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Virtual Youth Programs

Little Readers Tuesday 7pm

Ages: Under 5

What are we doing?

  • Reading Picture Books (for all ages).
  • Learning activities for recognizing shapes, developing coordination, and spatial awareness.

September 1st: Emotions and Wonder

The Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

Happy and You Know It
Big Sea Star

Activity:  Developing tactile awareness through the activity Meet a Tree in the Naturalists Kit.

September 8th: Bedtime

Pout Pout Fish and the Can’t Sleep Blues by Deborah Diesen
Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

Fingerplay & Song:
Baby is out of Bed Again
Slippery Fish

Activity: What is the difference between a body at rest and a body in motion. Comparing heart rate from being active to still and think about the cues our body gives us when we are ready to go to bed. 

September 15th: Mapping a Storytime

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Seals on the bus

Activity: Spatial awareness though mapping a storytime and retelling the story.

September 22nd: Mapping Our Way Around the World!


Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosey
Check out this walking map of Boston, there is even a statue of the ducklings from this book!
Adèle & Simon by Barbara McClintock
Here is the map of Paris along with a key to where Simon lost ALLL his things!


Seals on the bus

Activity: Spatial awareness though mapping a storytime and retelling the story.

September 29th: Banned Books


The Story of Ferdinand: This classic picture book has been challenged for “promoting a pacifist agenda.” They were even burned in Nazi Germany.

Hop On Pop: This Dr. Seuss book was challenged at the Toronto Public Library in 2014 for inciting violence. The complainant also wanted an apology from the librarians to all fathers in the Toronto area and for the library to “pay for damages resulting from the book,” the letter stated. Members of the review committee decided to retain the books, saying that it was designed to engage children and that the story actually advises children against hopping on their fathers

It’s a Book: It’s a Book was challenged but retained at the Edmonton Public Library in 2013. The book is about book-loving monkey, a tech-savvy donkey and a straight-talking little mouse. The very last word of the book, directed at the donkey, is the perhaps a little too accurate (for some) term, “jackass.”

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories was banned from an elementary school in Prince Rupert, B.C. in 2012 due to a quote from the book being too political: “I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here on the bottom, we too should have rights.” 

Want to read more challenge picture books? Check out this list by the Edmonton Public Library!

STEAM-ers Thursday 7pm

Ages: Under 12 with parental support, 12+ independently.

What are we doing?

  • Science based projects! In September our focus is on Naturalists & Explorers.
  • Pick up kits from the library.
  • Watch videos Thursdays at 7pm to dig deeper into the science.

Meet the Take and Make Kits

Click here to view or print entire Naturalists packet with Meet a Tree handout.
Click here to view or print the entire Explorer packet with mapping handouts.

September 3rd: Bird Feeders (Naturalists Kit)

Welcome back to fall “virtual” programming. Pick up a Naturalists kit and this week watch how to make a bird feeder and learn how to ID birds on this Cornell website  or find extra resources from the Durango Birders webpage.

September 10th: Taxonomy (Naturalist Kit)

Join us tonight at 7pm to puzzle out how we can sort these imaginary pond snails by how they look. All these materials are in the Naturalist Kit & on our website
This is a STEAM activity that gets kids thinking like Biologists!
If you are interested in learning more about species check out this video from the Amoeba Sisters.  You can find out more about ring species from Berkeley. 

September 17th: Compass (Explorers Kit)

Check out how to make your own compass and get a sneak peek at our first STEAM checkout kits!

September 24th: Mapping (Explorers Kit)

Today we take maps for granted, but there was a day when you walked out your door and Siri wasn’t there to give you directions to the nearest Starbucks… OR EVEN A STARBUCKS! 

Wanna know more about how maps have changed through time? Why is north at the top of a map? When was the first map of the Americas and HOW much did the US pay for it?!?!

Thanks to the Atlantic for  inspiring me through their article on the 12 most important maps in history.

Bedtime Stories M,W,F 7pm

Ages: Upper Elementary

What are we doing?

  • We will be reading chapter books. 
  • Our first book is Into the Wild from the Warrior Cat Series by Erin Hunter.
  • Epic adventures. Fierce warrior cats. A thrilling fantasy world. It all begins here!

Map of the Clan Territories!


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9