The Lee County Library System is hosting free virtual programs for all ages during June and July. Registration is required for some programs. For more information on each event, visit the library calendar of events at www.leelibrary.net/event.
Virtual Craft Club for Adults
2 p.m. Thursdays, June 24 and July 22
Join this live virtual craft club for adults and share your latest creations. Knitters, painters and crafters of all types welcome. Registration is required. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the online club.
Virtual Book Discussion for Adults
10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 30
and July 28
Join this live virtual book discussion for adults. There is no assigned title. Attendees will share the latest books they have read. Registration is required. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the online club.
Murder at the Library
7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30
Baker & Taylor, in partnership with Sourcebooks, will host an exclusive live virtual book club event featuring USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson; discussing his new novel, “The Dead Husband.” Registration is required. Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email from Sourcebooks.
Small Business Series: Creating a One-Liner Business Pitch
2 p.m. Monday, July 26
This live webinar will help business owners develop a one-liner pitch that makes an immediate impact, providing you with step-by-step instructions and preparing you for a value-packed marketing journey.
On Demand Wednesdays, June 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 14, 21, 28
Enjoy storytime at home or on the go. This is a condensed version of in-person storytime and includes a variety of songs, stories, rhymes and caregiver tips designed to promote and reinforce early literacy and language development.
Myrtle Over the Moon
On Demand Monday, June 21
In this original moooosical adventure, a “boring bovine” seeks love and fame on MooTube by attempting to jump over the moon using a trampoline, roller skates and a jetpack.
Cow Over the Moon Paper Plate Spinners Craft
On Demand Tuesday, June 22
With two paper plates and a few simple supplies, kids can make their own cows. Grab and Go Activity Kits with supplies for this craft are available at all library locations, beginning June 14, while supplies last.
Meet the Author: Tammi Sauer
On Demand Wednesday, June 23
Tammi Sauer has written over 30 picture books including “The Farm That Mac Built” and “Not Now, Cow.” Find out more about Tammi and her books at tammisauer.com.
Clucking Chicken Cups Craft
On Demand Thursday, June 24
Time for another egg-cellent craft for kids. Make chickens that actually cluck out of cups.
Meet Kamal Bell from Sankofa Farms
On Demand Friday, June 25
Kamal Bell started Sankofa Farms in Durham, NC to improve food policy, teach nutritional literacy and educate kids about agricultural-related professions. Join this virtual tour of the farm and get a taste of modern farm life.
The Ocean’s Got Talent
On Demand Monday, June 28
Puppetry and live action make this show a watery wonder. Octopus will perform an amazing escape, Mantis Shrimp will prove he’s not just a pretty face and Angler Fish has an act you’ll definitely want to catch. With all this talent, will Sea Slug be able to shine?
Printed Ocean Scenes Craft
On Demand Tuesday, June 29
With recycled styrofoam and water based markers, kids can make their own beautiful ocean scenes.
Grab and Go Activity Kits with supplies for this craft are available at all library locations, beginning June 28, while supplies last.
Meet the Author: Kate Messner
On Demand Wednesday, June 30
Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder too. Her titles include the award-winning picture books “Over and Under the Pond,” “Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt” and “The Brilliant Deep.” Find out more about Kate and her books during this special interview.
Coffee Filter Fish Craft
On Demand Thursday, July 1
With some water based markers and a little H2O, coffee filters are transformed into colorful fish.
Meet Yasu Ishida
On Demand Friday, July 2
Yasu Ishida is an award-winning performer who combines traditional Japanese theatre, music, origami, magic and storytelling into one-of-a-kind performances. Yasu will share an excerpt of his show and teach kids how make origami water creatures.
Such a Library!
On Demand Monday, July 5
A live action/animated show about a wacky librarian, a magic book and lots of animals. Based on the book “Such a Library!” by Jill Ross Nadler.
Pet Pop-Up Books
On Demand Tuesday, July 6
With an old file folder and a pair of scissors, kids can create their own magical pop-up books.
Grab and Go Activity Kits with supplies for this craft are available at all library locations beginning July 3, while supplies last.
Meet the Author and Illustrator: Donna Gephart and Francesca Chessa
On Demand Wednesday, July 7
Author Donna Gephart and illustrator Francesca Chessa will talk about their picture book “Go Be Wonderful” which features a spunky girl named Daisy and her pet dog, Mr. Bonkers.
Pet Pal Open Face Sandwiches
On Demand Thursday, July 8
This delicious treat is part art project and part recipe and all you need is a slice of bread and any fixings you can find around the house.
Jamie Katz, Pet Detective
On Demand Friday, July 9
Pet detectives are real and Jamie Katz is one of the best. Jamie will introduce her sniffer dogs Gable and Fletcher and show kids how she trains them to help find lost pets.
The PAW-cademy Awards
On Demand Monday, July 12
Get ready to roll out the red carpet when a cast of special guests join Kenny and Page during this classic awards-style show honoring furry friends of the silver screen, hero animals and presidential pets.
Celebrity Paw Prints Craft
On Demand Tuesday, July 13
Using construction paper, paint and craft foam, create celebrity paw prints worthy of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grab and Go Activity Kits with supplies for this craft are available at all library locations, beginning July 12, while supplies last.
Meet the Author: Pat Cummings
On Demand Wednesday, July 14
Pat Cummings, recipient of the Coretta Scott King and the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards, will share her latest book “Where is Mommy?”
Pat Cummings Reads “Harvey Moon, Museum Boy”
On Demand Thursday, July 15
Author Pat Cummings will read her book “Harvey Moon, Museum Boy.” To liven up his class trip, Harvey Moon brings his pet lizard, Zippy, along to the museum. When Zippy escapes, Harvey’s adventures begin.
Wesley Williams’ Puppy Pals
On Demand Friday, July 16
Wesley Williams, who has been on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, presents an excerpt from his hilarious Puppy Pals show featuring cute canines creating controlled chaos.
The Sofa Safari Game Show
On Demand Monday, July 19
What animal eats upside down? How many hearts does an octopus have? Can you hop as high as a kangaroo? These questions and more will be answered during Sofa Safari, the interactive game show that takes you on a safari without leaving your sofa.
Jungle Safari Flashlight Craft
On Demand Tuesday, July 20
A zip lock bag, construction paper and permanent markers are all that is needed to make this project that is part craft and part optical illusion. Grab and Go Activity Kits with supplies for this craft are available at all library locations beginning July 19, while supplies last.
Meet the Illustrator: David DePasquale
On Demand Wednesday, July 21
Illustrator David DePasquale will share his debut picture book “A Wisdom of Wombats” and invite kids to explore the wonderful words we use to describe groups of animals. David is also the lead character designer on “Arlo the Alligator Boy,” a new Netflix movie available now.
Meet Jim Hammond, Puppet Master
On Demand Thursday, July 22
Get ready for a roaring good time as Jim shares backstage stories from “The Lion King” stage production and teaches kids how to be puppeteers.
Meet Teachers of Nature
On Demand Friday, July 23
Every animal needs a superpower to survive. Cheetahs have speed, chameleons have camouflage and birds have flight. Meet real live animal superheroes in this “wild” program.
The Smallest Show on Earth!
On Demand Monday, July 26
Felix the Flea wants to join a Flea Circus. When his emotions get the best of him, Page and Kenny decide to put on an actual circus to show him the ropes. They’re joined by some special guests including a real jumping spider, the owner and star of Circus Kirkus and Jonathan Lee Iverson, Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey’s Circus’ last Ringmaster.
Climbing Spider Craft
On Demand Tuesday, July 27
Use popsicle sticks, masking tape and yarn to create a spider that can climb any water spout.
Grab and Go Activity Kits with supplies for this craft are available at all library locations, beginning July 26, while supplies last.
Meet the Author: Candace Fleming
On Demand Wednesday, July 28
Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of more than 40 books for children and young adults, including this year’s Sibert Medal Award Winning Book, “Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera.”
Bug Bites Recipe
On Demand Thursday, July 29
Nut butter, honey, oats and “mix-ins” make these the best bug bites you’ll ever have.
Meet Bobby Norfolk
On Demand Friday, July 30
Bobby Norfolk will thrill us with tales of that famous trickster, Anansi the Spider. An internationally known storyteller, performer and teaching artist, Bobby is a three-time Emmy Award winner, multiple Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Award winner and a National Storytelling Network Oracle Award recipient.
with Nature’s Nursery
1 p.m. Tuesday, June 22
What does it mean to be a wildlife rehabilitator? What do you do if you find an animal you believe needs help? This program will introduce teens to current happenings at Nature’s Nursery and teach what to do if you find an injured animal. After, learn how to build a bird’s nest with twigs, sticks and leaves found outside of the home.
Reptiles as Pets
1 p.m. Tuesday, June 29
Teens will meet dragons, pythons, geckos, frogs and more at this interactive program with reptile expert Jason Clevett. Participants will learn how to responsibly care for reptiles as pets and how to build a suitable reptile habitat using an empty plastic bottle or shoe box and natural items found around the home.
Teen Summer of Service
1 p.m. Thursdays, June 24 and July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Earn service hours while helping your community with the Teen Summer of Service program. This six-week series introduces participants to a variety of agencies that provide services throughout the community and offers the opportunity for teens to provide solutions that can make Lee County even better.
Each one-hour program will include a short presentation by a guest speaker and breakout group discussions and activities. Presenters will offer several options for service projects that teens can complete in their own space at a convenient time. Registration is required.
1 p.m. Tuesday, July 6
Can an animal survive more than a few minutes without its head? Can animals regrow body parts? Cindi Cavallini will introduce some real life rulebreakers of the animal kingdom during this program.
Participants will also complete a Reptile Wrap art project with yarn and craft sticks. Grab and Go Teen Activity Kits with supplies for this project are available at all libraries, beginning July 3, while supplies last.
1 p.m. Tuesday, July 13
Do you know that 97% of the animal species on the planet have no bones? They are called invertebrates. Dr. Allison and Dr. Genet will introduce teens to these spineless wonders of the world and show how to make an upcycled jellyfish craft using a plastic trash bag and water bottle.
1 p.m. Tuesday, July 20
Meet Cassidy Jagger with Roos2U and some amazing animals from the Land Down Under. During this live presentation for teens, Cassidy will introduce Red Kangaroos, Swamp Wallabies, Agile Wallabies, Bennetts Wallabies, Emus and all their crazy antics. After, learn how to make an origami kangaroo out of paper. Grab and Go Teen Activity kits with supplies for the origami craft are available at all libraries, beginning July 17, while supplies last.
1 p.m. Tuesday, July 27
Join falconer Abbey Krumrie and learn what Falconry is and how people around the world have been hunting with raptors for hundreds of years. Meet her raptors and learn how to make a jess strap out of felt. Grab and Go Activity Kits with supplies for this program are available at all branches beginning July 24, while supplies last.