Summer Programs for Kids

In the summer, the library continues to offer our usual, wide variety of children's programs but we also offer some special events and celebrations to further highlight the importance of summer reading.
Discovery Tables  |  Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show  |  Home, Sweet Habitat  |  Library FunFest

Discovery Tables

Drop in for a rotating series of self-guided, discover-it-yourself activities! All have something in common--they promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and encourage critical thinking. Your children are learning while they have fun! Don’t forget to come back to enjoy the next one! 

England RunPorterSalem Church and Snow Branches and the Headquarters Library, June 7 - August 27

Animal Adaptations
Find out how animals adapt in order to survive in their environment.

Magnetic Mania!
Move the wand around the bottle and anything you “catch” is magnetic! 

Mars from Above
Explore and compare the features of Mars and Earth. 

Scientist Scavenger Hunt
History’s greatest scientists have gone missing! Search through the children’s room to find them and learn about their accomplishments!

Tornado Warning!
Watch the Tornado in a Bottle and Play the Tornado Warning Game. Are you prepared?

Weight in Space
Step on our special scales to find out your weight on Earth, Jupiter, and the moon!


Fizz, Boom, Read! Magic Show

Joe Romano returns with a brand new show featuring jaw-dropping illusions. Grades K-6. Sign-up begins May 1.

Tuesday, June 17th 
Salem Church Branch, 10 and 11:30

Thursday, June 19th
Newton Branch,  11
Montross Branch,  2:30
Cooper Branch, 5

Monday, June 23rd
Porter Branch,  9:30 and 11
Snow Branch, 2:30

Tuesday, June 24th
Headquarters Library, 9:30 and 11
England Run Branch, 2 and 4

Home, Sweet Habitat

Explore how different animals satisfy their needs for food, water, shelter, and space. Live animals will be featured. Presented by The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Grades K-6. Sign-up begins May 1.

Monday, July 14
England Run Branch, 2 and 3:30

Tuesday, July 15
Salem Church Branch, 10 and 11:30
Headquarters Library, 2:30 and 5

Wednesday, July 16
Porter Branch, 9:30 and 11 
Snow Branch, 3

Thursday, July 17
Newton Branch, 11
Montross Branch, 2:30
Cooper Branch, 5


Library FunFest

Community celebration with games, prizes, activities, popsicles and more. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All ages.

Wednesday, August 6
England Run Branch, 10:00-12:00

Wednesday, August 6
Headquarters Library, 2-3:30

Friday, August 8
Snow Branch, 11:00 - 12:00

Saturday, August 9
Salem Church Branch, 10:00-12:00

Friday, August 15
Porter Branch, 10:00-12:00