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Programs for Libraries

Logistics

Mileage: In-person programs for libraries outside Genesee County will be charged at the 2024 IRS standard mileage rate.
Space Requirements: The program space should be available for set-up shortly before the beginning of the activity.  Tables and chairs are appreciated.  Program staff may need access to water and electrical outlets.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by 12:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled activity. The program fee will be charged each time a Sloan Museum or Longway Planetarium Educator reports for a scheduled session.
Education staff will not be responsible for students left after the completion of the activity.  A responsible adult from the library must be present in the building during each activity.

Please note: All of our library programs for All Together Now are in-person. If you need virtual programming, please contact us for options by calling (810) 237-3409.

Make a Reservation

To book a library program or for questions, please contact Pam Atwell, our Reservations Manager, or call (810) 237-3409.

 

2024 Summer Reading Programs - "Adventure Begins at Your Library"

Playgroup Activity

The activities in this program are recommended for families with children aged 0-4 years-old (older siblings or family members are welcome to attend and play with their little learner).

Sensory Exploration

Audience: 0 - 4 year-olds

Our littlest learners will use their senses and tools to explore a seasonal sensory bin with their grown up. Families may also choose to make a sensory bottle or sound shaker to take home. <

Format: In-person only
Maximum number of families per session: 10
Program length: 30 minutes
Fee: $75 for first session, $30 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Pre-K Play!

Children in these playgroups will explore math and science through stories, songs, and projects while learning to create and play together.

Big Friends

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

In the story, Big Friends, two friends go on an adventure with their imagination and some cardboard boxes. What happens when someone new wants to play with them? Find out while going on your own cardboard-creation adventure. <

Format: In-person only
Maximum number of children per session: 25
Program length: 45 - 60 minutes
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Pirate Party

Audience: Families with children 4-7 years old

Arrrr you ready for a Pirate Adventure? Go on a measurement hunt, make a pirate ship that will hold a pile of cannon balls, and create your own treasure map. <

Format: In-person only
Maximum number of children per session: 25
Program length: 45 - 60 minutes
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Water Explorers

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Explore water properties as you investigate objects that sink or float, retrieve a special underwater treasure, and build a boat that floats on water. <

Format: In-person only
Maximum number of children per session: 25
Program length: 45 - 60 minutes
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Activities for Kids

Space Exploration

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Ready for an out-of-this world adventure? Explore the Solar System while making a solar energy detector, a beautiful moon phase project, a planet necklace, and other fun hands-on activities. <

Format: In-person only
Maximum number of children per session: 25
Program length: 60 minutes
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Wizards, Wands, and Potions

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Step into another world full of wizards and witches. Cauldrons will bubble and potions will change color. Is it magic or chemistry? Build your own light-up wand and squish your fingers into ghost brains.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: in-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Library Programs - Year Round Offerings

Pre-K Play!

Children in these playgroups will explore math and science through stories, songs, and projects while learning to create and play together.

Monster Math

Audience: Families with children 4-7 years old

Practice your number and counting skills with these monstrously fun activities! What will your math monster look like? <

Format: In-person only
Maximum number of children per session: 25
Program length: 60 minutes
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Tangled

Audience: Families with children 4-7 years old

What to do with a bunch of shapes that are all trapped inside a jungle gym? Maybe the straight and narrow line can help? Build and take apart shapes while exploring geometry. <

Format: In-person only
Maximum number of children per session: 25
Program length: 60 minutes
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

4 - 7 Year Olds

A Day By the Sea

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Seashells, feathers, and other treasures! Explore science, math, and engineering with these beachy-themed hands-on activities. Engineer a sandcastle, sort shells, and make a piece of seashell jewelry.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

City Shapes

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Shapes, shapes, everywhere! Which shapes will you use? Create a piece of city-scape art while exploring the attributes of shapes.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Colorful Chemistry

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Poor Camilla Cream… her skin has turned green. And red, orange, yellow, blue, and purple, too! Our skin cannot change colors like Camilla Cream’s, but we can make color-mixing creations. Let’s read the story, “A Bad Case of Stripes” and engage in chromatography and color-mixing chemistry activities.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Dinosaur Tales

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Dinosaurs lived a long, long time ago. Let’s learn about these fascinating prehistoric creatures as we observe and touch real fossils, build our own fossil model, and make a dinosaur tail to wear. You will even design and build your own dinosaur to take home!

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Overhead and Underfoot

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Look up! What do you see? Stars, the moon, and the sun. Look down! What’s on the ground? Bugs and plants. We’ll explore features of the Earth as we learn about directional words.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

What’s the Weather?

Audience: 4-7 year-olds

Let’s learn more about meteorology! Explore the weather and changing seasons as you create a cloud painting, design your own windsock, and much more!

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

4 - 12 Year Olds

Build-A-Buggy Challenge

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Explore forces and motion while designing and building a buggy that moves! We’ll provide the wheels, axles, and materials to build the body, you engineer a way to make the buggy move! Are you up for the challenge?

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Plants need water and light in order to live and grow. What happens when you try to grow a plant without these resources? Set up and run your own experiment while growing seeds in terrariums you build.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Nature’s Colors

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Have you ever noticed how colors and patterns are everywhere in nature? You will investigate how animals’ colors and patterns help them live and thrive in their habitat. Explore mimicry, camouflage, and warning colors while making a beautiful butterfly, hiding caterpillars, and engaging in other fun hands-on activities.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Space Art

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Create beautiful space-themed artworks while learning about the nighttime sky. Build a comet, use liquid water color to paint a starry scene, and learn about eclipses while making a chalk project.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: Face-to-Face or Virtual
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Worm Motels

Audience: 4-12 year-olds

Who says worms can’t relax in a cozy motel?! Explore a worm’s world by building a temporary worm habitat and learning about all of the needs of living things.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

8 - 12 Year Olds

Cranky Contraptions

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Engineering meets art! Create a moving sculpture while using wire to design a cranking mechanism that puts your sculpture in motion.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Electrical Circuits

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Explore electricity while building simple circuits that make motors move, lightbulbs light, and buzzers buzz. You’ll even make circuit using a piece of paper!

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Flinging Things

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

Experience forces and motion while building a variety of devices that will cause ordinary objects to fall, fling, and fly.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Jitter Critters

Audience: 8-12 year-olds

No need to get the jitters as you create your own critter! Use your artistic abilities and engineering skills to design and create your own battery-powered critter equipped with a vibrating motor.

Maximum number of children per session: 25
Length: 60 minutes
Format: In-person
Fee: $150 for first session, $60 for each additional session on the same day, in the same location.

Professional Development Opportunities: Sharing STEM with young children

Interested in doing STEM with your little learners in your center, school, or home?  We’ll share some of our favorite STEM activities in this fast-paced, hands-on session.  We’ll provide all necessary materials for participants to try out the activities and each participant will receive a detailed write-up for each activity.  This training is customizable.  Our staff will work with your library to identify themes and activities to best suit your patrons’ needs.

Audience:  Early Childhood Educators, Teachers, Parents, Librarians
Maximum Number of Participants:  75
Program Length:  2 hours
Fee:  $400 (mileage for libraries outside Genesee County)

Call (810) 237-3409 to book your library programs!

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