STEM kits for pickup
Wednesdays in January
Free to take while supplies last
Bust winter boredom with these weekly take-home kits for kids and
teens that allow them to explore science, technology, engineering
and math in a fun way. Kits will be available for pickup at the
library on Wednesdays in January. Kits are free while supplies last.
For kids in K - 5th grades:
Wednesday, January 6th: Marshmallow/toothpick structures
Get creative with this classic!
Wednesday, January 13th: Aluminum foil light up circuits
Explore circuits with everyday materials!
Wednesday, January 20th: Popsicle stick energy chain
Build potential energy before releasing kinetic energy!
Wednesday, January 27th: CD hovercraft
Watch it glide around your desk!
For teens in grades 6 and up:
Wednesday, January 13th: Color change slime
Use your body heat to change the slime’s color!
Wednesday, January 27th: Kool-Aid Lip Gloss
Super easy to make, and flavored with Kool-Aid!
The Big Piney Library Facebook page
Genavieve broadcasts Virtual Storytime on Thursday mornings at
10:30 am on the Big Piney Library Facebook page. The first Thursday
of the month is Baby and Me time, dedicated to children ages 0 -
2 but fun for everyone.
Our Thursday, January 21st Virtual Storytime
has been delayed due to illness. Please watch it on Facebook on
Friday, January 22nd at 10:30 am.
Pick up monthly Storytime kits at the library
We have accompanying Storytime kits with themed crafts and songs
for the month, all in a cute reusable bag that your child can decorate.
The bags will contain storytime goodies (silk scarf, egg shaker,
crayons, etc.), and art supplies to accompany all of each month's
Storytimes. Pick one up at the library on the Wednesday
before each month's first Storytime.
January Storytime kits will be available for pickup starting Wednesday,
the Big Piney Library on Facebook
previous Storytime videos on Facebook or on
Take-Home Craft Kits: Celebrating Black American Inventors
Wednesdays during February
Free to take while supplies last
February is Black History Month and during this month, and our
craft activity take-home kits are inspired by some of the many achievements
by African American inventors. Kits with instructions and supplies
will be available for pickup at the library on Wednesdays in February.
Kits are free while supplies last.
Wednesday, February 3rd: The Mailbox (kids and
Write a letter to an elder that lives at the Sublette Center.
This past year has been tough for all of us, but seniors in retirement
communities like the Sublette Center haven’t been able to
have visitors due to Covid. Help brighten their day with a beautiful
letter! Pick up a coloring page letter with writing prompts, brightly
colored envelope and vintage stamp sticker to fill out for a senior.
Return your letter to the Big Piney Library by the end of the month,
and we’ll mail them to the Sublette Center using Philip B.
Downing’s invention, the mailbox!
Wednesday, February 10th: The Keychain (kids)
and the Horseshoe (teens)
Kids in grades K - 5, use Frederick J. Loudin’s invention,
the keychain, to make a fun and simple leather and wood bead decoration
for your backpack!
Teens and tweens in grades 6 and up, decorate John W. Outlaw’s
inventions, the horseshoe, to make a luck-filled addition to your
Wednesday, February 24th: Marble Run Game Board (kids)
& American Clock (teens)
Kids in grades K - 5, celebrate W. U. Moody's patented a 1897 marble
run game board! Use it as a template for your paper plate marble
run, or design your own.
Teens and tweens in grades 6 and up, create a beautiful desk clock.
in 1752, with only a pocket knife, Benjamin Banneker built the first
clock made in America, and did it out of mostly wood. It kept accurate
time for over 20 years! In honor of this, we’re making watercolor
desk clocks. Paint the clock face, add your numbers, and then assemble
the clock hands and motor on these sophisticated and beautiful time
STEAM To Go! Kits available for Checkout
Kits check out for 7 days
Ask for them at the circulation desk
While we can't offer in-house STEM and STEAM programs for our homeschoolers
and young enthusiasts, you can now take award-winning kits home
to explore, build, experiment with, and enjoy! The kits can be checked
out for 7 days. Ask for them at the circulation desk. Please note
that several of the kits have small pieces and/or may require a
quick training with library staff before bringing them home.
Includes a TELMU inverted microscope with 40X-320X magnification,
as well as 48 prepared slides of insects, plants and flowers. Suitable
for kids in 5th - 12th grades.
Ozobot is a fast and precise miniature smart robot that instantly
reacts to lines, patterns and color sequences on both digital and
physical surfaces. Features a color optical sensing module and two
independent micro-motors. Suitable for kids in 4th - 8th grades.
Sphero SPRK+ is a programmable robot ball designed to inspire creativity
and curiosity through coding and play. Learn programming, complete
hands-on STEAM activities, and share your creations with others.
Requires a smart device and an app. Suitable for kids in 4th - 8th
Snap Circuits Kit
Snap Circuits Classic SC-300 Electronics a beginner circuits/electronics
kit. Tackle over 300 experiments such as a photosensitive electronic
organ, a lie detector, an AM radio, and a two-finger touch lamp.
Suitable for kids in 3rd - 8th grades.
littleBits Electronics Kit
littleBits is an intermediate circuit/electronics kit. It has 18
color-coded Bits that snap together with magnets to make over 5
million simple and complex circuit combinations. Suitable for kids
in 7 - 12th grades. Contains numerous small pieces.
Water Rocket Kit
Use the power of water pressure to blast a rocket up to 90 feet
in the air. The Water Rocket kit contains all the parts needed such
as a bike pump, bottle, valve, and tube required to transform a
recycled soda bottle into a functioning water rocket. Suitable for
kids in 4th - 12th grades.
Storytime Kit Available for Checkout: The Search for
Great for ages 3 - 5
Enjoy storytime at home with a Wyoming specific nature based kit
with puppets and activities, most suitable for pre-readers aged
3 - 5 and available for checkout. The kit features The Search
for Jack, a children’s book about two friends, Chuck
the Beaver and Pepper the Meadowlark, exploring Wild Wyoming together
to find the mysterious jackalope. The kit checks out for 7 days.
Ask for it at the circulation desk.
Preloaded Nook® HDs for kids available for check out
Any time is a great time to introduce a new way of enjoying books
to your kids — our preloaded Nook® HDs allow kids to enjoy
old and new favorites in a safe and age appropriate manner. Both
the Pinedale and Big Piney libraries have Nook HDs preloaded with
dozens of ebooks for preschoolers (most with a "read to me"
option), for early readers, and for 3rd graders and up. All Nook
HDs come with parental controls and do not access the Internet or
games — they are just for reading. Just power up and go! Nook
HDs check out for 3 weeks.
Study Hall for Middle and High School Students
Mondays - Thursdays
3:45 - 6 pm
The Teen Area
In response to a growing need for middle and high school students
to have indoor community space for studying, we have adjusted our
current policies to welcome them back into the library without adult
accompaniment. At this time we are pleased to offer "Study
Hall" time for middle and high school students in our teen
area. Up to 10 are now welcome in the teen area to do homework and
study for exams after school, Mondays through Thursdays from 3:45
pm until 6 pm. The space will be supervised by a library staff member.
Please note the following:
• Masks are required
• No teen area computers are available
• No food is allowed
• Students must practice social distancing
Available each day after school
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Big Piney Library
Kids and teens are welcome in the library, YAY! But, because of
covid-19, they must be accompanied by an adult, BUMMER. Not to worry
though... We want your kids to come into the library and we know
your kids want to come into the library, but sometimes it's tough
for you to make it over to the library and accompany them inside
so they can find and check out what they want. Let us make it easier.
For an hour after school (3:30 - 4:30 pm), kids of all ages are
welcome to come to the library and our Programming Coordinator Genavieve
White or Library Assistant LaTisha Phillips (on Mondays) will be
available outside to accompany them inside and help them locate
books, movies, games etc. that interest them and check those items
out to them before bringing them back outside the library. If Genavieve
or LaTisha are inside helping another child, kids are welcome to
just wait outside and we will come get them in a moment.
Unfortunately, children and teens cannot linger inside the library
to play games, use the computer or hang out right now. :-( This
chaperone service is only for checking things out to take home.
Chaperoning is available each day that school is in session. Want
to send the kids over to the library to check things out at another
time? Simply make an appointment with us and we will gladly meet
them outside when it's more convenient for you. Call Genavieve at
(307) 276-3515 and let us know what time is good.
the Big Piney Library catalog
Baby Welcome Tote Bag & Gifts
Suitable for Newborn - 6 months
Have you recently had a baby? Ask for our free Baby Welcome Tote
Bag to help start your little one on a path to lifelong reading.
Our reusable canvas tote bag is filled with:
• a custom Sublette County Libraries onesie
• early literacy milestone info
• a book gift!
Welcome tote bag and gifts have been generously funded by the
Sublette County Library Foundation, Inc. They are best for babies
of ages newborn - 6 months.
Thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks added to cloudLibrary
for kids and teens
The Wyoming State Library recently announced that thousands of
e-books and e-audiobooks had been added to cloudLibrary for kids
and teens to make use of in response to the pandemic. Now, the State
Library has announced that even more are now available. In late
December, an additional $750,000 in cloudLibrary purchases were
made to provide additional downloadable materials for young readers.
In total, nearly $1 million has gone into providing nearly 50,000
digital items to keep K-12 students across Wyoming reading and learning
the cloudLibrary collection here
info about getting started and troubleshooting
Ready4K: Text messages to boost your child's learning
Parents of preschoolers, you can now sign up for a new, free texting
service that delivers fun facts and easy tips to your phone. Called
Ready4K, the texting service shows parents how to boost children’s
learning and get them ready for kindergarten. In the last year,
the University of Wyoming's Literacy Research Center and Clinic
teamed up with Stanford University to develop and research Ready4K
to make this service available in Wyoming. Research shows that receiving
these helpful texts can significantly increase children’s
learning. Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 to 5, are
invited to sign up for the free service, which provides three texts
per week. The service is available in English and Spanish.
Learn more about
Ready4K and sign up