Activities

An escape room, an exhibition, a 3D printing workshop, an author visit, a jeopardy game—and much more to plan for!

See below the great lineup of activities for kids we’ll be offering throughout July and August.

Please note that registration for the individual activities offered through Summer Reading Club is NOT automatically included with the general registration for the program, but rather done separately, so that you can register only to those activities that are of interest to your child.

July

July 5

Monday

Get Crafty: Stick People
Online


For the first week of Summer Reading Club, we’ll have a brand-new craft video and kit to get you busy building some pretty funky stick people.

Who: 5 years old and up
When: Video available til eternity and beyond; kits available while supplies last.
How: See the video and request your kit!

July 6

Tuesday

SRC What?!?—Live Q&A for Parents & Guardians
Online

Parents and guardians are invited to a live (and lively) online Q&A session about all things Summer Reading Club, where they’ll find out about activities, winning prizes, getting involved, and more.

Who: Grown-ups; kids are welcome, but may find it very, very boring. 
When: 7:00–7:40  pm
How: Register here to receive a Zoom invitation.

July 7

Wednesday

Escape from the Library Virtual Escape Room
Online

In this online escape room, you must find out who has made all the grownups disappear from Devon Public Library so that they can return (and the library doors can unlock!). Are you up for the challenge?

Who: Everyone and their aunt (or uncle). 
When: Opens July 7, available until August 22
How: Enter the room at your own risk!

July 8

Thursday

Tell & Talk: The Art of the Fart
Online

A live online session in two parts. First, we will read the book Walter the Farting Dog, by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, and Elizabeth Gundy. Then you’ll learn some pretty cool (and stinky) facts about—you guessed it—farts!

Who: 6 to 8 years old (but 5 and 9-year-olds might enjoy it as well).
When: 1:00–1:30  pm
How: Register here to receive a Zoom invitation.

July 12

Monday
Get Crafty: Cats & Dogs!
Online

Who says origami needs to be hard? Learn how to make a dog (or, in Japanese, an inu) and a cat (neko) using just origami paper—with the option of adding googly eyes to make them a bit fancy.

Who: 5 years old and up
When: Video available til eternity and beyond; kits available while supplies last.
How: Request the kit here.

July 13

Tuesday

The Ultimate 3D Printing Micro-Exhibition
In Person

Examine one of the first personal 3D printers to be launched and learn the role played by different parts of 3D printers. See how pieces can be finished after they’re printed and examples of common problems with 3D printing. Check out mixed-materials projects where prints are combined with external parts or objects. See a 3D-printed reproduction of a real place—in Alberta!—that no longer exists and compare it to a photo of the original building.

The exhibit also includes interactive components where visitors of all ages will be able to make a turtle swim in the air, try different fidgets, play with (and create new) cork animals, and more.

You’ll even get to pick Einstein’s brain and take home one of his thoughts—really! 

Who: Everyone. 
When: Exhibition to be on until August 22
How: Come to the library!

July 15

Thursday

Tell & Talk: Animal Friends
Online

A live online session in two parts. First, we will read Felipe & Claudette, a book by Mark Teague about a cat and a dog that are best friends (though it takes them a while to realize it). Then you’ll learn about some incredible friendships between very different animals.

Who: 6 to 8 years old (but 5-year-olds might enjoy it as well).
When: 1:00–1:30  pm
How: Register here to receive a Zoom invitation.

July 19

Monday

Get Crafty: DIY Fidget
Online

Did you know there are plenty of fidget types beyond spinners and fidget cubes? Learn how to make a sliding bead fidget (also known as a "slider snake") for those moments when you find yourself needing something to fiddle with.

Who: 6 years old and up
When: Video available til eternity and beyond; kits available while supplies last.
How: Request the kit here.

July 20

Tuesday

Creatures vs. Wizards
Online

In this live, custom-made Jeopardy game, Pokémon and Harry Potter fans will compete online for the title of most knowledgeable fandom. Let the wisest team win!

Who: 10 to 17 years old.
When: 3:00–3:40  pm.
How: Register here to receive a Zoom invitation.

July 22

Thursday

Tell & Talk: That's So Batty!
Online

A live online session in two parts. First, we will read Stellaluna, a book by Janell Cannon about a baby bat raised by a bird. Then, we'll learn some fun facts about the only flying mammals on Earth.

Who: 6 to 8 years old (but 5 and 9-year-olds might enjoy it as well).
When: 1:00–1:30  pm
How: Register here to receive a Zoom invitation.

July 26

Monday

Get Crafty: A Very Hungry Caterpillar
Online

Once upon a time there was a very hungry caterpillar who jumped out of a book and into your living room! Learn how to make a fun, easy prop for reading the beloved children's classic.

Who: 5 years old and up
When: Video available til eternity and beyond; kits available while supplies last.
How: Request a kit here.

July 27

Tuesday

Chronicles of Covid
In Person

An in-person, multi-session project where kids create a visual and written keepsake about how it feels to be a kid living through the pandemic (session one of four).

We will be working on different activities each day, but if your child needs to miss a day that shouldn't be a problem. The kids’ work will be featured on a mini site on our website, but in the spirit of internet safety (and fun), instead of photos and real names, kids will create avatars and pen names. Some of the children’s works may also be added to a time capsule that will be opened in 10 years if they want to participate in that as well.

Activities may include magnetic poetry, a letter to the future, making posters about what to do during a pandemic, creating word clouds about their experiences, drawings about different aspescts of the pandemic, collages, etc.

Who: 9 to 12 years old. 
When: 1:00 pm–1:40 pm
How: Register here(Limited spots available; registration on a first-come, first-served basis).

July 28

Wednesday

Covid Time Capsule: Teens Wanted!
In Person

Are you a teen looking for a cool project to get involved with this summer? We are looking for participants of a group that will meet in person to work on building Devon’s own Covid Time Capsule, to be opened 10 years from now. Help us figure out what items to include and how to collect them, as well as produce the digital content we’ll send to the future in a flash drive. (session one of three). Program delivered in partnership with Local Youth Experience.

Who: 13 to 17 years old. 
When: 4:00 pm–4:40 pm.
How: Register here(Limited spots available; registration on a first-come, first-served basis).

July 29

Thursday

Tell & Talk: Furry Librarians
Online

A live online session in two parts. First, we will read Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!, a book by Vicki Myron about a real cat who used to live in a library. Then, we'll learn about library cats from around the world, as well as the history behind why libraries first started hiring feline librarians.

Who: 6 to 8 years old (but 5 and 9-year-olds might enjoy it as well).
When: 1:00–1:30  pm
How: Register here to receive a Zoom invitation.

August

August 2

Monday

Get Crafty: Flying Saucer (and Alien!)
Online

Get ready for a craft that's out of this world! Learn how to make a flying saucer (with an alien inside) that will be a good addition to (or the first item of) your collection of upcycled toys.

Who: 5 years old and up
When: Video available til eternity and beyond; kits available while supplies last.
How: Come back to this page on August 2 to watch the video and/or request the kit.

August 3

Tuesday

Chronicles of Covid
In Person

An in-person, multi-session project where kids create a visual and written keepsake about how it feels to be a kid living through the pandemic (session two of four).

Who: 9 to 12 years old. 
When: 1:00 pm–1:40 pm
How: Register here(Limited spots available; registration on a first-come, first-served basis).

August 4

Wednesday

Covid Time Capsule: Teens Wanted!
In Person

Are you a teen looking for a cool project to get involved with this summer? We are looking for participants of a group that will meet in person to work on building Devon’s own Covid Time Capsule, to be opened 10 years from now. Help us figure out what items to include and how to collect them, as well as produce the digital content we’ll send to the future in a flash drive. (session two of three). Program delivered in partnership with Local Youth Experience.

Who: 13 to 17 years old. 
When: 4:00 pm–4:40 pm.
How: Register here(Limited spots available; registration on a first-come, first-served basis).

August 7

Saturday

Godzilla Meets Devon: 3D-Modeling Workshop
In Person

Learn the basics of how to design a piece for 3D printing at this in-person workshop—then create your very own 3D Godzilla cityscape. At the end, three lucky winners of a draw will get their pieces printed and delivered to them. (session one of two)

Who: 12 to 17 years old. 
When: 4:00 pm–4:40 pm.
How: Register here(Limited spots available; registration on a first-come, first-served basis).

August 9

Monday

Get Crafty: Fiery Dragon
Online

A fire-breathing dragon to make sure this summer will be burning hot (dragon slayers need not apply).

Who: 5 years old and up
When: Video available til eternity and beyond; kits available while supplies last.
How: Come back to this page on August 9 to watch the video and/or request the kit.

August 10

Tuesday

Chronicles of Covid
In Person

An in-person multi-session project where kids create a visual and written keepsake about how it feels to be a kid living through the pandemic (session three of four).

Who: 9 to 12 years old. 
When: 1:00 pm–1:40 pm

August 11

Wednesday

Covid Time Capsule: Teens Wanted!
In Person

Are you a teen looking for a cool project to get involved with this summer? We are looking for participants of an online group to work on building Devon’s own Covid Time Capsule, to be opened 10 years from now. Help us figure out what items to include and how to collect them, as well as produce the digital content we’ll send to the future in a flash drive. (session three of three). Program delivered in partnership with Local Youth Experience.

Who: 13 to 17 years old. 
When: 4:00 pm–4:40 pm.

August 14

Saturday

Godzilla Meets Devon: 3D-Modeling Workshop
In Person

Learn the basics of how to design a piece for 3D printing at this in-person workshop—then create your very own 3D Godzilla cityscape. At the end, three lucky winners of a draw will get their pieces printed and delivered to them. (session two of two)

Who: 12 to 17 years old. 
When: 4:00 pm–4:40 pm.

August 17

Tuesday

Chronicles of Covid
In Person

An in-person multi-session project where kids create a visual and written keepsake about how it feels to be a kid living through the pandemic (session four of four).

Who: 9 to 12 years old. 
When: 1:00 pm–1:40 pm

August 19

Thursday

Pictures in the Sky: Author Visit
Onine


Local author Joan Marie Galat (check her out on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube!) leads the younger crowd into an exploration of stars, constellations, and myths/legends relating to the night sky. Joan also plays a game of “Picture Book: Fact or Fiction” and offers tips on how to become a stronger writer.

Who: 6 to 9 years old. 
When: 1:00 pm–1:40 pm
How: Register here to receive a Zoom invitation.