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Busy hands, calm minds at Delta libraries

Lots of programs available to keep you busy
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Ladner Pioneer Library

The Delta libraries offer a variety of programs for children that will keep your child busy while engaging their minds and imagination.

For added benefit, using their hands in Lego Club, Building Challenges, Imagination Station, and the other listed library programs helps foster a healthy mood, so bring them to your local library for any of these activities and take a calmer and more relaxed kid home with you afterwards!

George Mackie Library

Drop in on Mondays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 15 and let your imagination run full STEAM ahead with Maker Mondays. Participants will design and make something new, from art to tech projects (and everything in between). This program is suitable for ages six to 11.

In Lego Club, the library provides the Lego; you bring your imagination.

On Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 16, play, create and experiment. Lego Club is a fun afternoon program for kids. Parents must accompany children under five years of age. For the Lego fan, mark Thursday, Feb. 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the calendar and join in on the Olympic Lego Bingo. Build creations that relate to various winter Olympic sports. Participants will all receive a special medal for participation.

Ladner Pioneer Library

Children can test their engineering skills at Building Challenges on Friday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 3 p.m. while they build structures with Lego, Keva Planks and Magformers. The library will provide the equipment, you bring your imagination. This program returns on Friday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Come to Doggy Days with Cubetto on Monday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to noon and transform Cubetto, a friendly wooden robot, into a puppy and then learn to program him to go on a doggy adventure. It's never too early to begin learning logic and coding. This specific program is designed for children ages three to five and their families. Cubetto teaches the basics of computer programming through stories and activities. This program is offered again on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of activities sharing STEAM knowledge on the second Thursday of the month, from 3:15 to 4 p.m. Kids ages six to nine can participate in STEAM Starters, a program that offers science, technology, engineering, art, and math-based activities. The theme on Thursday, Feb. 8, is science and marshmallow molecules. Future themes are cardboard automation and instrument-making with everyday objects. Note: parent/caregiver/guardian must remain within the library facilities during the program.

Older children between the ages of 10 to 13 (grades 4 to 7) can join in for an afternoon of STEAM Activities on the third Thursday of the month, where they also participate in science, technology, engineering, art, and math challenges. The Feb. 15 theme is math, periscopes, and pantographs. Future themes include creating bridges out of paper and some egg challenges.

Each of these Ladner Pioneer Library programs requires registration at:

Tsawwassen Library

Everyone is welcome to join the fun of Imagination Station on Sundays from 2 to 3 p.m. The library will provide LEGO, KEVA planks, and Magformers. All you need to bring is your imagination. Test your engineering skills while you build stunning structures.

Drop-in Monday and Friday between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. for family fun arts and crafts. Get Crafty is an educational program based on STEAM concepts. It offers a different craft each week. Participants will be able to take their craft home with them. This activity is suitable for ages five-plus.

Do you and your family love a good tabletop game? Join the library on Saturdays, from 2 to 4 p.m. for an enjoyable afternoon of family games, playing new and old board games, card games and more. Games include Chess, Mahjong, Ticket to Ride, Codenames, Sorry, puzzles, and some unexpected treasures.