Kids Activities

(RR) = Registration Required     (NR) = No Registration Required
Register for programs at the Kid's Circulation Desk or by contacting Katie: 309-446-9575 or khahn@brimfieldlibrary.org

Virtual Programs
Facebook Live Storytime with Sam Huber (NR)
Ages 0-5
Tuesdays 10:00-10:15

Join new Youth Services Librarian Sam Huber for toddler friendly songs, rhymes, and stories every week on the library's Facebook page.  Can't watch at 10:00? We'll leave the recording up for you as long as the publishers allow.

Video Game Design with Makey Makey (RR)
Grades 4-6
Tuesday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 13 6:30-7:30 on Zoom

Design your own version of Space Invaders in Scratch and build game controllers using a Makey Makey kit.  During the first Zoom session on October 6, you will build your controllers and learn how to modify and play an exisiting game built in Scratch.  During the second session on October 13, you will build a new game from the ground up.  To participate, you need a computer or laptop with Internet access.  Register to receive the Zoom link and reserve a Makey Makey kit and supplies to make your controllers.  Kits will be available for checkout and pickup September 28-October 6.  Makey Makey components need to be returned to the library by October 20.

Exploring Electrical Circuits with Tinkercad and Breadboards (RR)
Grades 6-8
Tuesday, October 20 6:30-7:30 on Zoom

Model a virtual electrical circuit in Tinkercad and then build one in real life with a breadboard.  During this Zoom session, you will learn how to make a LED light turn on and a motor spin.  To participate, you need a computer or laptop with Internet access.  Register to receive the Zoom link and reserve your Breadboard kit.  Kits will be available for checkout and pickup October 12-20.  Breadboards and components need to be returned to the library by October 27.  

To-Go Programs
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (RR)
Ages 0-5
Improve your child's early literacy skills while strengthening your bond. Keep track of the books you read with your child using our reading log or the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App and let us help you celebrate reading milestones. Enroll in this at-your-own-pace program by picking up a packet with more information at the Kid's Circulation Desk. 

Storytime To-Go (NR)
Ages 3-6
Missing Storytime? Pick up a kit with fingerplays, rhymes, activities, craft supplies, and book suggestions, so you can do a Storytime at home! New themes are available the 1st and 15th of each month beginning September 15.  Don't forget to check out the display books that go with the theme, or request that library staff include a few with your curbside pickup! Kits avaialbe while supplies last. 

Take-It, Make-It Kits (NR)
Ages 6-18
Take home a Take-it, Make-it kit today! Beginning September 15, we will have new activities on the 1st and 15th of each month.  Pick up or request a STEM Kit geared towards Elementary aged children, an Art Kit geared towards Elementary aged children, and/or a Teen DIY Kit! Kits available while supplies last.

In-Person Programs
Monthly Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (NR)
All Ages
September - Dragons
October - Harry Potter

Can you find the characters hidden outside around the library? Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Kid's Circulation Desk or request one through Curbside Pickup.  Return your scavenger hunt sheet for a small prize.

Make-it Messtival (RR)
All Ages
Thursday, September 3, 2:00-6:00 - Tie Dye Bandanas
Thursday, September 17 2:00-6:00 - Marble Paper
Thursday, October 1 2:00-6:00 - DIY Buttons and Magnets
Thursday, October 15 2:00-6:00 - String Art
Thursday, October 29 2:00-6:00 - Slime

Join us on the green space across from the library next to the Village Hall for fun and messy projects. Sign up for a time slot as a family or small group by calling the library or e-mailing Katie.  Social distancing will be practiced - masks not required. 

Saturday Stories with Katie Hahn (NR)
September 12, September 26, October 10, & October 24 10:00-10:30
Join Youth Services Librarian katie Hahn for songs, signs, and stories at Brimfield Park.  Stories will be geared for ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome! Bring a blanket for your family to sit on.  Social distancing will be practiced - masks not required. 

Chalk the Walk (NR)
All Ages
Wednesday, September 23 1:00-4:00

Help us decorate our sidewalks for Autumn! Come to the Kid's Circulation Desk or call for curbside delivery of a bag of sidewalk chalk anytime between 1:00 and 4:00.  Then decorate a sidewalk square by yourself or as a family.

Sphero Robot Bridge Challenge (RR)
Grades 4-8
Thrusday, September 24 2:00-4:00

Can you design and construct a bridge from recycled materials that can support a Sphero robot and then program the robot to safely cross your bridge? Aspiring engineers and programmers are invited to join us on the green space across from the library next to the Village Hall for this fun activity.  Limited to 6 participants.  Social distancing will be practiced - masks not required. 

Splashy Stones Scavenger Hunt (NR)
All Ages
Monday, September 28 - Friday, October 16

Paint a rock to make your own splashy stone! Return your painted stone to the library, so we can include it in our Scavenger Hunt, and then see if you can find all the painted stones for a chance to win a prize!
To Participate:
September 28 - October 8: Pick up stones and paint to decorate at home.
October 9: Return any stones you would like to be in the Scavenger Hunt to the library by the time we close. You may bring them back before October 9 as well!
October 12-16: Pick up a Scavenger Hunt sheet and participate in the outdoor hunt for the Splashy Stones!
October 16: Return your Scavenger Hunt sheet to the library before we close to be entered to win a gift certificate to Rookies! 
October 19: Winner announced.

International Dot Day Storywalk (NR)
Tuesday, September 15 - Tuesday, September 29
Celebrate International Dot Day while walking, reading, and being silly.  The pages of The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds will be showcased outside the library and will feature different activities to do while you walk from page to page.

Halloween Storytwalk (NR)
Monday, October 26 - Monday, November 2
Are you ready for Halloween? Join us for a Halloween themed Storywalk! The pages of a book will be showcased outside the library and will feature a diferent activity to do while you walk from page to page.

 

 

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Project Next Generation:
Imagine, Innovate, Inspire (RR)

Ages 10-18

Interested in Virtual Reality, Game Design, Robotics, Videography, Photography, 3D Printing, and other STEAM related topics? Find out more about upcoming workshops and maker events here.