By Aly Lawson, Nevada Momentum

The Carson City Library is continuing to offer a busy spring with a selection of online events taking place in April in honor of National Poetry Month, Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, STEAM and more. “We have a great line-up of activities that we’ve adjusted to offer virtually,” said creative learning manager Maria Klesta. “We wanted to offer a full schedule infused with engaging learning opportunities and family entertainment while people are staying home and practicing social distancing.”


To sign up for any of the programs listed below, or for more information, email

Let’s Talk April
Date: Wednesday, April 1
Times: 9 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 5 p.m.
Platform: Facebook
Description: For all ages. Join the library team and learn about all the virtual programming available in April. Meet the Creative Learning staff and see how to participate in the selection of online events.

Virtual Family Storytime
Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Platform: Facebook Live
Description: For pre-kindergarten – children not yet in elementary school and families. Join in virtually for a special Citizen Science storytime. The staff will be reading about the importance of bugs as well as getting familiar with the GLOBE Observer’s Mosquito Tracker citizen science project. A new themed family storytime will occur each Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Virtual Hour of Code
Date: Friday, April 3
Time: 4 p.m.
Platform: Zoom
Description: For ages 10-17. If you enjoy, or think you’d enjoy, coding, then sign up for one hour of computer programming each month. No experience necessary. In April, you’ll code your own game and raise awareness for protecting the environment with Eco Warriors #Trashtag. Visit and view the Calendar to learn about more coding courses coming up.

Virtual National Poetry Month
Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 3 p.m.
Platform: Zoom
Description: For ages 14+. Learn about online poetry resources, different poetic forms — and the Carson City Library challenge to write a poem based on selected paintings.

Virtual JV Library Club
Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 3:15 p.m.
Platform: Google Hangouts
Description: For middle school students. Middle school students in Carson City who love the library are encouraged to join the JV Library Club and help plan future programming. The library wants to know your ideas about how to make the library more fun.

Virtual Makers Club
Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 4 p.m.
Platform: Facebook and YouTube
Description: For elementary school ages. If you like to make and create, join the library for STEAM activities each month. For this session, participants will learn how to upcycle plastic bags into plarn and create their own jump rope in celebration of Earth Day.

Virtual Off the Shelf Book Club
Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 4 p.m.
Platform: Zoom
Description: For ages 18+. If you’re a book-lover looking to make new friends, pick up any book you’ve been putting off from your “To Be Read” pile and join us virtually to discuss it. Each attendee will get the opportunity to chat about which book they chose, why they were putting it off, and what inspired them about the book.

Virtual Art Night Out
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 4 p.m.
Platform: Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom
Description: For ages 18+. Every month, the library explores a different technique to use art to help de-stress. In April, use household items you already have and learn how to make something creative, useful and helpful to the environment.

Virtual Earth Day Celebration
Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 4 p.m.
Platform: Facebook and YouTube
Description: For all ages. Join your library team in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Learn how to create your own nature journal while also social distancing. Hours Extension
In addition to the recent virtual programs set up, another update is the library’s subscription now has extended hours for live tutoring, from 1-9 p.m. — which can be helpful for families with children attending school at home.

Socrates Resource
Socrates provides more than two million questions in math, English language arts, sight words and science for grades K-6, as well as math through grade 8. Socrates includes a powerful educator command center that allows teachers or tutors to view where students need help, assign homework, print worksheets, test and benchmark, group students and more. For library access: 1. Choose “Create an account”; 2. Enter the activation code CCLDNV; 3. Enter your email address and be sure to verify your account.

Scholastic Learn at Home Resource

. Scholastic provides 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school.

Upcoming virtual events this month and beyond include classes in Google apps, Windows 10 and more as well as celebrating technology and science.