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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!



Coming up

Virtual Storytime
Thursdays
10:30
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, January 6th.

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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 teens)

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 room!

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 pieces.


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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.

Microscope Kit
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 kit
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 Kit
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 grades.

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.


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Storytime Kit Available for Checkout: The Search for Jack
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.


Coming up

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.



Ongoing at the Pinedale Library
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


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Library Chaperoning
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.

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Ongoing at the Pinedale Library
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.


Ongoing at the Pinedale Library
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 at home.

Access the cloudLibrary collection here

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Ongoing at the Big Piney Library
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






 
 
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