During the months of December and January our family BOOK ADVENTURE will explore the world of tools. What are tools for and what can we do with them? How do tools make our lives easier? What tools do you use every day?
On Saturday, December 12, 2:30-3:15 pm, meet special guest, naturalist Dino Labiste of Coyote Hills East Bay Regional Park in a live virtual event. Naturalist Labiste will talk about hunting and cooking tools of the Ohlone people and how they are made.
The East Bay area's original inhabitants were the ancestors of the Ohlone Indians, hunters and gatherers whose skills enabled them to live well off the land's natural bounty. We will look at hunting and cooking tools as we travel back to the days when tule elk roamed the land, condors soared overhead, and sea otters and fish were abundant in the Bay.
Register to save your place and obtain the Zoom link. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
What us a tool? What do we use them for?
In this live virtual program on Saturday, January 23 from 2:30 - 3:15 pm, we will meet Robert Young, Tool Lending Specialist at Berkeley Public Library's very own Tool Lending Library! Our tool expert, Robert, will introduce our young audience to a variety of tools, and see tools in action when Rober shows us how he can make something with tools.
Recommended for age 3 and up.
Register to save your place ane receive the Zoom link. [Eventbrite link will be available mid-December]
Book Adventure Resources-More coming soon!
- Our list of books and ebooks is packed with stories, project ideas, history, and giggles. Check them out them today!
- Watch these fascinating videos about tools:
- Learn Tools for Kids | Toolbox Song (Mooseclumps)
- Samantha wants to be a construction worker (Can you imagine that?)
- How to build a Rube Goldberg Machine (Joseph Herscher)
- Learn how to whittle safely (Evergreen Adventure Camp)
- Let's have fun with simple machines (Planet Nutshell)
- Anne carves a spoon (Anne of All Trades)
- Time lapse-Building a home (Golden Eagle Log and Timber Homes)
- Download an activity page: What would you like to build? coloring page, Tools! Tools! word search. It's Saw aMazeing! maze.
SPIDERAMA! Spiders in Your Neighborhood (Oct / Nov 2020)
How do spiders help us? How do they help our community? Our world?
START HERE to answer these questions and embark on your own family spider experience for our kickoff BOOK ADVENTURES program this October and November!
Watch a recording of Spiderama! Live, held on Saturday, October 24 from 2:30 to 3:30, in which Ranger Anthony Fisher of the Tilden Environmental Education Center and Patrick Stadille, author of Spiders in Your Neighborhood (Heyday Books, 2013), each talked about our friendly neighborhood spiders.
Our book and media list will take you to books, ebooks, audiobooks, music, and more to help you learn about our 8-legged friends. Check them out or stream them today!
Watch these amazing videos about spiders:
- Don’t be afraid of spiders (SciShow Kids)
- Spiders for kids (Wizz)
- How spiders make webs (Howitworksmag)
- Is a spider’s web a part of its mind? (Deep Look)
- Native California Tarantula (BayNature.org)
- Turret Spiders launch sneak attacks from tiny towers (Deep Look, KQED SF)
- Adorable daring jumping spider (Hyland Nature)
- Amazing spider baffles scientists with huge web (The Hunt, BBC)
- Spider with three superpowers (The Hunt, BBC)
- Spider web fishing in the South Pacific Islands (BBC two)
Here are some more great resources:
View our online calendar to see all all programs and look for up-to-date information.