Make & Take Kits
Take our art and craft workshops on the go with our Make & Take activity kits. Each kit includes materials for a few simple hands-on art and science activities and all contents are for your family to keep. Kits are offered for preschoolers through teens. No library card is needed to request a kit. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Stop at our lobby holds desk to request a kit or call our Patron Services desk at (708) 366-7171 to reserve one in advance. We will post an event on our Calendar of Events each time a new set is released.
Coding and Game Design
The library offers coding workshops seasonally. Tweens can also experiment with the pre-loaded apps on our library tablets like Scratch and Bloxels by practicing with our Wonder Workshop robots and Ozobots. Concerned about screen time? Younger children can still get in pre-coding skill practice by playing with our screen-free coding activity sets located with our board games.
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Mathematics Support and Enrichment
Take home our Math Center activity kit, or explore our selection of math-themed Playaway Launchpads. Our launchpads come in a sturdy rubberized case and are pre-loaded with a variety of games to make learning fun. For younger learners we support the connection between early math skills and early literacy by incorporating these concepts into many of our storytimes. We also offer a math-themed storytime at least once a year. Check in with our Calendar of Events for upcoming offerings.
Wonder Workshop robots introduce coding skills. Ask to test drive Dot, Dash, or Cue or take robots home by checking out our robot kit. Robots check out for three weeks and are eligible for auto-renewal.
Dot and Dash work with all Wonder Workshop apps which are available for free through iTunes and Google Play.
If your child has ever taken something apart to figure out how it works, you might be seeing the signs of a natural tinkerer! Channel this curiosity in a safe way through exploration of the library’s Snap Circuits Motion and 3D Illumination sets. These sets serve as a fun and approachable introduction to electrical engineering. They allow kids to construct workable gadgets and learn circuit construction and design. Snap Circuits can be checked out with a library card or used in-house upon request at the Youth Services desk.