Kids Summer 2019 Events

Summer Reading Starts on Monday, June 17th. Click HERE to read all about it!

Most program registration opens 6/7, but please check the registration date for each program. The grade eligibility is based on the grade your child will be entering as of Fall 2019.

Click HERE to be taken to storytimes and preschool activities, which are at the bottom of the page. Don’t forget some of our kid activities are all ages with a grown-up to help!

If you have any question or comment please reach out to Gina Monti at gmonti@durhamlibrary.org, or give us a call at 860-740-4096.


Planet Scavenger Hunt  

6/1-6/29 10-30AM-Close

Find all the planet images hidden in the Children’s Department during the month of June. Turn in your completed sheet for a small surprise at the checkout desk. Play as many times as you’d like all month long. Open to all ages with an adult.


Drop-in Summer Reading Kick-off Craft

6/17-6/22 10:30AM- Close

Drop-in to the Children’s Department anytime all this week to decorate and hang up a Summer Reading Star in the Library.  All ages welcome with an adult. All supplies will be provided. Supplies limited, first come first serve. No registration required.


Science Explorers Grades K-2

Mondays at 6 PM

Kids entering Grades K-2 in the Fall of 2019 are invited to join Miss Gina for some science fun!

Registration required. Registration opens 6/7. Register online HERE.

Week 1: Boats

Week 2: Towers

Week 3: Cloud Jars

Week 4: PH Lab

Week 5: Owl Pellets

Meets Mondays at 6:00 PM

6/24,7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29


Science Explorers Grades 3 & up

Mondays at 7:30 PM

Kids entering Grades 3&up in the Fall of 2019 are invited to join Miss Gina for some science fun!

Registration required. Registration opens 6/7. Register online HERE.

Week 1: Boats

Week 2: Towers

Week 3: Rainbow Jars

Week 4: PH Lab

Week 5: Owl Pellets

Meets Mondays at 7:30 PM

6/24,7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29


Summer Reading Kick-off: Make Your Own Ice Cream

Wednesday 6/26 at 6 pm

Come make (& eat) your own homemade ice cream. All ages welcome, with an adult.

Registration required. Register online. Registration opens 6/7. Register here.

6 PM Session ( Limit 25)


Lemonade & Crafts

Thursdays at 6:30 PM

Enjoyed Cocoa & Crafts? Sign up for the summer version! Kids entering Grades 3 and up in the Fall of 2019 can join Miss Kim Thursday evenings this summer to make some crafts and share some lemonade! Registration required, you will have an option to indicate which weeks you want to attend. Registration opens 6/7. Register here.

Week 1: Perler Beads

Week 2: Lemonade Glasses

Week 3: Weaving

Week 4: Watercolors

Meets Thursday at 6:30 PM

6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25.


Star Wars Scavenger Hunt  

7/1-7/31 10-30AM-Close

Find all the Star Wars images hidden in the Children’s Department during the month of July. Turn in your completed sheet for a small surprise at the checkout desk. Play as many times as you’d like all month long. Open to all ages with an adult.


ScienceTellers: Aliens Escape from Earth

Monday 7/1 at 6:30 PM

The ScienceTeller will be back at the Durham Public Library Monday, July 1st at 6:30 PM!

“During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star. Two curious kids venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Pursued by a crazy space scientist, they must risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their spaceship — before it’s too late!

Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure using science experiments for special effects. It’s totally out of this world”

Discover the unbelievable world of physics and chemistry through exciting experiments, like:

  • Turning a liquid into solid “worms” through a chemical reaction.
  • Launching a potato into the air using Boyle’s law.
  • Making a flying rocket using two common household chemicals.
  • Transferring energy between matter to create a “rainstorm.”
  • And much more!

This event is intended for families with children in grades K-5, but all are welcome! Registration is encouraged but not required, please register online starting 6/7.

Register here.


Patriotic Craft

Wednesday 4/3  from 2:30- 3:30 PM

Children of all ages with an adult are encouraged to stop in to make a fun decoration for the 4th of July! No registration required, just drop in any time between 2:30 and 3:30 PM!


Slime Saturdays: Summer Edition

Saturdays at 2 PM

Make a new type of slime every other Saturday of the summer!

Registration required for each session.Register online.

Grades K & up. Limit 10. Registration for the 7/6 session opens 6/22. Registration for the 8/3 session opens 7/20.

Meets Saturdays at 2 PM

7/6, 8/3.


Critter Caravan

Wednesday, 7/10 at 2 PM

Come meet some curious critters at the library this afternoon! For ages 3 & up with an adultRegistration required. Register online. Registration opens 6/21. Register here.


Bubblemania

Wednesday 7/17 at 3 PM

Join us to experiment with bubbles in the garden ( weather permitting)!  This event is open to all ages with an adult. Registration required. Register online starting 7/3. Register here.


Story Scavenger Hunt  

8/1-8/31 10-30AM-Close

Find all the book images hidden in the Children’s Department during the month of August. Turn in your completed sheet for a small surprise at the checkout desk. Play as many times as you’d like all month long. Open to all ages with an adult.


LEGO Robotics

Wednesdays from 3-4:30 PM

It’s Back! Ages 7 — 11 years can build and program a simple robot using LEGO WeDo Robotics kits. Registration required for each session. Limit 8 each session. Register online. Click each session below to register when they open.

Session 1: 7/31 (registration opens 7/17)

Session 2: 8/7 (registration opens 7/31)

Session 3: 8/14 (registration opens 8/7)

Session 4: 8/21 (registration opens 8/14)

Meets 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21


C.A.M.P. (crafts all month please)

8/5-8/31 10:30 AM to Close

Come participate in drop-in crafts for all ages during the month of August at the Durham Public Library! No need to register, just stop by. All supplies provided. Supplies limited.

8/5- 8/10: Space Ornaments

8/12-8/17: Rocket Craft

8/19-8/24: Constellation Craft

8/26-8/31: Mystery Crafts


Storytimes


Mother Goose Storytime

Mondays at 10:30 AM

Ages Birth to 2.5 (Siblings welcome)

Children birth to 2.5 years can join Miss Diana for stories and songs.

No need to register, just drop-in. Siblings welcome!

6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12.


Preschool Storytime

Ages  2.5 and up (Siblings welcome)

Tuesdays at 10:15 AM

Families with children ages 2.5 and up can join us at the library for developmentally relevant; stories, songs, and fingerplays. Sibling welcome! No need to register, just drop-in.

 6/25, 7/9, 7/23,  8/6.


Twinkle Toes Toddler Dance

Tuesdays at 10:15 AM

Toddlers on the move! This exciting program is designed to offer children 2-5 years old an opportunity to explore dance in its most primitive form. siblings welcome. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration required. Register online. Registration opens June 1st. Register here.

6/18, 7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13.


Toddler Art

Fridays at 10:30 AM

Ages 2 & up only with an adult

Join us at the library to get messy and make some fun process art! Registration required. Registration for the 7/12 event will open June 7th. Registration for the 8/9 event will open 7/12.

7/12 & 8/9


Farmers Market Storytime

All ages on the Town Green.

Thursdays at 5 PM

5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12.


Our special programs and events are sponsored by PALS — The Public Association of Library Supporters.