Kids Programs

 Upcoming Events for Children and Families:

Libraries Rock! 

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!

June 12 – Ann Lincoln Boogie Woogie Bunnies Show

June 19 – Hip Hop with Mr Kneel

June 26 – Local Musician Terry Armistead

July 3 – Libraries Rock with Bravo!Vail

July10 – Libraries Rock with Bravo!Vail

July 17 – Magic of the Rock People with Erica Sodos

July 24 – Rockin’ Rocks and Fossils with Walking Mountains Science Center

July 31 – Circus Rocks

Aug 7 – Drum Safari Rocks the Library


Teen Summer Reading  will meet once a month on Mondays. Teens entering grades 6 – 12.

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

Each participant will create a candle votive with natural materials and clay.

Monday July 16 – Erica Sodos –  Rocks Move like Magic   

With Erica’s mystical guidance we will explore the strength of our minds in moving matter.  Think of Stonehenge and  Standing Stones.

Monday Aug 6 – Pizza Party

This year, Teen Summer Reading will meet once a month on Mondays.
Teen summer readers should register here with Beanstack.

Log your reading hours, attend any and all of our three Monday afternoon programs and take advantage of volunteer opportunities to earn gift cards.   Instead of using the raffle format with two or three winners; everyone has an chance to earn prizes by participating, reading and volunteering this summer. Volunteer ideas are listed under badges and at the Service Desk.  Keep rockin’ all summer long!

Model My Watershed!    July 30, 31, Aug 1 & 2

9am – 11 am: Summer Science Camp is for students aged 9-12 .

This four day, hands-on science program is lead by returning Millersville University Professor Dr. Nanette Dietrich

Everyone lives in a watershed! Come and learn about your watershed. We will be exploring our local stream (Gore Creek) and using scientifically valid and easy-to-use watershed tools to accurately examine our neighborhood, to define local environmental challenges, and to develop solutions. (Curriculum developed with support from the National Science Foundation – DRL 1640088.)
Space is limited, so please register early for this camp.  To register please contact Cricket Pylman: 970-479-2179.


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 Sandy Rivera at or  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. 970-479-3445

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


Summer Monday Matinee

Mondays @1:30pm

Movie day @your library, during the Summer it transform in to SUMMER MONDAY MATINEE.

Join us! every Monday for freshly made popcorn and a fun film. we will have a different movie every time, so not just watch a movie, watch it with friends at Vail Public Library. Take a look at the calendar for previews cancellations.

June 4th –                                        June 11th –

June 25th –                                                      July 9th –

July 23rd –                                          July 30th-

August 6th –

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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