Explore Library Events

Apr
16
Tue
Kids Dungeons & Dragons @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 16 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Kid’s D&D is moving to Tuesdays, 3:30 PM, after school!

Level up your gaming experience by taking on the role of a mighty hero in the world’s most popular fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons

 

 

 

Lego Club @ Key Largo Branch Library
Apr 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lego Club @ Key Largo Branch Library

Calling all builders! Be creative and build with LOTS of LEGOs provided by the library. Work on your own creation or build as a team and test your skills with building challenges! This month’s challenges:

April 2 Mini-Robots

April 16 Earth Day Challenge

Ages 6-11. All supplies provided

STEM Stuff @ Islamorada Library Branch
Apr 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Text reads inspiring children to hink creatively, collaborate and solve problmes. Image of a bulldozer dropping the T insto the word STEM and graphics of gears.

 

Drop in and participate in unstructured STEM activities designed to inspire children to think creatively, collaborate and solve problems.

Apr
17
Wed
Big Pine Library Scouts @ Big Pine Library
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Big Pine Library Scouts @ Big Pine Library

Drop in every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm to participate in Library Scouts craft, skill, DIY, and art activities! Typically ages 6+ but early readers are more than welcome. A great time to collect your badges!

Lignum Vitae Letters
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Children and teens are invited to join us once a month to pen and exchange letters with the Fort Kent library in Maine! Located at the opposite end of A1A / Highway 1, children & teens will be able to share unique end of the road perspectives!

Supplies will be provided!

Sign reading "You Are Leaving Key West Florida, The Beginning of US Route No. 1 and Ending in Fort Kent Maine. Thank you, come again. State Road Department."

The “You are leaving…” Key West for Fort Kent sign that was on North Roosevelt Boulevard C 1950. Jeff Broadhead Collection.

4pm Nature Explorers: Earth Day Windmill Challenge @ Key Largo Branch Library
Apr 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4pm Nature Explorers: Earth Day Windmill Challenge @ Key Largo Branch Library

April 17

4 pm

 

Join us as we harness the power of the wind! Elementary age children are invited to join our windmill challenge to build the best windmill. Supplies provided. Ages 6-11

Apr
18
Thu
Homeschool Learning Activities 3-year-olds to Kindergarten! @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The homeschool group has been growing and we are splitting groups to accommodate everyone.  We will still meet on Thursdays with Kindergarten & under group meeting from 10 AM-11 AM and the 1st grade and up group will meet from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.  There will be different themed activities for both learning and fun!

Homeschool Learning Activities 1st grade and up @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The homeschool group has been growing and we are splitting groups to accommodate everyone.  We will still meet on Thursdays with Kindergarten & under group meeting from 10 AM-11 AM and the 1st grade and up group will meet from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.  There will be different themed activities for both learning and fun!

Game On! @ Key West Library
Apr 18 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Game On! @ Key West Library

Game On! Thursday and Friday after school for all ages Passive Program- Events on Your Time!

Relax and unwind by playing popular games with friends and family. After homework and studying are done kick back and get your Game On! Board games, video games even MTG!

Games in a library?! Of Course! Now you and your children can enjoy new and popular games with friends and family. Make friends while going on quest in Dungeons and Dragons or crush your opponents in a game of Magic the Gathering. After homework and studying are done kick back and get your Game On!

*Note the video game zone is only available when a librarian is present.

Why do we have toys, board games, and video games in the library?

“Play is the highest form of research”-Albert Einstein

Many games in the library are multiplayer games that encourage teamwork and social skills. Playing games is a great way for kids to meet new people and make some friends. Video games and board games can be pricey at times and not affordable for every hose hold, so it is important to us here at the library that every child is given the opportunity to experience the joy of playing games and being a kid.

With all that fun our kids are having while playing board/video games, they don’t realize they are developing some very important skills. Gaming (especially Nintendo games) challenges kids on their reading, mathematics, and critical thinking skills. Gaming is also a great way for kids to relieve stress and make some friends.

For further reading on video games in the library check out this NPR article: At Libraries Across America, It’s Game On

 

Lego Maker Lab @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fun with Legos!  Thursdays from 4 PM to 5 PM in the Activity Center.

 

Apr
19
Fri
Game On! @ Key West Library
Apr 19 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Game On! @ Key West Library

Game On! Thursday and Friday after school for all ages Passive Program- Events on Your Time!

Relax and unwind by playing popular games with friends and family. After homework and studying are done kick back and get your Game On! Board games, video games even MTG!

Games in a library?! Of Course! Now you and your children can enjoy new and popular games with friends and family. Make friends while going on quest in Dungeons and Dragons or crush your opponents in a game of Magic the Gathering. After homework and studying are done kick back and get your Game On!

*Note the video game zone is only available when a librarian is present.

Why do we have toys, board games, and video games in the library?

“Play is the highest form of research”-Albert Einstein

Many games in the library are multiplayer games that encourage teamwork and social skills. Playing games is a great way for kids to meet new people and make some friends. Video games and board games can be pricey at times and not affordable for every hose hold, so it is important to us here at the library that every child is given the opportunity to experience the joy of playing games and being a kid.

With all that fun our kids are having while playing board/video games, they don’t realize they are developing some very important skills. Gaming (especially Nintendo games) challenges kids on their reading, mathematics, and critical thinking skills. Gaming is also a great way for kids to relieve stress and make some friends.

For further reading on video games in the library check out this NPR article: At Libraries Across America, It’s Game On

 

Slime Time @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is your chance to get messy and make SLIME!

 

Slime has several benefits:

  • Motor skills improvement: Slime is a sensory toy that can help develop fine motor skills.
  • Nerve-calming: Slime can help calm nerves and reduce stress.
  • Mindful behavior: Slime can help promote mindful behavior.
  • Focus: Adding ingredients, colors and textures helps children to focus on the task at hand.
  • Sensory input: Kneading, pulling, and squishing slime provides tactile and proprioception input.
  • Stress relief: Playing with slime can help children deal with stress.
  • Strength: Playing with slime can improve hand strength and mobility

Apr
20
Sat
Story Time Saturday @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join us for stories, songs and activities for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers.

Saturdays at 10:30 AM Children’s Area

2nd Floor

Outdoor Explorers @ Big Pine Library
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Outdoor Explorers @ Big Pine Library

Every Saturday, starting January 13, 2024

What’s Outdoor Explorers?? Outdoor Explorers is Library Scouts 2.0! Let’s read, let’s get outside, let’s learn!

We have weekly grab-and-go activities as well as badges for completing the Outdoor Explorers booklet – come get yours today!

Apr
23
Tue
Kids Dungeons & Dragons @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Kid’s D&D is moving to Tuesdays, 3:30 PM, after school!

Level up your gaming experience by taking on the role of a mighty hero in the world’s most popular fantasy role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons

 

 

 

STEM Stuff @ Islamorada Library Branch
Apr 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Text reads inspiring children to hink creatively, collaborate and solve problmes. Image of a bulldozer dropping the T insto the word STEM and graphics of gears.

 

Drop in and participate in unstructured STEM activities designed to inspire children to think creatively, collaborate and solve problems.

Apr
24
Wed
Big Pine Library Scouts @ Big Pine Library
Apr 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Big Pine Library Scouts @ Big Pine Library

Drop in every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm to participate in Library Scouts craft, skill, DIY, and art activities! Typically ages 6+ but early readers are more than welcome. A great time to collect your badges!

Apr
25
Thu
Homeschool Learning Activities 3-year-olds to Kindergarten! @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The homeschool group has been growing and we are splitting groups to accommodate everyone.  We will still meet on Thursdays with Kindergarten & under group meeting from 10 AM-11 AM and the 1st grade and up group will meet from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.  There will be different themed activities for both learning and fun!

Homeschool Learning Activities 1st grade and up @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The homeschool group has been growing and we are splitting groups to accommodate everyone.  We will still meet on Thursdays with Kindergarten & under group meeting from 10 AM-11 AM and the 1st grade and up group will meet from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.  There will be different themed activities for both learning and fun!

Game On! @ Key West Library
Apr 25 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Game On! @ Key West Library

Game On! Thursday and Friday after school for all ages Passive Program- Events on Your Time!

Relax and unwind by playing popular games with friends and family. After homework and studying are done kick back and get your Game On! Board games, video games even MTG!

Games in a library?! Of Course! Now you and your children can enjoy new and popular games with friends and family. Make friends while going on quest in Dungeons and Dragons or crush your opponents in a game of Magic the Gathering. After homework and studying are done kick back and get your Game On!

*Note the video game zone is only available when a librarian is present.

Why do we have toys, board games, and video games in the library?

“Play is the highest form of research”-Albert Einstein

Many games in the library are multiplayer games that encourage teamwork and social skills. Playing games is a great way for kids to meet new people and make some friends. Video games and board games can be pricey at times and not affordable for every hose hold, so it is important to us here at the library that every child is given the opportunity to experience the joy of playing games and being a kid.

With all that fun our kids are having while playing board/video games, they don’t realize they are developing some very important skills. Gaming (especially Nintendo games) challenges kids on their reading, mathematics, and critical thinking skills. Gaming is also a great way for kids to relieve stress and make some friends.

For further reading on video games in the library check out this NPR article: At Libraries Across America, It’s Game On

 

DIY Playdough @ Key Largo Branch Library
Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
DIY Playdough @ Key Largo Branch Library

April 25

3-5 pm

Make playdough & use it to complete make rainbows, create a nature scene and more.  Don’t miss out!  Ages: 6-11.  All supplies provided.

Library Scouts
Apr 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Library Scouts

2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 3:00-5:00 pm. Ages: 6-12

Kids can scout for badges, fun and learning at the Key West Library.

You’ve heard of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts – now the Key West Library is introducing Library Scouts, where kids can earn badges, have fun and learn about science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

The program is open to all kids ages 6 and up and is held from 3:00-5:00pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

The program includes experiments, crafts, books and more fun activities. Each meeting focuses on a new badge and includes activities to earn that badge.

For more information, call 305-292-3595 or email info@keyslibraries.org.

Lego Maker Lab @ Monroe County Public Library Marathon
Apr 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fun with Legos!  Thursdays from 4 PM to 5 PM in the Activity Center.

 

Apr
26
Fri
Homeschooler Social Meet-Up
Apr 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Homeschooler Social Meet-Up

The fourth Friday of every month we host the local homeschooler social meet-up! Come play games, get your Library Scouts and Outdoor Explorer buttons, socialize, and check out books – of course!