Youth Services

Letterboxing You Say? What's That?

26 kids kicked off the first ever Letterboxing Program here at the library last Thursday, June 20.  Letterboxing combines the fun of a treasure hunt with the art of stamping.  Traditional letterboxing is an outdoor adventure, so we tweaked it a little to be indoors in a much smaller space.  

The kick-off event consisted of two activities:  making stamps and testing the kids’ skills in finding our small hidden boxes.  For the scavenger hunt, each box included a pre-made stamp and were hidden throughout the library.  (We couldn’t use the ones they just made because they had to be hidden ahead of time.)  Most of the boxes were held by strong magnets to the underside of shelves, metal display racks, or carts.  The kids, who were in grades 3-6, were put in teams and given a list of directional clues.  If carefully read and sequentially followed, all the clues resulted in found boxes.  Some kids needed refreshers on right vs. left and baby vs. regular vs. giant steps!  But the kids were good-natured about it all and thought it was great fun.  Once they found the box, they brought the box and stamp back to our desk to stamp in the library’s Letterboxing Logbook. Then they signed their names and dated the entry.  The prize for each was a red Twizzler.

The stamps that the kids made at the program were made from art gum erasers or foam shapes and letters glued on film canisters.  They took these home after the program.

This letterboxing scavenger hunt is now open up to all kids ages 5 through grade 12.  A new box will be hidden each week for the duration of the Summer Library Club, with plans to continue the activity at various times during the year, perhaps at the holidays and spring breaks. 

More information can be found at www.letterboxing.org or www.atlasquest.com. For more pictures, visit our Fremont Facebook page!

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Summer Library Club Is Here!

Stop on in at the library this summer. As your staycation hub we offer tons of FREE entertainment including fantastic programs, music-based storytimes, books, audiobooks, e-books, dvds, cds, computer use, board games, video games, in-house early literacy activities for ages 1-5, and our fun Summer Library Club. The library is also a great place to cool off!

Our Summer Library Club from birth until 6th grade is in full swing. Sign-up and participation is easy! Between June 17 and July 27 (6 weeks), visit the library 6 times and receive a free book and coupons for area restaurants and businesses. Sign-up underneath the big, blue umbrella. There are also programs for teens (7th grade-12th grade) and adults.

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Summer Jam Sign-Ups Are Here!

Shake your tail feather and rock your heart out at our summer jam series! We've got all sorts of fun for ages birth-5 including singing, dancing, playing instruments, and maybe even some bubbles for the toddlers. Not only are songs and dancing a fun activity for the summer, but these activities help grow your child's mind! Registration for Fremont card holders is in full swing and non-Fremont residents start sign-ups on June 10. We hope to see you there!

For more information, visit our Storytime and Events page.

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Summer Library Club Is Coming!

Get jazzed up and ready to go because the summer library club is coming! Starting June 17, visit our special summer table under the umbrella to sign up children ages 0-6th grade. Vist the library six times and each child receives a free book and amazing coupons for area businesses. (A reminder that teens grades 7th-12th have their own library club. Check it out at the main Youth desk!)

Our theme this year is "Have Book, Will Travel" so won't you come and travel along with us? You can expect to see Miss Connie and Miss Margaret occasionally traveling through the stacks looking for a great book to read. Celebrate reading this summer with the library! We can't wait to see you!

 

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Babysitting Training Options

Our babysitting clinic is full for the month of June! For those that did not sign up in time, please join the waiting list. But there are other options for babysitting training. The Red Cross now offers an online course for only $25. It takes about 4 hours to complete, there is a test at the end, and if the student passes, they can print out a certificate. While our class is free, this is a viable option. Get started at The Red Cross!

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