Kids Virtual Reading Club

Welcome to the Virtual Reading Club for Kids!

Each month we will post some suggested reads across a range of reading levels, along with related activities, crafts and cooking/baking recipes.

How to participate in the Virtual Reading Club: Kids Edition

  1. Start by locating the book picks you are interested in reading during that month. Try one or try all of the book picks, it is completely up to you. Request a copy from TRAC or find it here at SGPL. Visit us in-person or give us a call as we would be happy to help you!
  2. Try out one or more of the featured activities, crafts or baking recipes.  Activities will be posted at the beginning of each month so you can access them all month long.
  3. Let us know what you thought of the book(s) and/or share some of your makes with us and we'll showcase them right here! Contact Sarah (Children & Youth Services Librarian) at with your book reviews and photos! 
    (We will only post photos of your creations, any pictures including faces of your family and friends will not be showcased for privacy reasons. SGPL support and uphold the privacy provisions of Alberta's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act)

January is: Weird Science (STEM)

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives. 

STEM activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons, and making math and science both fun and interesting helps it to be a more dynamic learning experience.

January Book Picks

This month let's take a look at these great science inspired reads:

  • The Fourteenth Goldfish - Jennifer L. Holm
  • Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist: Frantastic Voyage  - Jim Benton
  • Ivy and Bean: What's the Big Idea - Annie Barrows
  • Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World - Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Mone

January Activities

Lego Ice Excavation

Have fun freezing your Lego people and transforming them into a fossil, stuck, just waiting for an archeologist to find them. 

More details can be found at Lemon Lime Adventures.

Make an Edible DNA Model 

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the basic building block of human nature. With advances in genetics, biology has become one of the most important, cutting-edge fields in science. It is more important than ever before that we begin familiarizing ourselves with DNA at a young age, and what better way to do it than by making a delicious and educational snack?

Full instructions can be found at Wikihow

January Crafts

Make a Rocket Fuelled Jet Pack

Fuel your imagination and make this easy DIY jet pack to take you wherever you want to go!

Find the full details here: Doodle Craft

Make a (Light Up) Thaumatrope

You may have made a thaumatrope before but have you made a light-up paper circuit thaumatrope like this before? Try this project that incorporates science, technology and creative design.

(A thaumatrope is an old fashioned toy that takes advantage of the human eye’s inability to process as quickly as the hand can make something turn, fooling your brain into seeing a moving image).

Full instructions can be found here: One Time Through

Make Invisible Ink

Create your own top-secret notes with this simple technique using grape juice and baking soda.      

Further details can be found here: Boys Life

January Foodie Fun

Fibonacci Lemonade

How would one make mathematical cuisine? Not just food that looks mathematical, but something that you truly have to eat and taste in order to experience its mathematical nature? The answer...layered drinks!

You too can make Fibonacci lemonade and experience the taste of exponential flavor, the golden ratio, and the Fibonacci sequence. Just follow the simple recipe at: Andrea Hawksley Blog

Stained Glass Candy

Learn about candy-making science with this fun and simple STEAM activity.

Instructions can be found here: Scholastic

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