Unplug at your library: Activities for grade schoolers

By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian

Kids, take a break from screens this summer with some unplugged activities at the library!

Borrow a robot discovery kit

We have several 100% screen-free robot discovery kits for different age groups. These fun robot kits help kids develop coding skills and promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Check out one of these robot kits while you’re at the library or place one on hold to pick up later.

Participate in STEAM & creative programs at the library

Each month we explore a new STEAM concept at Curiosity Club, through a fun, hands-on, interactive activity, and in August, we’re offering two creative workshops for kids in grades K-5.

Visit the Acorn Lab

Drop in on weekdays from 3 to 6 pm and for occasional pop-up programs! The Acorn Lab (pictured above) is a mini makerspace in the Children’s Services Area for kids ages 4+ with adult supervision.

It is designed for creative expression, exploration, and play.

  • Build a ramp with K’NEX or a tower with straws,
  • Construct a unique creature with Pixel Brix,
  • Build a miniature house with upcycled cardboard using Makedo tools or construct something out of your own imagination, or
  • Make a craft with a variety of materials and take it home with you or display it for others to see!

Read a book for kids summer reading

Wondering what to read next? Explore our list of title suggestions for kids of all ages, on a variety of topics. Then be sure to track your reading progress for kids summer reading, which continues through August 15!


About Eileen

Eileen Saam is a children’s digital learning librarian who loves discovering new things, learning from others, and sharing with children the joy and wonder of books. One of her favorite things to do at the library is to help children, families, and teachers find books and digital resources that delight and inspire them.