Back to School – Afterschool Snack & Curious Kids

As kids are going back to school, we thought it was the perfect time to send out some reminders as well as scenarios/scripts for handling some of the more regular conflicts that can come up. This is the first post in a series of “Back to School” tips. The other four will be coming next Tuesday through Friday.


After School Snack

Our after school snack program is held in the Learning Center from 3:30-4:15* during the school year. Children attending the snack program are still expected to follow the Customer Conduct Policy. Please note that snack must be eaten in the Learning Center and can’t be taken out of the space due to the rules guiding the program.

* Corrected to 4:15. Please note, as of right now the library public website and signage incorrectly state that snack ends at 4:30.


Curious Kids

An afterschool program series, called Curious Kids, is offered from 4:30-6:30 Monday-Thursday during this school year. The programs are open to children 5-12 years old and will be in the Learning Center. Every day is different but will include activities of interest to school age children. If you notice school age children that seem unsure of how to keep themselves busy, this is a great opportunity for redirection. From 6:30-8:00, one night each week (to start) there will be enrichment and family time drop-in programs. The goal of these programs is to provide enrichment that develops lifelong learning and sparks passion for learning. The overall schedule for after school is 3:30-4:30 snack (Mon-Fri), 4:30-6:30 Curious Kids (independent activity and homework help, Mon-Thu), 6:30-8:00 Enrichment and family time (one night each week to start).


The clearer our expectations and messaging are at the beginning of the school year, the easier the school year will be for all customers and staff. Thanks for your help in making sure kids feel safe and welcome in the library!


We’re here to help if you have any questions and to support you in your work!

Your Public Services Team – Marie, LeAnn, Autumn and Debbie

4 thoughts on “Back to School – Afterschool Snack & Curious Kids

  1. Lissa Staley on said:

    How do the snack tickets that kids take to the cafe work? Specifically, where should that food be consumed? Is it ever okay for kids to have the styrofoam snack trays in the Media area generally? Thank you!

  2. Debbie Stanton on said:

    Hi Lissa, great question! They are supposed to either eat the food in the Cafe, or they can bring it back to the Learning Center to eat it there. That is where kids should be directed to finish their meals.

    • Debbie Stanton on said:

      Thanks Natalie! Both the website and the sign in Youth Services are incorrect, because they have it listed as 3:30-4:30. I’ll correct my post and send out an All Staff email as a reminder.