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A valid MCPL library card for each patron (adults, children and teens) is required at time of registration. Please let us know if you require any special accommodations because of a disability.

Children’s & Family Programs

  • Exploring Nature (J501)
    For children entering 1st – 3rd grade.
    Explore nature using teamwork and your five senses through interactive and fun activities.
    Monday, July 30, 2018    
       10:00am – 10:45am     Summer I - Centereach

                OR
    Friday, August 10, 2018    
       6:30pm – 7:15pm     Summer II - Centereach

  • Gardening Fun at Hobb’s Farm (J453)
    For children entering K – 2nd grade. Parent/caregiver must stay at the farm for the duration of the program.
    Join us at Hobb’s Farm for this interactive and fun program presented by the teens of MCPL’s Gardening Crew. Help out with harvesting and caring for the gardens, learn about healthy food choices and then make a healthy and delicious snack to eat.
    Thursday, July 19, 2018    
       6:30pm – 7:30pm      Summer I - Off Premises – Hobb’s Farm

  • Geology Rocks! (J502)
    For children entering 1st – 3rd grade.
    Rocks, rocks are everywhere! They have been around for ages. Come to the library and mine for rocks, gems and minerals then shine them up and classify them.
    Friday, August 3, 2018    
       10:00am – 11:00am     Summer II - Centereach

                OR
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018    
       6:00pm – 7:00pm     Summer II - Centereach

  • Gardening Crew (T786)
    For teens entering 5th – 12th grade.
    Join us at Hobb’s Community Farm to learn about the benefits of organic gardening and to serve the community by planning, preparing, and harvesting at the farm. Community service hours will be awarded. This program is sponsored by the TD Charitable Foundation.
    Thursdays, June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 2018    
       6:00pm – 7:30pm     Summer I - Hobb's Farm

  • Go Outside! (J462)
    For families with children entering Pre-K – 3rd grade. Older and younger siblings welcome.
    These engaging outdoor activities will encourage family exploration of nature.
    Choose one date from each theme:
    Dirt
    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm     Summer I - Centereach
    Thursday, June 28, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am     Summer I - Centereach
    Wednesday, August 1, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am     Summer II - Centereach
    Thursday, August 2, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm     Summer II - Centereach

    Water
    Monday, July 9, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am     Summer I - Centereach
    Wednesday, July 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm     Summer I - Centereach
    Monday, August 6, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am     Summer II - Centereach
    Wednesday, August 8, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm     Summer II - Centereach

    Sand
    Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm     Summer I - Centereach
    Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am     Summer I - Centereach
    Tuesday, August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am     Summer II - Centereach
    Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm     Summer II - Centereach

    Animals
    Monday, July 23, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am     Summer I - Centereach
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm     Summer II - Centereach
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm     Summer II - Centereach
    Monday, August 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am     Summer II - Centereach

  • International Mud Day (J500)
    For families with children ages 4- 8 years old.
    Let’s celebrate MUD! Dress to get messy! Playing and creating with mud can be super fun!
    Friday, June 29, 2018    
      5:00pm – 6:00pm     Summer I - Centereach
  • Let’s Salsa (J466)
    For children entering K – 2nd grade and 3rd – 5th grade.
    Join the MCPL Green Teens for some Saturday Salsa Fun. We will explore the types of vegetables that grow in the garden, how to make salsa and take part in other activities!
    Saturday, July 21, 2018    
      11:00am – 11:45am (entering K – 2nd)     Summer I - Centereach
      12:15pm – 1:00pm (entering 3rd – 5th)     Summer I - Centereach
  • MCPL Rocks (J486)
    For children, teens and families.
    Ever notice how one little thing can make your day? This summer, we’re asking our MCPL patrons to practice “random rocks of kindness” by painting and decorating rocks with pictures and/or inspirational sayings and then leave them around the community for others to find. The back of each rock will include the MCPL Rocks Facebook page address and creators of the rocks and those who find them can choose to check in on the project’s Facebook page to share. You can create rocks on your own or come by any of our drop-in sessions to participate. We’ll supply the rocks, paints, markers and inspirational company! Contact the Youth Services department or our MCPL Rocks Facebook page for more details.
    Saturday, June 23, 2018     
       11:00am – 1:00pm     Summer I - Centereach

                AND/OR
    Tuesday, July 3, 2018    
       10:00am – 12:00pm     Summer I - Centereach

                AND/OR
    Friday, July 6, 2018    
       3:00pm – 5:00pm     Summer I - Centereach

                AND/OR
    Tuesday, July 10, 2018    
       3:00pm – 5:00pm     Summer I - Centereach

                AND/OR
    Friday, July 13, 2018    
       10:00am – 12:00pm     Summer I - Centereach

                AND/OR
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018    
       5:00pm – 7:00pm     Summer I - Centereach

  • Nature Book Workshop (J463)
    For children entering 3rd – 5th grade.
    Create your own extraordinary book using found objects in nature and then express your love of the outdoors through nature sketching and creative writing. Please plan on attending all three sessions.
    Tuesday, July 3; Thursday, July 5; Friday, July 6, 2018    
      10:00am – 11:00am     Summer I - Centereach
  • Nature Buddies (J464)
    For children ages 4 – 7 years old.
    Enjoy nature activities with the Green Teens Environmental Club.
    Thursdays, August 16, 2018    
       5:30pm – 6:15pm     Summer II - Centereach

                AND
    September 20, 2018    
       5:30pm – 6:15pm     Summer II - Centereach

  • Nature Exploration: Patterns & Camouflage (J481)
    For children entering K – 2nd grade/ entering 3rd – 5th grade.
    Through stories, interactive activities and art, children will learn how animals’ colors and patterns help them to blend into their environment.
    Wednesdays, July 18, 2018     
       5:00pm – 5:45pm (entering K – 2nd grade)     Summer I - Centereach
       6:00pm – 6:45pm (entering 3rd – 5th grade)     Summer I - Centereach

                AND
    August 15, 2018     
       5:00pm – 5:45pm (entering K – 2nd grade)     Summer II - Centereach
       6:00pm – 6:45pm (entering 3rd – 5th grade)     Summer II - Centereach

  • Nature Explorium: Don’t Bug Me (J506)
    For children entering 3rd – 5th grade.
    Join the Sweetbriar Nature Center as they bring live examples, costumes and other natural items and help you learn all about the amazing world of bugs.
    Thursday, July 26, 2018    
       10:30am – 11:30am     Summer I - Centereach

                OR
    Thursday, August 23, 2018    
       10:30am – 11:30am     Summer II - Centereach

  • Nature Explorium: Exploring Our Planet (J505)
    For children entering 3rd – 5th grade.
    Animals live in almost every place on earth including every continent. Children will take a trip around the globe without leaving their seats as they meet a variety of animals from the Sweetbriar Center.
    Thursday, July 12, 2018    
       10:30am – 11:30am     Summer I - Centereach

                OR
    Thursday, August 16, 2018    
       10:30am – 11:30am     Summer II - Centereach

  • Outdoor Parachute (J538)
    For families with children ages 18 months – 3 years old.
    Join us in the Nature Explorium for some fun parachute play.
    Saturday, July 14, 2018    
       10:30am – 11:30am     Summer I - Centereach

                AND/OR
    Monday, August 20, 2018    
       6:30pm – 7:00pm     Summer II - Centereach

  • Recycled Micro Garden (J488)
    For children entering K – 2nd grade.
    Create a miniature herb garden with recycled materials.
    Friday, July 6, 2018    
       2:00pm – 2:45pm     Summer I - Centereach

                OR
       3:00pm – 3:45pm     Summer I - Centereach
  • Summer Fun in the Nature Explorium (J523)
    For families with children ages 3 – entering 2nd grade.
    You may drop in any time during this program, but please register beforehand. Join us outside for a variety of nature crafts.
    Monday, August 13, 2018    
      6:00pm – 7:30pm     Summer II - Centereach
  • Winter in July (J503)
    For families with children entering Pre-K – 2nd grade.
    Join us for some fun winter snow activities to help cool off your summer day!
    Friday, July 27, 2018    
      3:00pm – 4:30pm     Summer I - Centereach

Teens

  • Gardening Crew (T786)
    For teens entering 5th – 12th grade.
    Join us at Hobb’s Community Farm to learn about the benefits of organic gardening and to serve the community by planning, preparing, and harvesting at the farm. Community service hours will be awarded. This program is sponsored by the TD Charitable Foundation.
    Thursdays, June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 2018    
      6:00pm – 7:30pm     Summer I - Hobb’s Farm
  • Green Teens (T816)
    For teens in 6th - 12th grade.
    Want to make a difference in the world? Join the Green Teens club and discuss environmental issues, work on eco-friendly projects, go on field trips, and receive community service credit for participating. To join, fill out a Green Teens application available online or at any reference desk.

  • Mindful Meditation Hike (T785)
    For teens entering 6th – 12th grade.
    Some say the best place to meditate is in nature. Join us for a hike and mindful meditation at Avalon Park and Preserve. We will use the beauty and peace of nature and learn mindfulness techniques that calm and rejuvenate the body and spirit.
    Saturday, September 8, 2018    
      3:00pm – 4:00pm     Summer II - Avalon Park and Preserve

In extreme weather conditions the Nature Explorium may need to be temporarily closed and its programs moved indoors.


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