Kids Programs

Upcoming Events for Children and Families:

Monthly kids programs  at Vail Public Library

check listing for age appropriateness


Summer Reading Programs for kids ages 1 -17

Can you read every day?  Pick up your reading log, read at least 20 minutes daily to be eligible for books, gift certificates and raffle prizes. You may start counting your days on June 1st!  The reading is independent, the programs are open to all ages.

Family Entertainment Programs: Tuesday afternoons

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “A Universe of Stories”. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Using the anniversary as a jumping off point, we invite patrons to explore how far humankind has come since the first Moon landing.  Experience a Universe of Stories through our free programs, our collection and our incentivized reading log.

June 25th @ 3:30 – Kids House of Joy

Sing, Shake & Shimmy All Around the Earth!  We take the audience on a journey to discover the diversity of music from around the world through European Classical, Broadway, Folk and Bluegrass, Standards, and Childrens’ Music.


Bravo!Vail – Little Listeners@ your Library

July 2nd – 2:00pm – members of the Dallas Symphony

July 9th – 2:00pm – members of the Philadelphia Orchestra


July 16th @ 3:30 – Tour the Universe in Mini Dome with Fiske Planetarium

Hosted in Red Sandstone Elementary School (RSVP required)

Our community room isn’t big enough so the very special program inside the dome will be held at Red Sandstone Elementary School.

Red Sandstone


July 23rd @ 3:30  – Alpine Arts visits

Alien Art – limited to first 20 participants –  RSVP required. 970-479-2187


July 30 @ 3:30 – Walking Mountains Science Center visits

“My place in space” interactive program with a naturalist.


August 6th @ 3:30  – Drum Safari

S P A C E    W A L K – – – – – – – – – – – >>> everyone is welcome for some drumming.


Tween and Teen Book Clubs in the Backyard

Please check the teen page for details.

Book Club meets Wed June 26th from 3:30 – 4:30.


Ongoing Programming for Children and Families:

Reading Buddies

Thursdays June 27th – Aug  8 –  4:30 – 5:30pm

Now recruiting Little Buddies rising into 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades and Big Buddies from 7th grade through 12th grades. Reading Buddies is a free Vail Public Library program that pairs trained teen volunteers with younger kids for a one-on-one reading experience, once a week for 7 weeks. 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.

Contact Cricket Pylman for an application to be either a Big Buddy or a Little Buddy! We are currently recruiting for our Summer session.

Big buddies need to interview and trained.  If you are interested, please contact us to be ready for the next session.

cpylman@vailgov.com or 970-479-2179


Robotics Club

Next session will be Robotics I.  Tuesdays July 2 – Aug 6 from 4:00 – 5:00.   Please reach out to Sandy or Cricket if interested!

Pre-registration is required.

Every Tuesday starting on Jan. 15 and ending on Feb. 19, students enrolled in 3rd grade or above can participate in Robotics II. In Robotics II, participants will use Lego Mindstorms EV3 to build, program and complete challenges. Additionally, they will learn new moves each week and put them to the test in fun, interactive ways. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Sandy Rivera at srivera@vailgov.com or Cricket Pylman at cpylman@vailgov.com


Find and Check out one of our:

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.


Examples of past events for Children and Families:

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

Monday, April 16th,  from 3:15 – 5pm: Earth Day Wormery  

Trick or Treat Story Time – October 31st @ 1:00pm  

Annual Scarecrow Building Contest – Saturday, Oct 28th @ 10:00am

Harry Potter Party – Saturday, Nov. 4 @ 3:30 pm
Family Fireside Holiday Party – Thursday, Dec. 14th 5:00 – 7:30

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

2017 Hour of Code

Kids in the Kitchen –  Saturday, January 20, 2018 

Valentine Making – Monday, February 12th


 Photos of some of our events:

 

 

 

 

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