Children and teens can set their own goals for reading this summer. The libraries encourage participants to read 20 minutes a day. In addition to fabulous events, each child/teen will receive weekly prizes (while supplies last) and can turn in their reading log for a free book from the Scholastic Book Fair that will be held during the week of July 15-20. Register online at cgsummer2019.eventbrite.com or in either library branch to join the 2019 Summer Reading Program.
Family Storytime & Craft at Main
The whole family is welcome to join the youth librarian for a short program with stories and songs followed by a craft. Parents/guardians are required. Registration is not required but please be on time this Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Anime & Manga Club
Those who enjoy anime and manga may visit the Vista Grande Library every Tuesday in June from noon to 1:30 p.m. Activities include watching anime, discussing manga, drawing and cosplay. Participants must be in grades six through 12.
Teen: Minute to Win It!
Teen contestants ages 12 and up will take part in a series of 60-second challenges that use objects that are commonly available around the house. We will be doing challenges such as: Cookie Face, Stack it Up, Suck it Up, Stack Attack and more in a competition that begins at 2 p.m. every Tuesday at the Main Library.
Family Build Day
Calling all builders! Vista Grande Public Library will host Family Build Day with giant Legos, Mario Maker, Minecraft, blocks, Lincoln Logs, erector sets, puzzles and more in a program that is designed for children 4 to 12. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. It’s on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
VR Room for Teens
Teens can sign up for 20 minutes with the Lenova Daydream VR Headset. Teens should bring their own phones and download free apps to use the Merge Cubes, color in a book that comes to life and experience VR space cards. Call the Vista Grande Library to reserve a time, 520-421-8652, ext. 5019. The VR Room is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Storytime at Vista
Stories, rhymes, songs, educational play and a puppet show are a part of Preschool Storytime at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Toddler Storytime at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Preschool Storytime is intended for children ages 3 to 5, but all children are welcome.
Kids may “drop in” and complete a craft project to take home. Crafts generally take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Parents/guardians are required to assist their children.
- Wednesdays at the Main Library from 2 to 3 p.m.
- Fridays at the Vista Grande Library from 10 to 11 a.m.
- Saturdays at the Main Library from 10 to 11 a.m.
Kids are welcome at the Vista Grande Public Library for a variety of video games and board games. Program meets Wednesdays during the summer from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Parents are required for children under 12.
Family movies at Vista
Vista Grande Public Library hosts family movies on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Silly cartoons and the best family films of the year will be shown. Popcorn will be provided. Children under 12 must be supervised by a parent.
Teens in grades six through 12 may visit the Vista Grande Library to watch movies, eat galaxy food and win prizes with “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie trivia from 1 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
Promoting play contributes to early literacy development by increasing attention span, memory, creativity, language and vocabulary skills. The Main Library Lego Club will meet every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. during the summer reading program. Parents are required for children under 8.
Free Friday flicks
The Main Library hosts free flicks on Fridays with family-friendly movies (PG rating). Parents/guardians are required for children under 8. Parents of older children are required to remain in the library during this program. Registration is not required, but please be on time as movies start at 2 p.m. Popcorn and a drink will be served.
Kinder-prep class at Vista Grande Library covers basic kinder readiness topics including the alphabet sounds and recognition, numbers 1-30 recognition and counting, word syllables, CVC words, shapes and colors. We will be accepting up to 12 students that are 4 to 5 years old for the Kinder-Readiness Class. Part of the goal will be to involve parents in helping students with classwork and exampling how to work with students on teaching kindergarten readiness skills. Parents or guardians will need to stay in the classroom with their child during class sessions. Class will meet eight consecutive Fridays, June 7 through July 26, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com then search Vista Grande.
The Fun Van at Main
The Fun Van is a free program for parents, grandparents, caregivers and accompanying children ages 0 to 5. This program can foster a love of books by developing a habit of reading with a child from a variety of quality literature you borrow and return each week. It also teaches parents reading strategies to expand their child’s thinking and promotes language and literacy development on Fridays at the Main Library from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Star Wars Day
Grab your costumes and visit the library for some Star Wars fun. Costume contest, games, light saber making and more on Monday, June 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Main Library and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Vista Grande Library.
Vista Grande Library offers Beginning Facebook to teach people about the largest social networking site in the world. Students will learn what takes place when you post on Facebook, how to like a post, how to add a profile picture and much more this Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beginning iPad and iPhone at the Main Library teaches the basics of using a device and covers the external features of the device, app management, the control panel, Siri and the system settings. iPad or iPhone required. Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Todos Fe Prayer Group
An inter-faith Spanish prayer group for all community members meets at the Vista Grande Library every first and third Friday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m.