Kids & Tweens

Emily and Amber at Avery Beach

Interested in reading picture books outdoors?

We've an activity just for you! Outdoor Storytime where we read picture books, sing songs, learn rhymes, play bounces and finger plays, and shaker songs and scarf songs. Perfect for kids ages 0-6 with their parent/caregiver.

Sign up for a 20-minute session of Outdoor Storytimes at Avery Beach!

Sign up!  Space is limited - 3 families per time slot.

Safe physical distancing protocols apply.

A THIRD SESSION IS ADDED!

(PS. Dress for the weather.  In case of rain, we set up under the shelter!)

 Dates & Times
Session One

Fridays: Sept 18, Sept 25, Oct 2, & Oct 9

10:00-10:20 AM - FILLED!   Choose from the other time slot and/or look for Session Two!

10:40- 11:00 AM - THIS FILLED QUICKLY!  Choose another time slot!

11:20-11:40 AM

*Limit of three families per time slot

Session Two

Fridays: Oct 16, Oct 23 & Oct 30

10:00-10:20 AM - WOW! This session filled quickly! 

10:40-11 AM - Yay!  This time slot filled up super fast!

11:20-11:40 AM - HURRY!   Just one spot left!!

*Limit of three families per time slot

Session THREE

Fridays: Nov 6, 13 & 20

10:00-10:20 AM

10:40-11:00 AM | Thanks, everyone!  This session is now full!

*Limit of three families per time slot

 How to Sign Up

Contact Youth Services Librarian Amber by email, or phone to leave a voicemail at 705-789-5232 ext. 3406, with your requested session and time.

Amber will respond by email or phone to let you know about space availability.  She may need a few more details to complete the registration process.  If the spaces is already full, you are added to the wait list.

Contact Information for Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian

 What to Expect
  • Outdoor Storytime offered to 3 families at a time.
  • Participants are informed to stay home if a family member is feeling unwell. Stay home if you have travelled internationally in the last 14 days prior to the program date.
  • Participants must social distance from other families. Hula hoops are placed on the ground to help indicate physical distancing and sanitized between Outdoor Storytime time slots.
  • Library staff wear masks/face coverings.
  • Singing is permitted outdoors with 2-meter physical distancing in place.
  • Participants are requested to bring their own shakers and scarves for songs.
Participants are asked to leave the Outdoor Storytime area at Avery Beach soon after the end of their session. We must sanitize the Hula hoops and prepare to welcome the next small group of 3 families.

Come to Virtual Storytime!

Join Amber McNair, HPL's Youth Services Librarian, for Virtual Storytime.

She uses the online communication platform Zoom so everyone can see, laugh, and chat with on another.

Virtual Storytime is a time where we read picture books and sing songs. There are rhymes to say, too! We play bounces, finger plays, and do the scarf song. Sometimes there's jumping.  Sometimes there's actions to do along with the songs. Have your shakers and scarves ready!

Let's read together (virtually)!  Perfect for children ages 0-6 and their parents/caregivers.

Thursdays | 11:00 - 11:30 AM

 How To Participate
Great to have you here!  Follow these steps to get on the email list!
  • Email Amber McNair.
  • Download the Zoom app
  • Sign in with the Zoom Meeting ID or link, along with a password, emailed to you by Amber McNair. Get added to the email list to receive weekly meeting details - email Amber McNair.
  • Please, have a facecloth, small piece of fabric or thin scarf available to participate in the educational scarf songs!
Zoom Update

In order to follow Zoom security recommendations, we implemented selective meeting invitations, a required password and the waiting room feature.

A parent/caregiver of the Virtual Storytime participant(s) receives a weekly email from Amber McNair with meeting details. The email contains the Zoom Meeting ID and link, along with the required meeting password. When joining the Zoom meeting, participants first enter a waiting room, and the meeting host will allow entry. 

Join us! Get added to the email list to receive weekly meeting details.

Email Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, for more information.

It's time to get building! You and your family are invited to join us for a virtual activity of LEGO building!

All you need is some space, an Internet connection and computer or mobile device, a bucket of LEGO, and imagination!

Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, hosts Virtual LEGO Builders Club with a unique build challenge each time. Join a private Zoom meeting with your kids to share, show and describe what they build!

Get it on your calendar!  

 How To Participate
 Find out the weekly build challenge - email Amber McNair.
  • Build with LEGO at home before Virtual LEGO Builders Club or during the program
  • Download the Zoom app on your mobile device.
  • Sign in with the Zoom Meeting ID or link, along with a password, emailed to the participant's parent/caregiver. Get added to the email list to receive weekly meeting details - email Amber McNair.
  • Hey, kids! During the virtual activity, build your design, and see what other kids have built.  You can share and describe your creation!
Zoom Update

In order to follow Zoom security recommendations, we implemented selective meeting invitations, a required password and the waiting room feature.

A parent/caregiver of the Virtual Storytime participant(s) receives a weekly email from Amber McNair with meeting details. The email contains the Zoom Meeting ID and link, along with the required meeting password. When joining the Zoom meeting, participants first enter a waiting room, and the meeting host will allow entry. 

 

Join us! Get added to the email list to receive weekly meeting details .

Email Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian.

 Here are all the Upcoming Dates and Challenges!

Tuesday, October 20 at 4:15 PM

Build Challenge: Construction Site Things

 

Tuesday, October 27, at 4:15 PM

Build Challenge: Board Game Things

 

Tuesday, November 10 at 4:15 PM

Build Challenge: Disney Movie Things


 

Do you or your kids have an idea for a LEGO Builders Club challenge?  Let's do it!  Let Amber know right NOW!Email Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian.

Bring Your Building Skills to LEGO!

Let's Be Creative Together!

Calling all kids who like to be creative, craft and make things! For kids who would like to work on their craft activity while interacting virtually by chatting with others. Kids love  going through the creative process together, so please join in! Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, offers bi-weekly Virtual Crafty Kids using Zoom. Get added to the email list to receive bi-weekly meeting details.

Email Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian, to receive the Zoom login details.

 How to Participate
  • Find out the bi-weekly craft activity
  • Collect supplies around your home
  • Download the Zoom app
  • Sign in with the Zoom Meeting ID or the link. There is a password that is  emailed to the participant's parent/caregiver by Amber McNair.
  • During the program, work on your craft project alongside other kids in the Zoom meeting, and see the creations of others while in Gallery View
Zoom Update

In order to follow Zoom security recommendations, we implemented selective meeting invitations, a required password and the waiting room feature.

A parent/caregiver of the Virtual Storytime participant(s) receives a weekly email from Amber McNair with meeting details. The email contains the Zoom Meeting ID and link, along with the required meeting password. When joining the Zoom meeting, participants first enter a waiting room, and the meeting host will allow entry. 

Join us! Get added to the email list to receive weekly meeting details.

Email Amber McNair, Youth Services Librarian.

 Activity Details and Dates!

Coming Soon!


 

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