Kids Programs

 Upcoming Events for Children and Families:

Scott Norman ” The Pumpkin Carver” – Wednesday, October 17th @ 5:00pm

Learn everything you need to know about pumpkin carving from The Picasso of Pumpkin Carving!

Scott S”tormin” Norman, who has appeared on America’s Got Talent, will demonstrate how to pick the perfect pumpkin, clean it with ease, design a masterpiece, and more!

The Library Show
Scott carves a pumpkin in front of an audience, lending helpful suggestions and advice while delivering the following information during this 1 hour program: How to select a good carving pumpkin, How to draw out the pattern you want to carve, How to empty out a pumpkin, “Pumpkin” science, Lighting a pumpkin, Shadowing, Knife safety, Other pumpkin craft options

Annual Scarecrow Building Contest – Saturday, October 27th 10:00 – 12:30pm

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

The library will provide frames and art supplies. Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Store will provide clothes. Bring accessories to personalize your scarecrow.  Small parts, glue guns and staple guns will be used.  This creative day is appropriate for children five years old and older; all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Teens may work independently with librarian permission.

Prizes for the most unique and creative scarecrows! For more information, call 970-479-2179 or visit

Trick or Treat Story Time – Wednesday, October 31st 1:00 to 1:45pm

Before the Trick or Treat Trot.

Come to the Vail Public Library for a Spooky-fun Story Time! Boo!!

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Celebration – Friday, November 9th  4:30 – 8:00pm

Costume contest, movie, games, prizes and more. After hours at the library.  More information soon!


Ongoing Programming for Children and Families:


Robotics Club

Next session will be Robotics II.  We are evaluating the best timing for this!  Please reach out to Sandy or Cricket if interested!

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 Sandy Rivera at or  Cricket Pylman at to reserve your spot. Children should be in 3rd grade and up to participate.


Reading Buddies

Beginning October after Parent -Teacher conferences!

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 Fall session.

Please let us know of your interest so we make plan the program around your schedules.

Big buddies need to interview and be trained.  If you are interested , please contact us to be ready for the next session. 970-479-3445

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

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.

Recently past events for Children and Families:

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

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

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

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

Harry Potter Party – Saturday, Nov. 4 @ 3:30 pm
Family Fireside Holiday Party, Th. Dec 14 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 –  Sat., January 20, 2018 

Valentine Making – Mon., February 12

 Photos of some of our events:

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