We’re preparing a new lineup of virtual programs for January-May 2021. We’ll continue to offer family storytime, crafts, and origami instructional videos, but we’re also introducing two new programs.
For children up to 2nd Grade and families, we’ll have Read To Me Storytime and Family Crafts. Each Saturday at 10:30 AM we’ll alternate between a story geared to toddlers and a simple craft, and a story for families with a craft or origami project.
The At-Home Road Trip is for students in 3rd-5th grade. Each month, we’ll select a different region of the United States for our trip, and each week of that month we’ll have a set of questions that kids can try their research skills against. At the end of the program in May, we’ll have a raffle for a $25 gift card prize! See the complete rules below for more details. Plus, every child who participates in the program is eligible for a free goodie bag each month.
For students in 6th-8th grade, we’ll be offering a monthly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) project. Once a month we’ll post a demonstration video about that month’s theme. Let it inspire you to make your own twist on our project. Send a photo or a video of your completed project to the library, and you’ll earn a chance for a $25 gift card raffle drawing at the end of the program in May. Earn up to five chances if you complete and send proof for every project.
All programs subject to change.
|Week No.||Mondays, 6 PM: At-Home Road Trip (3rd-5th Grade)||Thursdays, 6 PM: Monthly STEAM Project (6th-8th Grade)||Saturdays, 10:30 AM: Read To Me Storytime & Crafts|
|1||01/04-01/09||January Road Trip: Northeast||January Project: Structures||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|2||01/11-01/16||Answers Posted||Family Story / Craft|
|3||01/18-01/23||Answers Posted||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|4||01/25-01/30||Answers Posted||Last Week to Submit January Project||Family Story / Craft|
|5||02/01-02/06||Last of January's Answers Posted|
February Road Trip: Southeast
|February Project: Art||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|6||02/08-02/13||Answers Posted||Family Story / Craft|
|7||02/15-02/20||Answers Posted||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|8||02/22-02/27||Answers Posted||Last Week to Submit February Project||Family Story / Craft|
|9||03/01-03/06||Last of February's Answers Posted|
March Road Trip: Midwest
|March Project: Kite Building / Aerodynamics||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|10||03/08-03/13||Answers Posted||Family Story / Craft|
|11||03/15-03/20||Answers Posted||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|12||03/22-03/27||Answers Posted||Last Week to Submit March Project||Family Story / Craft|
|13||03/29-04/03||Last of March's Answers Posted|
April Road Trip: Southwest
|April Project: Environmental||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|14||04/05-04/10||Answers Posted||Family Story / Craft|
|15||04/12-04/17||Answers Posted||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|16||04/19-04/24||Answers Posted||Family Story / Craft|
|17||04/26-05/01||Last of April's Answers Posted|
May Road Trip: Northwest
|Last Week to Submit April Project||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|18||05/03-05/08||Answers Posted||May Project: Ice Cream Maker||Family Story / Craft|
|19||05/10-05/15||Answers Posted||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
|20||05/17-05/22||Answers Posted||Family Story / Craft|
|21||05/24-05/29||Last of May's Answers Posted||Last Week to Submit May Project||Preschool/Toddler Storytime/Craft|
At-Home Road Trip
This program is geared toward 3rd to 5th graders and will run from January through May. The first trip ticket will be available during the week of December 14th for those who are not affiliated with Dormont Elementary. If you are affiliated with Dormont Elementary, they will be in your December packet. Subsequent trip tickets will be available the last week of January, February, March, and April, to be used for the following month. For Dormont Elementary, the trip ticket will be in the monthly packet. The monthly trip ticket will contain the instructions for the program, information for the region that will be featured each month, and question / answer pages for each week.
The states will be divided into 5 regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and Northwest. There will be four questions each week and 4 weeks per region. Alaska and Hawaii will be included in the final month’s ticket book
The entire month’s questions will be contained in the ticket book, broken out into 4 weekly periods. We will post the answers for a week’s questions the following Monday at 6 PM. To receive credit for answering on a given week, a parent, guardian, or responsible adult needs to sign/initial the week’s page before that week’s answers are posted. (We don’t have any way of checking this. We request that parents please play fair.)
Library staff will check answers in one of two ways: bring the ticket book with you when you visit the library for a curbside pickup or to get a new month’s ticket book, or send photos of the completed pages to email@example.com. Each child can receive a goodie bag by showing us their completed ticket book each month. (Please call ahead when picking up a goodie bag so we can have it ready to go.)
For each completed ticket book, the child earns one chance in the prize raffle to be held at the end of May. If all the answers in that month’s ticket book are correct (and verified by a parent/guardian/responsible adult to have been written before the answers were posted), they will earn two tickets for that month. A child who completes each month’s ticket book can receive between 5 and 10 tickets in this way.
The raffle will be drawn at the end of May and is for one $25 gift card; we will notify the winner.
Library staff will track each child’s progress and ticket earnings.
Monthly STEAM Project
There will be one project each month, January through May. The project and a demonstration will be posted on the first Thursday of each month. To earn a raffle ticket for the prize drawing in May, participants must submit a photo or video of their version of the project to firstname.lastname@example.org before the 28th of each month.
Depending on the project, a limited supply of materials may be available for pickup at the library.
If you have any questions about any of these programs, please contact us using the contact form on our website, emailing email@example.com, or calling 412-531-8754 during our staff hours.