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Keep 'Em Busy

Educational Fun for Kids

Stuck at home? Your kids can still have fun - and keep up those important reading (and pre-reading) skills, too.

This page is full of activities created and selected specially by LCPL youth services librarians just for our youngest patrons.

Show Us Your Work!

Have you tried an activity or challenge from this page? Read a book we recommended? Send an email to kids@lcplin.org with pictures or a book review and we'll display them on a special page.

See what kids have shared with us so far!

We miss you all, and can't wait to see you in the library again when we reopen!

Virtual Storytimes

Our librarians will be reading to you on our YouTube channel five times a week at 10:30 AM!

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Picture Book Storytime

Wednesdays: Mother Goose on the Loose (birth to 24 months)

Thursdays: Middle Grade Book Tasting

Fridays: Book Breaks! (Longer picture book readings)

Bonus Book Break: Sundays, 3:00 PM

 

Crafts & Activities

Video Guides

Check out our playlist of crafts and activities you can do with your kids!



Printables and Other Fun

Simple games, challenges, and activities for you and your child. You can print these at home, or simply open them on your computer or tablet and follow the instructions.

Shape Strength Test Needs paper, tape, and heavy items (like books!)

Home Scavenger Hunt

Building with Cardboard Cut-Outs Needs cardboard (like cereal boxes) and scissors

Make a Menu Needs old magazines/grocery flyers, scissors, glue/tape, paper, markers

Outside Scavenger Hunt

ABC Sensory Bins Needs a container and pasta/rice/beans

Library Summer Logo Challenge

Fairy Home Challenge

Fairy Tale Find-It

Mermaid Treasure Hunt

Pirate Treasure Hunt

Art Club:

Featured Artist: Frida Kahlo

Cave Paintings

Playing Our Way to Literacy: Small activities to do each day, week by week, to build your child's pre-reading skills at home.

Week One: Color  -  Black and White

Week Two: Color  -  Black and White

Week Three: Color - Black and White

Week Four: Color - Black and White

Week Five: Color - Black and White

Week Six: Color - Black and White

Week Seven: Color - Black and White

Week Eight: Color - Black and White

Week Nine: Color - Black and White

Week Ten: Color - Black and White

Week Eleven: Color - Black and White

Week Twelve: Color - Black and White

Week Thirteen: Color - Black and White

Week Fourteen: Color - Black and White

Week Fifteen: Color - Black and White

Week Sixteen: Color - Black and White

Week Seventeen: Color - Black and White

Week Eighteen: Color - Black and White

Science, Technology, Engineering, and MathSTEAM Challenges

Long Cut Challenge Needs paper, scissors

Tube Stack Challenge Needs cardboard tubes, scissors

Marble Run Needs a marble or ball, tape

Newspaper Building Needs newspapers, tape

Foil Boat Needs foil. Optional: pennies or other weights

Catapult Needs craft sticks, rubber bands, spoon, cotton ball or crumpled paper

LEGO Maze Needs LEGO bricks or other building blocks, a marble

Book Dominoes Needs books

September Steam Challenge: Sharks!
Try the activities - Watch the video

Storytime to Go

Miss storytime? Hold your very own storytime session at home! We've put together these guides to help you out.

Exploring Colors

Dinosaur Storytime

Ducks Storytime

Friends Storytime

Lions Storytime

Dragon Storytime

Bilingual Storytime: Spanish/English

Making Change

Self Love

Book Talks

We share some of our favorite kids' books and why we love them!

Want more kids' books and reading strategies?

For babies and toddlers, try our Every Child Ready to Read page

For middle grade kids, try these suggestions from YES staff:

Animal Stories

Contemporary Fiction

Testable eBooks

Historical Fiction

eBooks with Activities for Kids

Graphic Novels We Love

Even More Historical Fiction

Middle Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Pride Month Reads

Pride Month Reads for Preschool - 7th grade

Fantasy and Adventure

Upcoming Events
Sun, Sep 20, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Registration is now closed

Tue, Sep 22, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Sep 22, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us virtually as we talk to a park ranger from Mammoth Cave National Park about an amazing underground world! You need Zoom... more
Join us virtually as we talk to a park ranger from Mammoth Cave National Park about an amazing underground world! You need Zoom capability and an email address to attend. 

Tue, Sep 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Zoom Room
Join us for a virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the St. John... more
Join us for a virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the St. John Library. Must register by September, 2020. Ages 10-17.

Wed, Sep 23, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, Sep 23, 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Professional writer, Patrick Thornton has created a program to show researchers and genealogists at all levels, how to write engaging... more
Professional writer, Patrick Thornton has created a program to show researchers and genealogists at all levels, how to write engaging family stories to share with current and future generations.

Thu, Sep 24, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Thu, Sep 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email... more
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email address to register.

Fri, Sep 25, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Fri, Sep 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Talk to a ranger who works in the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park! To register, you must have an email address.

Sat, Sep 26, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, Sep 27, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Sep 29, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - Bit.Ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Sep 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom Room
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "An Extraordinary Union." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "An Extraordinary Union." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours at Dyer-Schererville a month prior to the event.

Tue, Sep 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Did you know there's a herd of bison not far from Lake County? We'll visit them with the Nature Conservancy in this program! You must... more
Did you know there's a herd of bison not far from Lake County? We'll visit them with the Nature Conservancy in this program! You must have an email address to attend.