Introducing Power Up Afternoons

Mark your calendars—in mid-October, we're launching Power Up Afternoons to enrich and activate after-school experiences for K-12 students two hours a day, Monday-Friday.

We have amazing things planned for you, whether you are a kindergartner or a high school student, every day after school. Power Up Afternoons is a chance for school-aged students to connect and make friends while activating creativity, innovation and learning.

Power Up Afternoons begins the week of October 17 at all library locations. Every day will be a little different but will always surprise and delight you. Experiences may center around mental wellness, art and self-expression, STEAM, and lifting up the many different voices and perspectives in our communities.

For elementary-aged students, families will want to join in on activities like DIY playdough, racecar painting and learning coding through working with robots.

Middle school experiences may include exploring with microscopes, relaxing through journal or button making, or creating their own Lockbox Challenge.

High school age experiences may include creative writing workshops and exploring social justice ideas and expression. Come to the library, work on homework and recharge with a mindfulness or art activity.

Every week, we will welcome special guests—experts to host engaging hands-on experiences for youth, including live insect labs, interactive drumming workshops and tech design challenges.

Continue your creative exploration outside the library by checking out books or engaging with our online resources! Younger students will enjoy educational games on ABCmouse or reading interactive eBooks on TumbleBook Library. Crafters will find courses on CreativeBug to delight and inspire them. Those seeking academic support can take advantage of HelpNow, a free online tutoring service available in several languages.

Visit our events calendar to see when Power Up Afternoons is offered at your local library and the energizing events we have planned!

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