Services to SUN schools and other after-school and summer programs

To find out more about the services below or to be added to our mailing list for after-school providers, contact School Corps at 503.988.6004 or lib.school.corps@multcolib.org.

Do-It-Yourself Multicultural Story Scouts

Travel around the world with stories and crafts. We have two different Multicultural Story Scouts kits: Series #1 and Series #2. Each kit provides 10 of our favorite stories and a teacher's guide with discussion and activity ideas to go with each book. You provide a staff person to teach to the class and basic craft supplies. We'll send the kit to your closest Multnomah County Library branch for pickup, and you can keep it for 12 weeks. 

Do-It-Yourself LEAP into Science (grades 2-3)

Monster bugs, magnets, mirrors and measuring! Lead students in hands-on science activities while incorporating picture books to encourage literacy. This curriculum was partially developed by the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Each kit provides 12 of our favorite science books and a teacher’s guide with inquiry-based science activities to accompany them. You provide a staff person to teach the class and basic supplies. We’ll send the kit to your closest Multnomah County Library branch for pickup, and you can keep it for 12 weeks.  

Do-It-Yourself Cooking Up Concoctions (grades 2-4)

Step into the kitchen and mix up some tasty treats and goopy messes, guaranteed to make you say “Yum!” or “Yuck!” Students can make foods such as ice cream, Banana Trees and Martian-Mallows or concoctions like fake blood, edible snot, and Oobleck. We try to include healthy options for most edible projects. Each kit provides 18 books to read aloud and a teacher's guide with recipes to go with each book. You provide a staff person to teach to the class and ingredients. We’ll send the kit to your closest Multnomah County Library branch for pickup, and you can keep it for 12 weeks.

Do-It-Yourself Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (grades 4-8)

Learn how to tell spooky, creepy-crawly stories about monsters, ghosts and other scary things. Learning to tell scary stories is a great way for students to build self-confidence, to improve their memories and to hone their storytelling skills. Each kit provides 15 copies of scary stories books and a teacher's guide with reproducible handouts and instructions for teaching the class. You provide a staff person to teach the class and basic supplies.We'll send the kit to your closest Multnomah County Library branch for pickup, and you can keep it for 12 weeks. 

Bucket of Books & Booklists (grades K-12)

These tubs contain 24-30 books on a topic plus a teacher's guide. Visit Bucket of Books & Booklists for a current list of the topics and instructions on how to request a bucket. If the bucket you need is checked out, you can view the corresponding booklist and place holds on individual titles.

Customized Book Tubs (grades K-12)

We can help you build a crate of books around a fun subject. Maybe you have a theme you want to explore; some we've done in the past include "Outdoor Science," "Crafts that Recycle/Reuse," and "Math Activities." Or get really creative, with topics like "Creative Concoctions" (books about recipes and science formulas that teach how to follow step-by-step instructions) or - from another past program - "Tie Dye" (books on colors, rainbows, tie dying, and anything related!) We'd be glad to help you brainstorm topics. We'll create customized booklists like these and send one copy of each book on the list to a nearby library for you to check out. Requires a three-week lead time.