Kids Programs

 Events for Children and Families:

Touch a Truck

Vail Public Library & Vail Child Care are Proud to Present:

Join us ! Saturday May 19 at Ford Park Parking Lot from 10am – 12pm.

We will have a Fire Truck, Police Car, Garbage Truck and several pieces of heavy construction equipment for kids to explore.  You can climb inside and see what it’s like to be the operator of each vehicle!

Free Family Event!

Ongoing Programming for Children and Families:


Robotics Club

Next session will be Robotics I.  It begins Tuesday June 12 at 4:00 pm and meets weekly until July 31.

Preregistration required.

We hold Robotics club in two sessions, Robotics I and Robotics II. In Robotics we use the Lego Mindstorms EV3 to build, program and complete challenges. Each week we will learn a new move and put it to the test in fun and interactive ways. For more information contact Cricket Pylman at to reserve your spot. Children should be in 3rd grade and up to participate.

Reading Buddies

Beginning Thursday, June 21

Reading Buddies is a free Vail Public Library program that pairs trained teen volunteers with younger kids for a one-on-one reading experience.  Little buddies do not need to be struggling readers to benefit from this program.  Reading Buddies offers a chance for friendship while providing another set of attentive ears for our young readers.  Little buddies should be in grades Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades.  Big buddies should be in 7th – 12th grades.

Contact Cricket Pylman for an application to be either a Big Buddy or a Little Buddy! We are currently recruiting for our Summer session.  The next session begins Thursday, June 21.  It will continue weekly through July.  We meet from 4:30 to 5:30.

Big buddies need to interview and be trained by the second week of June.  If you are interested , please contact us to be ready for the next session. 970-479-2179

Now recruiting Big Buddies from 7th – 12th grades and Little Buddies rising into 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades.

Libraries Rock! 

Summer Reading Program information coming soon!

Kids entering grades 1 – 5 will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30.

We have great performers and incentives this summer to inspire reading with the theme Libraries Rock!


Teen Summer Reading  will meet once a month on Mondays.

Monday June 18th – We kick off with Alpine Arts and Libraries Rock Ceramics @ 3:00!


Little Free Library!

Built by the teens in our 2017 Summer Reading Program, Vail Public Library has planted FIVE little free libraries around Vail and Gypsum.

Recent Events for Children and Families:

El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros  – Saturday, April 14 @ 3:30 – 5:00pm.

Preschool and elementary school students and their families are invited to celebrate with cake, stories, music and dance. This program is free and open to the public.

The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities. Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture. Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.

Mon., April. 16,  3:15 – 5pm: Earth Day Wormery 

Join Vail Public Library and our partner organization, Girls in Science, in a workshop to build a wormery. What’s a wormery? It’s a habitat for your worms to live in while you study them. Once you’ve studied them, you can move them to your composter.  Boys and girls are encouraged to join us for this fun event. For more information, please contact Cricket Pylman at or 970-479-2179.

Trick or Treat Story time – 10/31/17 @ 1:00 pm


Annual Scarecrow Building Contest – Sat., Oct 28th @ 10:00

Form a team of friends or family and come build a scarecrow to decorate the library.

Harry Potter Party – Saturday, Nov. 4 @ 3:30 pm

Two separate parties will be going on this afternoon: more information will arrive via Owl as the date approaches! Hoo Hoo!  It’s here:


Family Fireside Holiday Party, Th. Dec 14 5:00 – 7:30

Join Vail Public Library and Santa for our annual holiday party with crafts, songs, and sitting on Santa’s lap. This year we welcomed Mountain Harmony, a women’s A Capella group to our event.

All Ages: December 14th, from 5:00-7:30pm in the Fireplace Lounge.


Babies and Toddlers – Santa Tea Party – Friday. Dec 15 11:00 – 12:30

New this year, Santa wanted to offer our littlest patrons a chance for a visit and a photo opportunity in a small and intimate environment.  Babies & Toddlers under 3 are the target audience for this relaxed Tea Party.

2017 Hour of Code

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere, any age, and ability can join in the Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages so what are you waiting for?

 Kids in the Kitchen –  Sat., January 20, 2018 

Start the new year learning to create no cook, kid made, healthy afternoon snacks.  Try your hand at food preparation to make your afternoon snacking easy and healthy.  We will prepare snack to eat and make recipe books to take home.

Valentine Making – Mon., February 12

Past Events:

Harry Potter Party 2016

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Read Across America

Leon Littlebird Family Concert

Earth Day Celebration

Mother’s Day Fairy Garden building

Pop up Playground!

Yoga with Samantha Sunshine

Green Elephant Juicery


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