At Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, Washington (not BC or DC), we have a regular line up of programming for school age children. We consider school age children to be 5 through 11 years old, though we get plenty of preschoolers and a few older siblings at these programs. Every Wednesday from 3 to 5pm we offer a different activity in our dedicated Children's Programs Room.
1st Wed - Science Sleuths
2nd Wed - Read to the Dogs
3rd Wed - Krafternoon
4th Wed - Explore Your World
and on the occasional 5th Wed - video games
Science Sleuths (now called Lab Rats) is a program based on a different STEM concept each month, often featuring "self-guided" stations and simple but flashy demonstrations and experiments.
Read to the Dogs features 3 Dove Lewis certified therapy dogs that listen to burgeoning readers for 15 minutes at a time.
Krafternoon features a craft that is either open-ended, featuring a technique or supply not common at home, or that does something.
Explore Your World is a wild card but tends to be a party with stations. In fact, we're doing away with an umbrella title for this event and advertising each 4th Wednesday with individual advertising.
Video Gaming equipment is borrowed from the library district for the
occasional 5th Wednesday. We alternate between the Wii and the Xbox 360
We also have a weekly Chess Club on Monday afternoons for one hour.
Lego Club (now called Build It!) is each Tuesday from 2 to 6pm.
Our newest addition is Funtastic Friday, held is each week from 3 to 5pm and began as a fiber arts program. It features more involved projects and skills.
And finally, once a month we also host a Family Movie Matinee on a Saturday.
This is our regular school age line up. We'll be sharing more about individual programs in coming posts, as well as our preschool programs, passive programs, storytimes, displays and more!