Youth Programs


Huntington Memorial Library offers a variety of programs for all ages that supports a love for lifelong reading and learning, as well as supports a child’s imagination.

Check out our Youth Calendar for more information.

Summer Reading @ HML

June 29, 2020 – August 21, 2020

HML’s Summer Reading Program is heading online this year! With a mix of in-real-life and online activities, registration is open! 

Our summer theme this year is “Imagine Your Story” with a focus on folk tales and fairy tales.

This year we are using a state-provided online program called READsquared for our Reading Adventures. Using READsquared, children are able to log reading and participate in missions to gain points. For every 1500 points reached, children win a new book, a badge sticker or button, and a raffle ticket to put towards two raffle baskets.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:
* Children are motivated to read.
* Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
* Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
* Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
* Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

Reading Adventures

Read To Me (0 – 12 Yrs)
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This program is designed for children ages 0 to 12 who aren’t independent readers quite yet. 

Independent Reader (6 – 18 Yrs)
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This program is designed for children, tweens, and teens ages 6 to 18 who have become independent readers. 

Weekly Youth Programs

Weekly Summer Themes
* Summertime Fun
* Fairy Tales and Folktales
* Ice Cream and Desserts
* Gnomes and Fairies
* Flowers and Gardens
* Big and Small Monsters
* Birds and Bugs
* Castles! Dragons! Royalty!

Facebook Live Family Storytime (All Ages)
Registration is not Required
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Tues. @ 10:00am

Join Miss Kathryn for a Facebook Live family storytime where we will read books, sing songs, and do fun activities based around a different theme each week.

Online Toddler Storytime (1 – 3 Yrs)
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Wed. @ 10:00am
Nurture your child’s love of books! Join us online in a private Zoom storytime where we will share stories, songs, and action rhymes each week.

Online Preschool Storytime (3 – 5 Yrs)
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Thurs. @ 10:00am
Nurture your child’s love of books! Join us online in a private Zoom storytime where we will share stories, songs, and action rhymes each week.

Online Afternoon Explorers (5 – 7 Yrs)
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 @ 1:15pm
Fun and learning don’t have to stop when school lets out for summer! Join us online in a private Zoom storytime to discover new stories and do fun activities with your friends.

STEAM Programs

STEAM @ Home (6 – 14 Yrs)
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This program is all about giving you the tools to keep STEAMing Ahead at home. You can earn points by reading books with STEAM themes (we’ve even made a reading list of STEAM books that can help you find a book) OR by completing missions we’ve created full of STEAM at home activities. Once you earn 1,000 points, you’ve completed our basic STEAM @ Home Challenge!

STEAM @ Home features two raffles with up to six winners:

  • Made It Badge Raffle:
    Complete the Make Something! mission, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a Snap Circuits Jr. kit, which has everything you need for up to 100 electronics projects! For every ADDITIONAL 400 points you earn, you’ll get an extra entry. We’re giving away 5 kits, which means there will be 5 winners for this raffle.
  • Grand Prize Raffle:
    Complete the basic STEAM @ Home challenge by earning 1,000 points, and you’ll be automatically entered to win our grand prize, a 3-month subscription to a KiwiCo Tinker Crate or Kiwi Crate. For every ADDITIONAL 500 points you earn after that, you’ll get an extra entry. There will be 1 grand prize winner.

Online Minecraft Camp (8 – 12 Yrs)
Registration begins June 22nd

Sat. July 11, 2020 – August 22, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30am
This seven week camp will use Minecraft’s educational potential to provide a fun and immersive learning experience. Please note that you must own your own copy of Minecraft: Java Edition to join.

Online Coding Camp (Grades 6 – 9)
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Weds. July 1, 2020 – Aug. 19, 2020, 2:00 – 3:30pm
At this eight-week virtual camp, kids will learn a real programming language by playing through puzzles! Kids will be able to work independently throughout the week and also meet once a week with the rest of the campers and their coding coach to enjoy learning together.

Skype With a Scientist: Cole Imperi (Families with children ages 6 – 14)
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July 16th, 3:00 pm

Join us for a virtual kid-led Q&A with a real working scientist! We’ll be visited by Cole Imperi, thanatologist, to talk about all the deadly plants in fairy tales and folklore and to answer all of your death questions.

STEAM Ahead To Go (Best for 6 – 14 yrs, but other ages welcome)
First come, first served
4 Mondays: July 6th, July 20th, August 3rd, August 17th

On four Mondays this summer, we’ll put out STEAM Ahead To Go bags at the library with a hands-on STEAM activity inside. Just drop in any time to grab a bag! Later in the week, Bridget will guide you through the activity in a video. All videos will be posted in this playlist.

Open Programs

*Registration is not required for all our open programs*

Take and Make Craft (All Ages)
Do you love making crafts at the library? Well now you can make one at home! Every Monday, we will put out Take and Make crafts at the library. Come by and pick one up to participate in this activity!

Library Park Scavenger Hunt (All Ages)
Fairies are hiding in the trees in the Huntington Park! How many can you find?

Library Park Storywalk
More information to come

First Chapter Fridays (8 – 12 Yrs)
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Each week is a new chapter from a new book. Will you find your new favorite book or genre? Find out every Friday on Youtube where we will be reading a chapter from a Middle Grade book.

Guessing Jar (All Ages)
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Ever wonder how much food a Unicorn can eat? So do we! Can you guess how much unicorn food is in this jar?

Built-It Challenge (All Ages)
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Challenge yourself each week using LEGOs or other building materials at home to win a raffle ticket towards a LEGO Suitcase prize. We will post a new theme every Monday.

Coloring Contest
“What do you Love About the Library?” Draw a picture and bring it to the library. There are four age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Do your best and don’t forget to put your name and age on your picture!