Sno-Isle Libraries offers a new way to give kids a break from coronavirus-induced screen time.
To Do! To Go! is a monthly take-home activity kit that will be available for contact-free pickup at every Sno-Isle Libraries community library, starting this month.
“We’re aiming to provide activities that will connect families to the library beyond virtual or online programming,” said Shannon Horrocks, Snohomish Library children’s librarian and Offline Activities Team project leader. “These activities will help families and their kids combat ‘screen fatigue’ and will be fun, hands-on and engaging.”
Activities will be created to fit the needs of preschoolers, kids and teens, and could include printable hands-on activities, science experiments, art projects and more. Each activity may also include booklists or other references for additional learning.
“The team recognized a need for offline learning experiences for students and jumped at the call,” Horrocks said. “We are excited to launch this new monthly service that will utilize the creativity of our youth services staff and hopefully bring some joy to our community families.”
October’s activity kit includes a math workbook for preschoolers, corner bookmarks for kids and a CubeeCraft for teens, plus instructions. The kits are available at all community libraries on a first-come, first served basis. You can call your community library to see if it has activity kits available.
Three new sets of activities will be offered at the start of each month.
The idea for the bags originally came up as a possible take-home activity during Harry Potter Week in July, Horrocks said. “We’re ready now. It’s really exciting.”
The team will focus on creating activity kits that offer elements of reading, science, art and movement, said Cassie Hanson, team member and a librarian in Granite Falls.
“We’ll try to keep it equitable for all the kids,” said Chelsea Cooper, team member and Oak Harbor Library children’s librarian.