Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows branches are gearing up for spring break. (Special to The News)

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows branches are gearing up for spring break. (Special to The News)

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A virtual Science World experience is among the alternatives being offered for the holiday

By Brandon Monahan/Special to The News

Sorry to “spring” this on you, but did you know the library has some excellent upcoming programs and activities in case you need a “break” during the coming holidays?

This year, during spring break, Fraser Valley Regional Library will host Science World live via Zoom with their special “How2Science” program!

Same program each day, but with four different times to choose.

These programs are offered virtually and will have kids thinking like a scientist.

Attendees will be introduced to the scientific process – observe, predict and test – through a series of science demonstrations and virtual hands-on activities.

The free programs take place March 15, 17, 22, and 24 at 10 a.m., and registration is required. Check out www.fvrl.bc.ca for more information and to register.

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Visit Pitt Meadows Public Library in March for a variety of fun activities, including a Pokemon scavenger hunt. Stop by and catch ’em all.

Pitt Meadows Public Library will also have a kids March Madness book program and contest where votes for your favoUrite book will determine a winner. Who will win each bracket and who will come out victorious?

Want to get crafty? Pitt Meadows Public Library will have children’s rainbow themed Take & Makes in March, which are sure to dazzle you with their colourful arrangement.

Stop by the Maple Ridge Public Library to be blown away with our children’s spring themed Take & Makes.

March will feature a windmill craft and the ability to pick your favourite activity sheets to create a custom Take & Make bag.

During spring break Maple Ridge Public Library will also have our Picasso Tiles and KEVA Planks available for your most inspired creations. Show us what you can build.

Too busy for a long visit?

Both the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Public Libraries offer a wide selection of Grab & Go book bags for all ages, which are quick to borrow and full of fun surprise reads.

For the little ones, FVRL continues to offer online Babytimes and Storytimes. Check out the “events” section of our website to register for live Zoom programs or visit our YouTube and Facebook pages for prerecorded on-demand programs.

Lots of fun new content is added every week, featuring your friendly local library staff.

As the days start to lengthen, remember that both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows libraries have extended hours. We are now open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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Even more reason to “spring” into action and swing on by to the library for a “break!”

For more information about FVRL’s programs and services, check out www.fvrl.bc.ca or contact your local library.

– Brandon Monahan is a librarian at the Maple Ridge Public Library

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Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows branches are gearing up for spring break. (Special to The News)

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows branches are gearing up for spring break. (Special to The News)