Youth Services Winter Programs

Questions about Youth programs? Reach out to us!
Alex Klaus, Head of Youth Services, aklaus@durhamlibrary.org
Kristen Slepecki, Youth Services Librarian, kslepecki@durhamlibrary.org

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Preschool Activities, All Ages & Family Activities, Kids Grades K-5, Teens Grades 6 & Up.


Preschool Activities:

 Ages Birth to age 5 and not yet in Kindergarten

Winter Storytime Kits: Pick-up starting 1/12/21

These kits contain;

  • A shaker or bell
  • A book to keep
  • Flannel storyboard
  • Yarn snowball
  • An early literacy calendar with book, activity, song & rhyme suggestions
  • And more

For children not yet in Kindergarten and their caregivers. Registration required. Register using the library’s online calendar. Registration begins 12/22/21. Limit 24.

With your kit join us  for the following Zoom Storytimes with Miss Alex:

Registration for all storytimes opens 1/3/22


Toddler Drive OUT : Pick-up starting 1/13/22 

Register for a simple Cardboard box car kit for you and your toddler to build together.

 Ages 2 and up. Registration opens 12/30/21. Register using the library’s online calendar. 

FULL


Small Scientists: Pre-K 

 Have fun and help your child explore the world around them. Register for a new experiment for your scientist each month. Designed for children ages 2 to 5 and not yet in Kindergarten. Limit 15. Registration opens 2 weeks before each pick-up date. Register using the library’s online calendar. 

Registration for the January kit opens 1/11/22, pick-up begins 1/25/22.

Registration for the February kit opens 2/8/22, pick-up begins 2/22/22.

Registration for the March kit opens 3/8/22, pick-up begins 3/22/22.


Art Start Ages 2-5

Have a pint-sized Picasso on your hands? Register for our Art Start Kit for an art project for your toddler or preschooler aged 2-5 and not yet in Kindergarten. Sign up every month for a new project! Limit 15. Registration opens 2 weeks before each pick-up date. Register using the library’s online calendar. 

Registration for the January kit opens 1/12/22, pick-up begins 1/26/22.

Registration for the February kit opens 2/9/22, pick-up begins 2/23/22.

Registration for the March kit opens 3/9/22, pick-up begins 3/23/22.


All Ages & Family Activities

All ages with a caregiver

Make a Mitten 1/3-1/28 10:30 AM- Close

Stop by the library to get a pair of mittens, stay and decorate them, or take them home. 

Either way, we’d love some back to put on display!

Runs all January long, while supplies last. All ages with an adult


Library Love 2/1/22-2/28/22 10:30 AM- Close

Stop by the library to pick a heart, stay and decorate them, or take them home. 

Either way, we’d love some back to put on display! Runs all February long, while supplies last. All ages with an adult.


Gingerbread Man Family Fun Kit

Families with children of all ages can register for this interactive storytime kit to use together. One kit per family, please.

Each Kit includes: 

  • A copy of  The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth
  • Some supplies to make your very own gingerbread man 
  • A cookiecutter
  • A storyboard to make the characters and then act out the story
  • And more!

Registration opens 1/13/22. Register using the library’s online calendar 

Pick-up begins 1/27/22.


LEGO Scavenger Hunt 1/3/21-1/31/22 10:30 AM to Close

Find all the LEGO images hidden in the Children’s Department and turn in your sheet for a prize. Play as many times as you want. Runs all month.


Valentine Scavenger Hunt 2/1/21-2/28/22 10:30 AM to Close

Find all the Valentine images hidden in the Children’s Department and turn in your sheet for a prize. Play as many times as you want. Runs all month.


March Scavenger Hunt 3/1/22-3/31/22 10:30 AM to Close

Find all the green images hidden in the Children’s Department and turn in your sheet for a prize. Play as many times as you want. Runs all month.


Seasonal Surprise Bags

Stop by the library any day these weeks and take home a Season Surprise Grab Bag.

Filled with crafts stickers, bookmarks, and other surprises to celebrate each season.

Recommended for ages 3-8.

No registration required supplies limited. First come, first serve.

Pick-ups starting: 1/24/22, 2/14/22, 3/14/22.


School-Aged Activities:

Grades K-5

Full STE(A)M Ahead Grades K-2 

Register below for a monthly Science, Technology, Engineering, or  Math activity. For children in grades K-2 only, please. Register each month for a new activity! Limit 12. Registration opens 2 weeks before each pick-up date. Register using the library’s online calendar. 

Registration for the January kit opens 12/28/21, pick-up begins 1/11/22. JANUARY IS FULL

Registration for the February kit opens 1/25/22, pick-up begins 2/8/22.

Registration for the March kit opens 2/22/22, pick-up begins 3/8/22.


Full STE(A)M Ahead Grades 3-5  

Register below for a monthly Science, Technology, Engineering, or  Math activity. For children in Grades 3-5 only, please. Register each month for a new activity! Limit 12.  Registration opens 2 weeks before each pick-up date. Register using the library’s online calendar. 

Registration for the January kit opens 12/28/21, pick-up begins 1/11/22. JANUARY IS FULL,WAITING LIST ONLY

Registration for the February kit opens 1/25/22, pick-up begins 2/8/22.

Registration for the March kit opens 2/22/22, pick-up begins 3/8/22.


Artists Only Grades 3-5

Artistic? Looking to practice your skills or try something new? Register every month for a new project with our Artists Only Kits. For children in Grades 3-5 only, please. Limit 12.  Registration opens 2 weeks before each pick-up date. Register using the library’s online calendar. 

Registration for the January kit opens 12/29/21, pick-up begins 1/12/22. JANUARY IS FULL, WAITING LIST ONLY

Registration for the February kit opens 1/26/22, pick-up begins 2/9/22.

Registration for the March kit opens 2/23/22, pick-up begins 3/9/22.


Artists Only Grades K-2

Artistic? Looking to practice your skills or try something new? Register every month for a new project with our Artists Only Kits. For children in Grades K-2 only, please. Limit 12.  Registration opens 2 weeks before each pick-up date. Register using the library’s online calendar.

Registration for the January kit opens 12/29/21, pick-up begins 1/12/22. JANUARY IS FULL

Registration for the February kit opens 1/26/22, pick-up begins 2/9/22.

Registration for the March kit opens 2/23/22, pick-up begins 3/9/22.


ValenSlime (Grades 3 and up) pick-up  2/18/21

Register for the best valentine, a slime kit! Open to children and teens in Grades 3 and up

Registration opens 2/4/22. Register using the library’s online calendar.


Teens

Grades 6-12

Teen Cuisine Kits

Have you ever wondered what can be cooked in a waffle iron- besides waffles? Register once and receive 3 unique kits (one per month) to try different creations! Waffle irons are provided, limit of 15, for teens in grades 6-12. Register online through the library’s online calendar for all 3 kits.

Registration opens 1/3/22.

Pick-up for the January kit begins 1/18/22.

Pick-up for the February kit begins 2/14/22.

Pick-up for the March kit begins 3/14/22.

Teen Self Care 

Teen Self Care is back! Take some time out for yourself with D.I.Y. projects, surprise treats, and recipes for yummy comfort food! Register each month for an entirely new kit, for teens in grades 6-12. Registration begins 2 weeks before each pick-up date using the library’s online calendar.

Registration for the January kit opens 1/3/22, pick-up begins 1/18/22.

Registration for the February kit opens 1/31/22, pick-up begins 2/14/22.

Registration for the March kit opens 2/28/22, pick-up begins 3/14/22.


Teen Book Box

Teens in grades 6-12 may register for a monthly subscription box from the Durham Public Library. 

They will receive a box with: 

  • YA/J title checked out to them for a two-month period.
  • Bookmark
  • Surprise(s)
  • Sticker

When they are finished simply return the book (and the box if you’d like to help us recycle) to the front desk.

Keep the rest of the items in the box!

Teens will be notified when the next month’s Teen Book Box is ready to go.

They will have one week to come and pick up their Teen Book Box

Books will be checked out for two months, however, in order to receive the next month’s box they MUST have returned the last book to the library!

Miss a month? That’s ok we will be in touch again the following month.

If teens miss two pick-ups in a row we will just remove them from our list. Teens are welcome to register again if they want to re-join the program.

Fill out the form (https://tinyurl.com/DPLTBB ) to receive a monthly Teen Book Box from the Durham Public Library.

(If you leave the optional questions blank we will just surprise you with a pick)