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

 

In-Person Programs

Book Babies (RR)
Ages 0-3
Thursdays 10:00-10:30am

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and join Katie for songs, rhymes, and stories in the park. Masks are not required but we will be practicing social distancing. In an effort to create a safe in-person experience, the library will provide each family with a bag that includes handouts and props we will use during our songs and rhymes.  

3D Design: Tower Challenge (RR)
Grades 4-6
Thursday, September 30 3:30-4:30
Show off your engineering skills. Work alone or with your friends to build the tallest tower you can using plastic filament extruded from 3D Pens. (PNG)

3D Design: Creepy Creations (RR)
Grades 4-6
Thursday, October 28 3:30-4:30
Channel your creativity and create creepy creatures and other Halloween inspired creations using the library's 3D pens. (PNG)

Monarch Madness: Ramen Romp! (RR)
Grades K-3
Wednesday, September 8 4:00-5:00pm

Join us for fun, monthly events based on one or more of this year's 20 Illinois Monarch Reader's Choice Award books. Participation in the Monarch Madness Reading Challenge is not required. Meet us on the green space across from the library for crafts and games using Instant Ramen as we celebrate the book Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang. This event is part of our Monarch Madness Reading Challenge. For information on the reading challenge, see below.

Monarch Madness: Superhero Escape Room (RR)
Grades K-3
Wednesday, October 6 4:00-5:00pm

Join us for fun, monthly events based on one or more of this year's 20 Illinois Monarch Reader's Choice Award books. Participation in the Monarch Madness Reading Challenge is not required. Can you rescue yourself and keep your superhero powers from being locked away forever? Find out at our outdoor escape room based on Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! by Kara West. For information on the reading challenge, see below. 

Monarch Madness Reading Challenge:
Make your voice heard! Each year Illinois librarians and teachers nominate 20 books for a K-3rd grade Reader's choice Award. Read 5 or more of the 20 books to be eligible to vote at our March Voting Party. Log your reading through Beanstack to earn digital badges and small prizes. 

Bluestem Buzz: Art Museum Escape Room (RR)
Grades 3-5
Wednesday, September 22 4:00-5:00pm

Join us for fun, monthly events based on one or more of this year's 20 Illinois Bluestem Reader's Choice Award books. Participation in the Bluestem Buzz Reading Challenge is not required. Can you find the missing painting before the thief walks off with it? Find out at our outdoor escape room based on Framed by James Ponti. For more information on the reading challenge, see below. 

Bluestem Buzz: Rube Goldberg Challenge (RR)
Grades 3-5
Wednesday, October 20 4:00-5:00pm

Join us for fun, monthly events based on one or more of this year's 20 Illinois Bluestem Reader's Choice Award books. Participation in the Bluestem Buzz Reading Challenge is not required. Can you create a Rube Goldberg Machine to water plants like the Vanderbeekers did in The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser? For more information on the reading challenge, see below. 

Bluestem Buzz Reading Challenge:
Your opinion matters! Each year Illinois librarians and teachers nominate 20 books for a 3rd-5th grade Reader's Choice Award. Read 5 or more of the 20 books to be eligible to vote at our March Voting Party. Log your reading through Beanstack to earn digital badges and small prizes. 

Photography Club (RR)
Grades 4-6

Tuesday September 14 4:00-5:00 - Camera basics & Club Goals
Tuesday, October 12 4:00-5:00 - Outdoor Photography 

Join photography and educator Angie Sneeringer for fun sessions that will help you develop and improve your camera skills. Come to the first session and share the topics you want to cover during future club meetings. Don't have a digital camera? Use one of the library's. (PNG)

Zombie Escape Room (RR)
Recommended for Ages 8+
October 25-30
Grab your friends and family and try to stop the Zombie Apocalypse in its tracks by finding the cure that has been locked away. Sign up for a 30 minute time slot and save the world!

Indoor Scavenger Hunt (NR)
All Ages
September - Wildlife
October - Jack-O-Lanterns

Can you find the pictures hidden around the library? Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Kid's Circulation Desk. Return your scavenger hunt sheet for a small prize. 

Outdoor Tale Trek (NR)
All Ages
September
October

Enjoy a new Tale Trek each month! The pages of a book will be showcased outside the library and will feature a different activity to do while you walk from page to page. 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (RR)
Ages 0-5
Reading with your newborn, infant, or toddler is not only a great way to help them become a successful reader later in life, but is also a fun way to bond with your child.  If you read just one book a night, you will read about 365 books in one year - at that rate you will reach 1,000 books in under 3 years!

Does your child want to read the same book again and again? The same book counts every time you read it! Is a sibling or caregiver reading with your child? That counts too! Keep track of the books you read with your child through Beanstack's online platform or app.  Create an account or log on at brimfieldlibrary.beanstack.org.  Don't have a way to access the Internet? Come in and pick up a paper version of challenge. Let us help you celebrate as you reach reading milestones - earn digital badges and fun prizes!

Astronomy Club - Coming Soon!
Grades 4-12
Date T.B.D.
Due to shipping delays our new telescope is not slated to arrive until the end of September. Be on the lookout for information regarding fall astronomy events led by experts from the Peoria Astronomical Soceity on our website and social media pages. 

To-Go Programs
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. 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! 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. Want to reserve a kit? Call the circulation desk at 309-446-9575.

Online Resources

NoveList Plus K-8 - Link to Search

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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.