Summer Learning 2021

Tails & Tales

Read, play, and watch us LIVE all Summer long. There is something for everyone!

Beanstack Challenges - #olsbeanstack

Be sure to register for this year's Summer Learning challenges on Beanstack for chances to win prizes! We have Summer challenges available for kids, teens, and adults accessible via osceolalibrary.beanstack.orgYou do not need to have a Library card or eCard to use Beanstack and win prizes. Everyone can participate!  

Newsbank Summer Activities

Enjoy Summer Learning Activities powered by NewsBank and learn interesting animal facts!


Kids and Family

Explore the wild world of the animal kingdom by learning all about a new animal each week! Listen for the secret code in each program to earn 10 tickets towards your Summer Learning Beanstack Challenge!

All programs are LIVE via Zoom.

ONLINE June Events
  • Storytime Friends - 11am, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - Zoom Link
  • Animal Tails - 2pm, Tuesdays - Zoom Link
    • June 8: Trickster Tales - Featuring the play Lunch Time by Debra A. Cole.
    • June 15: Folklore - Featuring the play The Fox and the Crow by Andy Pavey.
    • June 22: Feathered Fables - Featuring the plays Boomerang by Janea Dahl and Birds of a Feather by Debra A. Cole.
    • June 29: Scale Tales - Featuring the plays Boy "Lizard" by Debra A. Cole and Three Fish Friends by Neha Bhatt.
ONLINE July Events
  • Storytime Friends - 11am, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays - Zoom Link
    • Stories come alive when your favorite Youth team plays, sings songs, and reads their favorite tales! Enjoy Tuesdays with Ms. Jaclyn, Wednesdays with Ms. Crystal, and Thursdays with Ms. Delaney. Pick up Activity Packs from your local branch the week before each storytime, or download the instructional flyers below, to follow along with the crafts and activities!
    • July 6-8: Creature Features - Activity Pack Flyer
    • July 13-15: Monkey Madness - Activity Pack Flyer
    • July 20-22: Feline Fables - Activity Pack Flyer
    • July 27-29: Heroes and Legends - Activity Pack Flyer - Mask Templates - Wolverine Mask Template
  • Animal Tails - 2pm, Tuesdays - Zoom Link
    • July 6: Creature Features - Featuring the play Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock by Jenifer King.
    • July 13: Monkey Madness - Featuring the play The Monkey and the Mango by Janea Dahl.
    • July 20: Feline Fables - Featuring the play A Million Cats by Debra A. Cole.
    • July 27: Heroes and Legends - Featuring the play Superhero Rejects by Andy Pavey.

Tweens and Teens

Level up your creativity in these programs designed for tweens and teens! Listen for the secret code in each program to earn 10 tickets towards your Summer Learning Beanstack Challenge!

All programs are LIVE via Zoom.

ONLINE June Events
  • A Tale to Tell - 4pm, Thursdays - Zoom Link(This Zoom Link will not work for programs that require registration.)
    • June 3: Mystery Theater 
    • June 10: Author Peter Raymundo - *Registration required to receive the Zoom link: REGISTER HERE* - Illustrator Peter Raymundo will share tips and tricks for creating your own graphic-novel style! Learn how to use the shapes, sizes, and placement of panels to establish a shot, use close ups, and sound effects to tell the story. 
    • June 17: Illustration Workshop with Goliat Art Studio - *Registration required to receive the Zoom link: REGISTER HERE* - Learn the basics of illustrating with Anduy of Goliat Art Studio and bring a character to life! Suggested Materials: 2 drawing pencils (HB and 2B preferred), paper (Bristol works best), colored pencils, and a kneaded eraser.
    • June 24: Medieval Escape Room
ONLINE July Events
  • A Tale to Tell - 4pm, Thursdays - Zoom Link(This Zoom Link will not work for programs that require registration.)
    • July 1: Trivia Time 
    • July 8: Author Sarah McGuire - *Registration required to receive the Zoom link: REGISTER HERE* - Bring your latest writing project and be prepared to discover some tools that will help you move your story along! Hosted by award-winning local author Sarah McGuire. 
    • July 15: Never Have I Ever
    • July 22: Be the Hero Workshop - (Designed for students in grades 6-12) Learn how to safely intervene and stop a potentially dangerous situation from happening. Presented by the Victim Service Center of Central Florida.
    • July 29: Healthy Relationships Workshop - (Designed for Middle and High School students) Find out how to identify the characteristics of healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. Learn about effective communication and boundaries, recognize the reasons people abuse, and learn about relevant resources.

Florida Storytelling AssociationSummer Learning Finale
2pm, Tuesday, August 3

Close the book on our fantastic summer full of fun and learning with master storyteller Windell Campbell, followed by our final prize giveaways! Live via Zoom

Adults and Teens

Listen for the secret code in programs marked with * to earn 5 tickets towards your Summer Learning Beanstack Challenge! Drawings will be held July 1 and August 1, 2021.

Most programs are in-person at our Library branches. Limited spaces available. If you are unable to attend in person, presentations marked with  ** will be available to view online on our YouTube Channel afterward or broadcasted live. 

In-Person June Events
  • Bits & Pieces Jigsaw Builders - 11am, Thursday, June 3 & 17 St. Cloud Library - It’s time to put your puzzle-piecing skills to work featuring puzzles with local historical landmarks and antique photos specific to the St. Cloud area.
  • Prick & Stitch - 10am, Fridays St. Cloud Library - Hand-design your own greeting cards using vintage book pages and embroidery floss. Patterns and templates will be provided.​
  • ***Messy Media - 2pm, Tuesday, June 8, 15, 22 - Poinciana Library - Create unique abstract works of art and have fun doing it!
    • **If you're unable to attend in person, the presentation will be available to view online afterward. YouTube links coming soon.
    • June 8: Acrylic PouringRecommended supplies: acrylic paint in various colors, 8”x10” canvas, liquid soap, water and plastic cups. YouTube link
    • June 15: Paint Splatter ArtRecommended supplies: canvas, various colors of paint, a toothbrush, and paintbrushes. YouTube Link
    • June 22: Pendulum PaintingRecommended supplies: acrylic paint, glue, water, yarn, cups, hole puncher, tape, paper, tripod or other makeshift pendulum. YouTube Link
  • ***Folded Book Art - 11am, Thursday, June 10 & 24 - St. Cloud Library - Bring the pages of a book to life by creating a cute hedgehog using page folding techniques. Supplies provided.
    • **If you're unable to attend in person, the presentation will be available to view online afterward. YouTube link -​ Recommended supplies: book, faux leaves, glue.
  • *Beginning Guitar Class - 6pm, Thursday, June 10, 17, 24 - Hart Memorial Library - Bring your own guitar (acoustic preferred) for a beginner’s introduction on tuning, chords, strumming, finger-picking, and how to read tab.
    • June 10: Introduction, tuning, technique, warm up picking exercise, first Chords A, D, and E, strumming styles, intro to major scale and chord structure I, IV, V
    • June 17: Chords C, G, Am, and Em. Can play in key of D (I, ii, IV, V), G (I, ii, IV, V, vi), A (I, IV, V)
    • June 24: Chords and progressions including B7, A7, Am7, D7, Dm7, Dmaj7, E7, Em7, G7, C7, Finger picking
  • Bingo for Books - 10am, Friday, June 11 Poinciana Library - Find out how lucky you are when you win Bingo and great books!
  • *Working Dogs: K9s in the Community - 11am, Saturday, June 12 St. Cloud Library - Osceola County Sheriff’s Office K9 Handlers demonstrate important training their K9 partners complete to assist in the search of explosives, drugs, missing persons, evidence in crime scenes, and suspect apprehension.
  • ***Tales from the Kitchen with Chef Scott - 6pm, Thursday, June 17 - St. Cloud Library - Take your taste buds on an adventure as local Chef Scott Owens demonstrates how to make Chicken & Mushrooms in Zesty Tomato Sauce. Recipe Card 
    • **If you're unable to attend in person, watch and chat with us during our LIVE stream on YouTube and get your questions answered by the Chef! YouTube Live link
  • *Sketching with JJ - 7pm, Thursday, June 24 - Hart Memorial Library - Turn a simple pencil and paper into your very own work of art! Venezuelan Visual Artist, JJ Gonzalez Acosta, will guide you through a "Sketching by Numbers" workshop as you journey through this unique style to draw a bird.
In-Person July Events
  • *Beginning Guitar Class - 6pm, Thursday, July 1, 8, 15 - Hart Memorial Library - Bring your own guitar (acoustic preferred) for a beginner’s introduction on tuning, chords, strumming, finger-picking, and how to read tab.
    • July 1: F Chord, Bar Chords, Sliding Scales
    • July 8: How to read tab, minor and pentatonic scales, how to improvise a solo
    • July 15: Jam Session
  • Prick & Stitch - 10am, Fridays St. Cloud Library - Hand-design your own greeting cards using vintage book pages and embroidery floss. Patterns and templates will be provided.​
  • Bits & Pieces Jigsaw Builders - 11am, Thursday, July 8 & 22 St. Cloud Library - It’s time to put your puzzle-piecing skills to work featuring puzzles with local historical landmarks and antique photos specific to the St. Cloud area.
  • Bingo for Books - 10am, Friday, July 9 Poinciana Library - Find out how lucky you are when you win Bingo and great books!
  • ***Garden Tales - 11am, Thursday, July 15 - Hart Memorial Library - Embark on a rewarding journey by planting your own summer garden. Educational tips and tricks presented by Eva Pabon of UF/IFAS Osceola County Extension Services. 
    • **If you're unable to attend in person, watch and chat with us during our LIVE stream on YouTube and get your questions answered! YouTube Live link coming soon.
  • ***Tales from the Kitchen with Chef Warren - 4pm, Thursday, July 15 - Hart Memorial Library - Take your taste buds on an adventure as Chef Warren Caterson demonstrates plant-based cooking: how to use more veggies, fruit, and beans to create incredible meals.  
    • **If you're unable to attend in person, watch and chat with us during our LIVE stream on YouTube and get your questions answered by the Chef! YouTube Live link coming soon.
  • *Paint Night: Peacock Tails - 7pm, Friday, July 16 St. Cloud Library - Grab your brushes and paint the night away with this peacock-themed after hours event for adults. Presented by local artist, Juliana Davidson. Registration required.
  • *Working Dogs: K9s in the Community - 11am, Saturday, July 17 West Osceola Library - Osceola County Sheriff’s Office K9 Handlers demonstrate important training their K9 partners complete to assist in the search of explosives, drugs, missing persons, evidence in crime scenes, and suspect apprehension.
  • *Sketching with JJ - 7pm, Thursday, July 22 - Hart Memorial Library - Turn a simple pencil and paper into your very own work of art! Venezuelan Visual Artist, JJ Gonzalez Acosta, will guide you through a "Sketching by Numbers" workshop as you journey through this unique style to draw a dog.

Listen for the secret code in all online and Nature Walk programs to earn 5 tickets towards your Summer Learning Beanstack Challenge! Drawings will be held July 1 and August 1, 2021.

These programs are at a different location or online.

June Nature Walk

Nature Walk: Lake Lizzie Preserve South Side - 7:45am - 11am, Saturday, June 26

Step out into nature to discover the beauty of local walking trails, along with gorgeous plants native to Florida. Presented by the Pine Lily Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Visit any branch location to pick up a nature takeaway kit complete with information, activities, and Florida native plant seeds. 

Parking Location
6495 Old Melbourne Hwy, St. Cloud, FL 34771

Walking Trail Details
Lake Lizzie Conservation Area consists of several parcels purchased with funds from both the state Conservation and Recreational Lands (CARL) program and the Environmental Lands Conservation Program, known as SAVE Osceola. The 1,076 acre preserve is located on Lake Lizzie, Bay Lake, and Trout Lake in the Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes. This beautiful mosaic landscape is located off east US192 in St. Cloud. We will focus on the southern side of the property and look for rare plants blooming in June including rose pogonia, sundews, and pitcher plants.

Effort Level
Moderate; the trail is dirt with some roots. We will be walking in marshy areas, so wear appropriate footwear. No wheelchair access.

Signing Up
Pre-registration preferred but not necessary to attend. Sign up online: FNPS-PineLily.eventbrite.com

July Nature Walk

Nature Walk: Shingle Creek South Sector - 8:45am - 12pm, Saturday, July 24

Step out into nature to discover the beauty of local walking trails, along with gorgeous plants native to Florida. Presented by the Pine Lily Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Visit any branch location to pick up a nature takeaway kit complete with information, activities, and Florida native plant seeds. 

Parking Location
4155 W Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34746
(Osceola County Welcome Center & History Museum)

Walking Trail Details
This field trip will begin at 8:45am on the front porch at the Welcome Center, where visitors can return to learn about Osceola County history and natural resources. We will walk under Highway 192 along the creek and cross the creek on the boardwalk and bridge that parallels the old Midland Railroad track. We will wander through pine flat woods, an oak hammock, and into the edge of the Shingle Creek swamp, the headwaters to the Everglades ecosystem.

Effort Level
Moderate; the trail is part sun, part shade on boardwalk and dirt. Wheelchair access is not great.

Signing Up
Pre-registration preferred but not necessary to attend. Sign up online: FNPS-PineLily.eventbrite.com

Online June Programs
  • Miércoles, junio 2 a las 2pm - Hora de Arte: Pintando con Tintas al Alcohol -- enlace de YouTube - Confecciona impresionantes obras de arte utilizando tintas de alcohol. ¡Esté atento al código secreto en este programa para ganar 5 boletos para su Summer Learning Beanstack Challenge! Los sorteos se llevarán a cabo el 1 de julio y el 1 de agosto de 2021.
    • Materiales recomendados: tintas al alcohol, papel sintético, solución de alcohol, pajita, y guantes. 
  • 2pm, Wednesday, June 9 - Take and Make: Wood Pallet Coasters -- YouTube Premiere Link -- Sip your drink in hipster style! Use these trendy pallet coasters while indulging in a refreshing drink to soothe the summer heat. Activity Packs are available for pickup at your local branch starting June 2 while supplies last.
    • ​Recommended supplies: 28 wooden craft sticks, glue, and a black permanent marker. 
  • 2pm, Thursday, June 10 - Virtual Spice of the Month Club -- Zoom Link: bit.ly/Spice-June -- Meeting ID: 857 6509 1232 Password: Library  -- Spice up your life by exploring traditional and exotic flavors! Pick up a sample at the beginning of each month while supplies last and join our monthly club meeting to discuss recipes and history with fellow spice lovers. This month: Ginger. Activity Flyer PDF
  • 2pm, Wednesday, June 23 - Take and Make: Clothespin Desk Planter -- YouTube Premiere Link  -- Turn recycled bleak into a shabby chic desk planter! Activity Packs are available for pickup at your local branch starting June 16 while supplies last.
    • ​Recommended supplies: 1 recycled, sanitized tuna can, 20 clothespins, ¾ cup potting soil, cat grass seeds.
  • 2pm, Thursday, June 24 - Cover Talk with Author Sarah Penner -- Zoom Link: bit.ly/CoverTalk-June -- Meeting ID: 890 0524 9222 Password: Lost  -- Author Sarah Penner hosts an exclusive discussion of her book, The Lost Apothecary, in this special meeting of our book club.
Online July Programs
  • 10am, Friday, July 2 - The Canterbury Tales - Link coming soon - Journey with us to Canterbury as we revisit Chaucer's celebrated work and meet the pilgrims with tales to tell.
  • 10am, Sunday, July 4 - Independence Day Trivia - Link coming soon - Test your knowledge of America's struggle for independence with this trivia game.
  • 6pm, Tuesday, July 6 - Virtual Adult Spelling Bee - Zoom Meeting: bit.ly/ols-Spelling-Bee  |  Meeting ID: 831 5424 6653  |  Password: Library - So you think you can spell? Then it's time for some friendly competition! Take part in this fun event for the spell of it and buzz out the competition.
  • Miércoles, julio 7 a las 2pm - Hora de Arte: Arte Filigrana de Papel - Próximamente el enlace de YouTube - Crea obras de arte magistrales utilizando técnicas básicas de filigrana de papel. La filigrana de papel es el arte de enrollar, dar forma o pegar tiras de papel para crear diseños únicos. ¡Le mostraremos cómo comenzar y transformar su arte o decoración! ¡Esté atento al código secreto en este programa para ganar 5 boletos para su Summer Learning Beanstack Challenge! Los sorteos se llevarán a cabo el 1 de julio y el 1 de agosto de 2021.
    • Materiales recomendados: una herramienta para filigrana con ranuras, pegamento, tijeras, tiras de papel para filigrana y pinzas.
  • 2pm, Thursday, July 8 - Virtual Spice of the Month Club -- Zoom Meeting: bit.ly/ols-Spice-July  |  Meeting ID: 884 4242 7768  |  Password: Library -- Spice up your life by exploring traditional and exotic flavors! Pick up a sample at the beginning of each month while supplies last and join our monthly club meeting to discuss recipes and history with fellow spice lovers. This month: Cumin.
  • 2pm, Tuesday, July 13 - Furry Friends String Art - YouTube link coming soon - Show off your furry friends with handmade art portraits using the string art technique.
    • Recommended materials: a piece of wood, small nails, embroidery floss, and an image for the outline.
  • 2pm, Wednesday, July 14 - Take and Make: Bottle Cap Necklace -- YouTube Link coming soon  -- Hand craft a book-lovers bottle cap necklace to show your support of literacy! Activity Packs are available for pickup at your local branch starting July 7 while supplies last.
    • ​Recommended supplies: bottle cap, photo, epoxy sticker, necklace bail, chain, glue, and scissors.
  • 6pm, Monday, July 19 - Dissecting the Storm - Registration Required to receive program link: REGISTER HERE - For centuries, hurricanes have been viewed as chaotic forces of nature. This fascinating webinar breaks down the storm, explaining the inner-workings of a hurricane and the destruction they can cause. Presented by Scott Spratt, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
  • 2pm, Tuesday, July 20 - Creature Collage - YouTube link coming soon - Recreate your favorite creature using a unique, mixed-media collage style.
    • Recommended materials: large paper, acrylic paint, magazines, scrap-booking paper, and scissors.
  • 2pm, Thursday, June 24 - Cover Talk with Author Rachel Beanland -- Zoom Meeting: bit.ly/cover-talk-July  |  Meeting ID: 860 4097 1317  |  Password: Bookmark -- Author Rachel Beanland hosts an exclusive discussion of her book, Florence Adler Swims Forever.
  • 2pm, Wednesday, July 28 - Take and Make: Sun Catcher Keychains -- YouTube Link coming soon  -- Design a gorgeous DIY sun catcher keychain that captures the sun and throws off shards of rainbows! Activity Packs are available for pickup at your local branch starting July 21 while supplies last.
    • ​Recommended supplies: clear acrylic keychain disc, crushed glass, and glue.

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