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Kid Zone

Storytime at Orem Library

Please note the fall storytime block ends November 23rd. This program will not be held in December as we prepare for the new year of storytimes! We will resume January 3rd.
Toddler Tales

Not held in December. We will resume January 3rd. For ages 0–3. Join us Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 10 & 11AM in the Kid Zone for songs, rhymes, and simple stories to introduce our youngest patrons to the world of words.

Preschool Storytime

Not held in December. We will resume January 3rd. For ages 3–5. Join us Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30 AM in the Storytelling Wing for songs, stories, rhymes, dances, and fun as children develop a love for reading and storytelling.

Bilingual Storytime

Not held in December. We will resume January 5th Join us Thursdays at 4:00pm in the Kid Zone for songs and stories in Spanish and English. First Thursday is Spanish only.

Traiga a toda la familia a la zona infantil cada semana para un cuento bilingüe especial de media hora. Todas las edades son bienvenidas.

Bouncing Babies

Not held in December. We will resume January 6th. For ages 0-12 months (pre-walking babies only). Join us Friday at 10:00am in the Storytelling wing for bounces, songs, and a short playtime where babies and caregivers may interact. Bring a blanket! Older babies or those with older siblings are invited to attend Toddler Tales on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Kids Any Time Activity

Going into nature and gathering plants for medicine or for food is an important tradition for indigenous tribes throughout North America. Learn about the purposes of plants and practice your plant-gathering skills by getting a paper pouch from the children’s desk and searching for plants around the children’s floor. When you’ve finished foraging, return your pouch to the desk to collect a sticker.

Tween Any Time Activity

Did you know that basket weaving dates back thousands of years? Baskets were used by Native American tribes for everything from catching fish to holding water, and were made from materials such as pine needles, cedar bark, and swamp grass. Learn more about the techniques and art of Native American basket weaving as you use yarn and a paper template to create your own basket to take home.

Check It Out! Book Club

Join us for the monthly Check It Out! Children’s Book Club where fellow 4th–6th graders and their caregivers will engage in discussions and participate in activities. Registration is required and is limited to 15 students and their caregivers. Register online or at any Children’s Desk. Then pick up a reserved copy of the book at the main floor Children’s Desk.

January 11th: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

February 8th: New Kid by Jerry Craft

Music & Movement

Not held in December. Music and Movement is a class designed for toddlers and their caregivers. Books, instruments, songs, fingerplays, and dances encourage the development of skills such as imitation, vocalizing, self and peer awareness, and much more. For children ages 18 months to 3 and their caregivers. Mondays at 10 AM in the Storytelling Wing.

Children's Literacy

Shared Reading

We don’t just do summer reading programs here. Our Shared Reading program is designed to help your child keep up the good reading all year-round.

The simple program encourages you and your child to become reading partners, as together you set reading goals and talk about what you read. You can create your own reward system for meeting your goals, but the library, through generous donations from local businesses, also provides several prizes for your child to choose from once a month. Sign up online at orem.beanstack.org or in the Beanstack app.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple and the rewards are priceless. Read any book to your child–infant, toddler, or preschooler–until you have read 1,000 books together. After registering, come to the Children’s main floor reference desk to receive your first 100 books record log. Record each book you and your child read together by simply marking the icon on the record sheet. You may read the same book multiple times. You can also count books heard at storytime, daycare and preschool.

After each set of 100 books is read and recorded, take your log to Children’s desk to receive the log for your next 100 books. Small rewards are earned with completion of 100 books and 500 books. After reading the 1000th book, your child will receive a certificate of completion and a free book.

Sign up online at orem.beanstack.org or in the Beanstack app.

If you prefer using paper charts, print your reading logs HERE.

STEM Programs

LEGO Lab

Free play & building challenges. LEGO & DUPLO blocks. Caregiver must accompany ages 7 and under. No registration. Every Thursday of the month at 4:30.

CoderDojo

Suspended until further notice. Wednesdays, 4–6 p.m., Storytelling Wing. Are you a coding ninja? Would you like to become one? Join us Wednesday afternoons to meet other computer coders and mentors, learn new languages, and work on your own projects such as games and mods. Kids 8 and up are invited, as well as teens and parents. All levels and abilities are welcome. Bring your own computer if possible.

Family Library Services