ZB Kids

Check out the following pages for more classes and programs for kids.

  • Spring Break Specials – Keep the kids entertained and enlightened during Spring Break (March 21-26) and keep your sanity! Enjoy fun and educational programs as a family.
  • #ZBHeritage – February is Black History Month. Participate in the celebration!
  • #ZBReads – ZB Library invites people of all ages to read, explore, learn, and participate in the conversation about Malala Yousafzai and how she became a leading advocate of children’s right to education.

Special Programs

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Hey, kids! Put on your PJ’s and grab your stuffed animal. We’ll count up all the critters in our Crazy Creature Census and then watch an online funny story about counting. You’ll go home with stickers and an animal tangram (a Chinese geometric puzzle consisting of seven pieces).
Thursday, 3/10 ● 6:30-7:30 PM ● Infant-Grade 4

2016 Bookmark Contest
Design a bookmark, using the summer reading club theme, “Read for the Win.” Cash prizes will be awarded, with the overall winning design printed and given to local students. Details will be at the Youth Services desk in March.
3/21-4/11 ● Grades K-8

Spawn: Make It, Hack It, Invent It
Spawn is the first Mini Maker Faire where you can create, invent, hack, learn, craft, make, and play. Whether you’re a techy, crafter, tinker, hobbyist, artist, student, or maker of any kind—the world will be at your fingertips. Code a robot, write your name with a 3D pen, light up the world with LEDs, and sew much more!
Tuesday, 3/22 ● 1-3:30 PM ● All Ages

Home School Expo
Students can present a project—display a craft or art, play an instrument, give a speech, show off a science experiment, give a book talk, demonstrate a special skill, or share a hobby. Everyone is welcome to attend! Students, please register to present.
Thursday, 3/31 ● 6:30-8 PM ● All Ages

After School Adventures

After School Program
Volunteers from the Zion Community Focus Group provide free tutoring, homework help, and literacy activities, starting in mid-September. This year, students will discover that “Reading is Key.” Note: the After School Program does not meet on school holidays.
Mondays & Thursdays ● 4-6 PM ● Grades 3-12

Explore Your WorldExplore your world
Calling all explorers! Join us on a new adventure each week as we explore the world around us through fun activities and crafts.
Wednesdays ● 3:15-4:15 PM ● Grades K-4

  • 2/10: TED Talks – Watch TED Talks by kids who are changing the world and discuss ways to make an impact on others and our environment.
  • 2/17: Random Acts of Kindness Day – Explore what you can do to help brighten someone’s day and learn more about Malala Yousafzai.
  • 2/24: World Leaders – Learn about the inspiring lives of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela, then create collages.
  • 3/2: Georgia – Visit the land of peanuts and peaches, then learn a few of the 300 uses for peanuts that were discovered by George Washington Carver.
  • 3/9: Malala’s Story – Learn more about Malala and do an activity featuring words and symbols.
  • 3/16: Kite Day – Make a kite out of a sheet of paper and discover how a boy and his kite helped build a suspension bridge across Niagara Falls.
  • 3/30: Constellations – Explore the constellations from the warmth of the library, then create galaxy pinwheels.

Reading Programs

Guys Read
Discover new reads, share what you’re reading, and talk about favorite books. We’ll play video games, eat snacks and hang out.
Tuesdays ● 4-5:30 PM ● Grades K-8

  • 2/16: Strength and Structure – Devise expansive bridges and tall skyscrapers.
  • 3/15: Best of Luigi – Celebrate Nintendo’s famous character. We’ll see how his appearance has evolved and learn how to draw our favorite green guy.

Night-OwlNight Owl Stories
Become a storyteller by keeping a journal of your thoughts and ideas. We’ll practice telling stories from books, and then we’ll create stories from our lives and our imaginations.
Tuesdays ● 4-5 PM ● Grades K-8

  • 2/23: Learn about Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, and how you can share her story.
  • 3/29: Discover how Benjamin Franklin flew a kite to prove that lightning was electricity, and then create your own story about a kite.

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Join us for a discussion, and share your thoughts and opinions about the story with other fans.

  • The Amulet Series – We’ll dicuss the Amulet graphic novel series with a focus on the first book: The Stonekeeper. Afterwards, we’ll create our own comic illustrations inspired by the book.
    Thursday, 3/17 ● 5-5:45 PM ● Grades K-8

Ongoing Activities

American Girl
Bring your favorite doll and a parent or guardian for activities and treats.
Saturdays ● 2-3:30 PM ● Grades K-8 ● R-Requested

  • 3/12: Addy’s True Freedom – Celebrate with Addy in 1864, as she explores her new life and learns the meaning of “True Freedom.”

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Learn how to code with SCRATCH and create your own computer programs. No experience is necessary, but a free SCRATCH account is required. Visit the Youth Services desk for information on how to create your account.
Tuesdays: 2/9, 3/8, & 3/22 ● 4-6 PM ● Grades 3-8

Minecraft Club Junior
Play Minecraft in the Youth Services department! Bring your own device or use one of ours. Click here to request a Minecraft Alias.
Mondays: 2/22 & 3/28 ● 3-5 PM ● Grades K-4 ● R-Required

Let your imagination run wild or use the monthly theme to create a LEGO® masterpiece! This program encourages creativity and helps to develop planning and constructing skills.
Thursday,  3/3 ● 4-6 PM ● All Ages

Preschool Programs

Busy Bees Bunch
Get your little ones ready to read with these fun-filled sessions. One caregiver per child is recommended. R-Requested
Mondays, 1/11-3/14 ● 6-6:30 PM ● Infant-Age 3
Tuesdays, 1/12-3/15 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Infant-Age 3

Stories and More
Stories, fingerplays, and music get children ready to read. Come to one session or all of them!
Mondays, 1/11-3/14 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Ages 3-6
Tuesdays, 1/12-3/15 ● 9:30-10 AM ● Ages 3-6
Wednesdays, 1/13-3/16 ● 6:30-7 PM ● Ages 3-6

Bedtime Math Stories
Hey, kids! Put on your PJ’s and grab your stuffed animal. We’ll count up all the critters in our Crazy Creature Census and then watch an online funny story about counting. You’ll go home with stickers and an animal tangram (a Chinese geometric puzzle consisting of seven pieces).
Thursday, 3/10 ● 6:30-7:30 PM ● Infant-Grade 4

The Crafty Foxfox
What surprise does the Crafty Fox have for you to create? Create a scene with umbrellas and boots, while preparing for spring rains.
Monday, 3/28 ● 6-6:30 PM ● Infant–Age 6
Tuesday, 3/29 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Infant–Age 6