The Vista Grande Public Library is dedicated to providing quality programs to the children of our community. We offer a variety of programs that fit the developmental needs of children in a safe and nurturing environment.
Find information about all our kid programs and many for grown-ups. Click here to see the most recent Book Worms.
Wags and Words - Read to a Dog!
Working in conjunction with Pet Outreach Services at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, we host a Reading Education Assistance Dogs program here at VGPL. The dogs are licensed as therapy dogs, and their handlers have training to participate in the program. This would be ideal for young readers who struggle with reading aloud — they have a loving, nonjudgmental audience to practice with. Interested kids can sign up for a 15-minute session with the dog; please call or come by the library to see if there are open appointments.
Toddler and Parent Story Time
This is a special time for younger children to experience the joys of reading and the library. Bring your toddlers and preschoolers for stories, activities and crafts just for them. This program meets most Friday mornings at 11:30 am; please check the website calendar for dates. Older siblings welcome.
After School Reading
This program is designed to encourage reading for pleasure and enjoyment of the library in elementary students in grades K to 4. Activities include listening to stories, reading aloud, games, writing their stories and plays and crafts. Parents must register their child at the beginning of each semester. We also welcome older students to serve as reading mentors! The next session begins February 1 and will run through April. The meetings are on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 pm. The program is currently at capacity.
Family Movie Night
Join us for popcorn and juice as you watch a recently released family movie, or the occasional classic. Put your children in pajamas and make a night of it. Generally, Movie Night is the second Friday of the month, but you should check the calendar for dates. You can also call to confirm the date, and the film title and rating.
Summer Reading Program for Children Coming in June 2017: Build a Better World!
Registration for the Summer Reading Programs has begun! Print Registration Form here!
VGPL will host lots of fun programs all summer based on the theme, Build a Better World. All our programs and materials are free, but advanced registration is required to participate in certain programs.
The Summer Reading Contest is for children of all ages whether or not they attend programs at the library. Children can pick up a Reading Contest Kit at the library starting June 10. The kit will include a Minutes Reading Log which will help them track the minutes they read over the summer. They can return their logs to the program leader and receive a weekly prize, as well as raffle entries for a Summer Fun Basket. The top readers in each grade at the end of the contest will win a special prize, and the Top Reader over all will win a Bicycle donated by the Santa Fe Century Committee, in coordination with Tony Farrar, owner of Bike and Sport shop.
Summer Reading Club (for kids going into grades K to 4) will meet twice a week from June 14 to Aug. 4. The times are Wednesdays from 1 to 2 pm and Fridays from 11 am to 12 pm. (The Friday session will be a repeat of the Wednesday session activities.) Activities will include reading stories, games, crafts, and science experiments. Kids will be encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading Contest and check out books. Older students are welcome to come serve as Reading Mentors- an excellent way to get in some required Community Service hours! This is a drop off program, and Registration is required for this program. Forms for registration can printed from here or picked up at the library circulation desk, and given to library staff.
Story Time for children 5 and under will meet on Fridays at 11 am. This group meets with caregivers and does not require registration. This year it will run concurrent with a session of Summer Reading Club for older kids.
Content Last Updated 5/2/2017