Kids Programs

Upcoming Events for Children and Families:

Monthly kids programs  at Vail Public Library

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One Book Colorado And the winner is Penguinaut!

A Free Book for Every Four-Year Old in Colorado!

We are having so much fun delivering the One Book Colorado book selection to local preschools and day cares. If your four-year-old is not in school, or has not received a book by April 22, please pick up a free book (available in English or Spanish) at the Service Desk.

Back for its 8th year–One Book Colorado has a new name, new look, and new partners, but will still give away 75,000 copies of the same book, one to every four-year-old in Colorado. Pick up a free book for your four-year-old April 8-22, 2019, at a public library!


Earth Day Celebration

Monday April 22 at 4:00 – 5:00.

Join us for a fun and interactive afternoon exploring water  pollution: Erosion, Plastic pollution and Bio-Plastic

We will rotate our attendees through three stations so everyone gets to explore,  try each experiment and take home a finished ocean picture.

Dia de los Ninos – Day of the Children

Saturday, April 20th – 3:30pm-5:00pm

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Join Vail Public Library in celebrating our little ones for the 2nd year. Celebrate with a puppet show of the book,  “The Rainbow Fish,” by Marcus Pfister, told in Spanish & English. Come and have some cake, play some games & have the chance to hit the Piñata. Kids of all ages are welcome. Celebra con nosotros!!

Touch a Truck

Saturday May 11 at Ford Park 10 -12

At work, these trucks and vehicles can be driving fast, moving large rocks, or saving lives. Now they are in a safe location for kids to explore, whether that’s sitting in the driver’s seat, seeing the size of the tires, or climbing onto the flat bed.

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!

Disney Tea Party with Beauty and the Beast

Saturday, May 18th 11 am – 12:30 pm

Come join us for an enchanted tea with Belle! Listen to her read a story, create a craft with her, take photos using our green screen back drop, and even sing with her! Feel free to dress in your favorite Prince, Princess, or Hero attire! Come join us at the Vail Library, and walk away with a tale as old as time for you and your children.

Ongoing Programming for Children and Families:

Reading Buddies

Mondays, March 4 – Monday April 22 –  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 Spring session.

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

Keep your eyes open for Summer Reading Programs for all ages

Kids Programs Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 – 4:30

Kick off June 25th with House of Joy

Finale August 6th with Drum Safari

Robotics ClubNext session will be Robotics II.  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 or Cricket Pylman at

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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