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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!

Just Added:

Check here for the newest activities just added to the page!

• January STEAM Challenge: True or False
Try the activities - Watch the video

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 enjoy 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

Fall Bucket List

Roll Your Own Monster

Art Club:

Featured Artist: Frida Kahlo

Cave Paintings

Hispanic Heritage Month

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

Monthly STEAM Challenges:

• September: Sharks
Try the activities - Watch the video

• October: Pirates
Try the activities - Watch the video

• November: Native American Nations
Try the activities - Watch the video

• December: Cookie Chemistry
Try the activities - Watch the video

• January 2021: True or False
Try the activities - Watch the video

Step Into STEAM (for ages 2-6):

• September: Rainbows
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• October: Pumpkins
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• November: Making Butter
Try the activities - Watch the Video

• December: Coding
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

Upcoming Events
Mon, Jan 18, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Merrillville
In honor of MLK Day, get free legal advice from NWI lawyers. Reserve your spot via email, or get in a waiting room to have a brief, free... more
In honor of MLK Day, get free legal advice from NWI lawyers. Reserve your spot via email, or get in a waiting room to have a brief, free chat with a volunteer lawyer.

Mon, Jan 18, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in elementary grades are invited to join us for a special MLK-themed book break.

Mon, Jan 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Zoom
The Legacy Foundation's newest community conversation series begins with a discussion of Colson Whiteheads's The Underground Railroad. ... more
The Legacy Foundation's newest community conversation series begins with a discussion of Colson Whiteheads's The Underground Railroad. The Griffith-Calumet Twp branch will host a discussion via Zoom.

Mon, Jan 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Tue, Jan 19, 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.

Tue, Jan 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart Branch - Zoom
Our January 2021 title is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact... more
Our January 2021 title is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at hobart@lcplin.org for event details.

Tue, Jan 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need... more
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need an email address to register.

Wed, Jan 20, 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.

Rescheduled
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New date Tuesday, January 12, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Journey into the secret world of carnivorous plants with Longwood Gardens! You will need an email address to sign up.

Rescheduled
Wed, Jan 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
New date Tuesday, January 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need... more
Join rangers as they explore the Hearst Castle live and talk about William Randolph Hearst's vast collection of world art. You'll need an email address to register.

Wed, Jan 20, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for our virtual teen book club! This month we will be reading and discussing "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky... more
Join us for our virtual teen book club! This month we will be reading and discussing "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli. Registration is required. Ages 12-18

Wed, Jan 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
LCPL Zoom Meeting - Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Thu, Jan 21, 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.

Fri, Jan 22, 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.

Sat, Jan 23, 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.

Sun, Jan 24, 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.

Mon, Jan 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet twp Library - Zoom
Our January title is "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Email... more
Our January title is "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Email required. Contact us at griffith@lcplin.org for event details.

Mon, Jan 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Tue, Jan 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.

Tue, Jan 26, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
How do elephant seals live in the frigid winter waters of the ocean? What lets them live in such an extreme way? Find out with a visit... more
How do elephant seals live in the frigid winter waters of the ocean? What lets them live in such an extreme way? Find out with a visit to their habitat! You will need an email address to attend.

Tue, Jan 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Tue, Jan 26, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We will work together to find the impostor. Is it your friend? Could... more
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We will work together to find the impostor. Is it your friend? Could it be you? You appear to be a little sus. Ages 11 - 17.

Wed, Jan 27, 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.

Wed, Jan 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Could you survive Glacier Bay? Find out how many animals and people do that every day with this National Park program. Email address is... more
Could you survive Glacier Bay? Find out how many animals and people do that every day with this National Park program. Email address is required to register.

Wed, Jan 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
LCPL Zoom Meeting - Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.