this beautiful art form and turn paper strips into intricate designs with the centuries-old art of paper quilling.

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.

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