Kids Summer Learning Program 2021: Tails & Tales

Summer will still look a little bit different this year, but we are gearing up to offer another great Summer Learning Program! Tails and Tales is the theme for 2021, and that means a lot of animal stories, crafts and activities! We’ll be offering a wide variety of programs this summer to encourage animal exploration: family art projects, outside STEAM activities, nature days, and much more! Educational content will be shared online by our staff members. We’ll offer art kits, crafts, and experiments for families to pick up and take home. We will also offer outdoor activities with our zine creation program, diversity book group for young adults, and early childhood story times. Get ready for some summer fun!

This year, you can log the books and activities you’ve completed throughout the summer using Beanstack!
Beanstack can be accessed through a portal on our website or downloaded as an app to your device. Beanstack allows users to log the books they’ve read, complete activities, and earn virtual badges and tickets for prize raffles.
There will be a diverse group of gift card prizes to choose from, so we encourage every member of the family to participate! You can click here to get started or for more information about Beanstack and how you can turn your summer learning into prizes. If you need assistance with registration or using Beanstack in general, please contact any of our staff members and we will be happy to help you.

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Mondays, June 14 – August 2
Every Monday, families will be able to enjoy kits from our makerspace! Each week will have a take-home kit available for lobby pickup, and an instructional video available online. Please call or register online to reserve a kit, and note that each week is requested separately.
June 14:  Paper Cup Weaving: Use a small paper cup and twine to create a mini woven container. Register here.
June 21:  Friendship Bracelets: Learn different knotting techniques to create a bracelet. Register here.
June 28:  CD Vase: Create a shiny, reflective vase. Register here.
July 6:  Mermaid Tail Keychain: Use braiding techniques to make a mermaid fin keychain. Register here.
July 12:  Shell Necklace: Make a summery necklace with mini cowrie shells. Register here.
July 19:  Amigurumi Jellyfish (Part One): Learn how to start crocheting a small jellyfish. Register here (for both parts).
July 26:  Amigurumi Jellyfish (Part Two): Put the finishing touches on your crocheted jellyfish.
August 2:  Felt Flower Crown: Create a festive, floral crown with felt and ribbon. Register here.

Tuesdays, June 15 – August 3
Simple, collaborative paper art projects for the whole family to enjoy. This year, our weekly prompts are based on animal-like creatures from mythology and folklore! Each week will have a take-home kit available for lobby pickup, and an instructional video available online. Please call or register online to reserve a kit, and note that each week is requested separately.
June 15:  Kraken Register here.
June 22: Nekomata Register here.
June 29:  Yeti Register here.
July 6:  Cerberus Register here.
July 13:  Anansi Register here.
July 20:  Moon Hare Register here.
July 27:  Phoenix Register here.
August 3:  Dragon Register here.

Learn about dinosaurs and whales this summer at Natureology, presented by Tony Palermo! These programs are weather permitting and will be rescheduled if rained out. Please bring a camping chair or blanket to sit on during the program. Because this is a children’s program, masks will be required when around others.
Tuesday, June 15 at 4:30 PM: Dinosaurs: Strange, gigantic creatures roamed Pittsburgh millions of years ago, some more than 100 feet long from nose to tail. Register here.
Tuesday, July 13 at 4:30 PM: Whales: Larger than dinosaurs, these mammals evolved from cat-sized landlubbers 50 million years ago into ocean-going swimmers. Register here.

Wednesdays, June 16 – August 4, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Join us outside on Wednesday afternoons for STEAM activities, weather permitting. Because this is a children’s program, masks and registration are required.
June 16: Candle Making: Melt wax and learn pouring techniques to make simple candles. Register here.
June 23: Poured Resin: Use resin to encapsulate a small animal figurine. Register here.
June 30: Camp Cooking: Join us outside to cook up a few camping favorites. Register here.
July 7: Nail & String Art: Use a hammer and nails to create a shape outline in wood that can be decorated with colorful string. Register here.
July 14: Clay Modeling: Create a clay figurine to take home and bake. Register here.
July 21: Soap Making: Choose different colors and scents  for your own bar of soap. Register here.
July 28: Cardboard Creations: Use cardboard and other recycled materials to create a unique gadget. Register here.
August 4: Silkscreen Printing: Learn the basics of silkscreen printing. You can even bring a t-shirt to print your own design on. Register here.

Wednesdays & Thursdays, June 16 – August 5 at 10:30 AM
Come and enjoy some toys and games before the start of our outside family story time! This program is an outside
event, and weather permitting. Please bring a camping chair or blanket to sit comfortably sit on our side lawn, and bring a rattle or noise making toy as well! Because this is a children’s program, masks will be required when around others. Register here:
Wednesday, June 16 or Thursday, June 17
Wednesday, June 23 or Thursday, June 24
Wednesday, June 30 or Thursday, July 1
Wednesday, July 7 or Thursday, July 8
Wednesday, July 14 or Thursday, July 15
Wednesday, July 21 or Thursday, July 22
Wednesday, July 28 or Thursday, July 29
Wednesday, August 4 or Thursday, August 5

Thursdays, June 17 – August 5 at 1:00 PM
NTRLZINE is based on the DIY aesthetic of online magazines, and made to share creative works from our community as a scrapbook of our Summer Learning Program. This program is open to all ages and abilities. Each week, we will gather outside for an all-ages instruction and brainstorming session. Submissions will be compiled and published virtually at the end of the summer. Feel free to participate remotely, too! Take a photo and share your contributions with us on Facebook or send an email to:
June 17: Libraries Are For…: Use words, pictures, and illustrations to create your own page about what libraries represent to you.
June 24: Collage & Button Making: Assemble words and pictures to collage a new whole! You may also use supplies to make your own button.
July 1: Journaling: Join us for prompts and an introduction to journaling.
July 8: Art & Doodles: Good or bad, we want to see your artistic creations! We’ll have tips and activities to help you start doodling.
July 15: Top Ten List: Create a top-ten list of your favorite books, movies, artists, and songs.    
July 22: Recipes: Share your family recipes, party dishes, or dinner ideas with us. We’ll have recipe cards on hand if you want to design your own copy.
July 29: Share Your Talent or Hobby: Show us your hidden talent, or tell us about your favorite hobby!
August 5: Photographs: Show us what great moments you’ve captured, and submit your best photos from this summer.

Fridays, June 18 – August 6
Explore nature all around you, with help from Master Naturalists Verna McGinley and Lauren Schricker! Learn about our world from the tiny insects below our feet to the stars so far above us. Watch the videos here or on our Facebook page. Weekly videos will include:
June 18: Summer Night Skies
June 25: Dinosaurs, Rocks, and Fossils
July 2: What’s in the Water?
July 9: Native Americans: Respect the Earth
July 16: Plants, Trees, and How Seeds Move
July 23: Never Say Ugh to a Bug
July 30: Birds
August 6: Rabbits and Rodents

Every other week the library will set up a community-created art installation. Library visitors will have the chance to add an element to every project when they visit the library.
Week of June 14:  Kindness Tree
Week of June 28:  Love Chain
Week of July 12:  Lego Community
Week of July 26:  1000 Paper Cranes

Each activity will be available at the round table near the teen area during library hours. There will  be one new activity each week for all members of the family.
June 14 – June 19: Animal Coloring Pages: Enjoy a selection of coloring pages, pens, and markers to spend some time coloring.
June 21 – June 26: Ideal Pet: Write what your ideal pet would be. It can be an animal, mythical creature, or a combination!
June 28 – July 3: Animal Pattern: Use cutout shapes given to create patterns on paper.
July 6 – July 10: Animal Story: Tell a three-panel story featuring animals. Use a template to draw a comic and add dialogue.
July 12 – July 17: Animal Poem: Use your poetic skills to write a short poem about an animal that you like.
July 19 – July 24: A Tail for Your Unicorn: Use paper to create a colorful tail for your horse or unicorn.
July 26 – July 31: Best Animal Book Ever: Tell us about your favorite book that features animals.
August 2 – August 6: Thumbprint Animals: Use the inkpads, markers, and paper we provide to make animals using your fingerprints.

Dress up for our weekly outfit theme challenge! Send us a picture of your outfit through email ( or Facebook, and maybe you’ll see yourself on our website or Facebook page.
Week of June 14:  Dress up as a community hero (nurse, teacher, paramedic, firefighter, etc.)
Week of June 21:  Dress as your favorite book character.
Week of June 28:  Red, White, and Blue! Show your love for America.
Week of July 6:  Wear something from your favorite sports team or show gear from a sport you play.
Week of July 12:  Wear your coolest beach outfit to the library.
Week of July 19:  Grab the craziest hat you can find at home and wear it to check out your books.
Week of July 26:  Dress as your favorite fantastical creature or character.
Week of August 2:  Wear animal prints, or clothes with pictures of animals on them.

Try out a new book, sight unseen! Borrow a wrapped package with a surprise book inside, and see what exciting new adventure is waiting for you!

Saturday, August 7, 11 AM – 2 PM
Come celebrate the end of our Summer Learning Program! Arrive at 11:00 AM  for an outdoor disco party. We’ll have crafts, snacks, games, and our bouncy castle! There will be tons of activities for the entire community to celebrate this accomplishment together.

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