Things to Do over Summer Break

Attention, Parents!

If you're like me you probably struggle with how to create a magical summer for your kids. When summer turns up the heat and your brain starts to boil, it can be hard to come up with ideas to fill those long days.

Let the library help! Best of all, everything is 100% free.


Sign Up for Summer ReadingChoose Your Library Adventure 2019

Choose your library adventure with Summer Reading 2019!

May 18: Online registration begins 

June 1: Summer Reading begins and reading records available at libraries

June 29: First day to turn in reading records for final prizes 

July 14: Last day to register for Summer Reading 

July 28: Summer Reading ends, last day to pick up prizes 


Find Just the Right Book

Need help picking a book? We have a few suggestions! Check out the new Explore page to find lists of books for any age:

Picture book lists

Children's book lists

Lists for tweens

Lists for teens

(Mom or Dad need a new book? We've got you covered too!)


Come to a Program

Bring your kids to a an event and let the library do the work. Choose from a variety of programs and events designed to entertain, educate and get kids' creative juices flowing. 

Programs for Children 0-5

Programs for Children 5-8

Programs for Tweens 9-12

Programs for Teens 13-17


Use an Exploration Pass

Summer outings can be expensive, but the library offers prepaid passes to some great local destinations. Have an adventure on us!

 


Take Home a Robot

What could be cooler on a hot summer day than a robot. Put the latest technology in your child's hands by checking out a new friend!

Dot Robot[electronic Device]

Sphero 2


Plan a Party at the Library

Reserve The Forum Theatre at Koelbel Library, bring in your favorite DVD or Blu-ray and screen a movie. Or go crazy and have a karaoke party courtesy of YouTube. The Forum Theatre has a projector, Blu-ray player, microphones and all the hook ups for you personal device—you can even check out a laptop from the library! The best part is the room is soundproof* so you don't have to be afraid to turn up the volume.

*This has been thoroughly tested by 9-year-old girls hyped up on cookies, so you know it's true!


See a Movie at the Library

Check out one of the movies we're screening this summer and escape the summer heat.


Two Words: Book Club

Kids always want to do what grownups do. Your child or teen can feel just like Mom or Dad when they use a book club kit with 10 copies of a book to start their own club! Here are a few examples of the kits we offer:

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

I Am Malala

The City of Ember


Find Something to Read Without Ever Leaving Your Home

You'll feel better about their screen time when they're racking up the hours reading. Use one of our online resources for kids to find the digital books, comics and magazines your kids love.

For a fun, interactive reading experience check out Tumblebooks.


The Makerspace

Take a trip to the Castlewood Makerspace to learn to sew, make a 3D print, use the lasercutter or just about anything else you can dream up. Talk to a tech specialist if you'd like a helping hand.


The Studio

Do you have a budding star on your hands? Record a music video or make your own movie at one of our Recording Studios. Want some help to get started? Schedule time with a librarian and they'll help make your dream a reality.


Go Pro

Take home a Go Pro camera and let your kids film their summer adventures. You might be surprised by what they're up to!


Guide to Great Websites for Kids

Youth Librarians put together this great list of websites for kids to explore.


Learning for Little Ones

Have a child in the 0-5 age range? Try out one of these librarian recommended activities at home or tips and tricks to spark early learning.


Check Out a Playaway

These all-in-one devices provide hours of digital fun. They're great for road trips, waiting rooms and any other time you need help keeping kids occupied. Try out one today!

Playaway Launchpad — a tablet pre-loaded with games and activities so fun, they won't know they're learning!

Playaway View — video players that make their favorite character, show or subject come to life.

Playaway Audiobooks — audiobooks without the need to download or play a CD? Yes, please!

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