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

To schedule a School Corps presentation at your site, contact School Corps at 503.988.6004 or lib.school.corps@multcolib.org.

Do-It-Yourself Multicultural Story Scouts

We always receive more requests for Multicultural Story Scouts than we can accommodate, so we have created kits for SUN schools to borrow from us. We now have two different series: Series #1 and Series #2. We'll send the kit to your closest Multnomah County Library branch for pickup, and you can keep it until the end of the fall session. Each kit provides: 10 of our favorite books from the Multicultural Story Scouts series 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. 45 minutes-1 hour per program.

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

This kit lets you teach the LEAP into Science class (above) at your site. We’ll send the kit to your closest Multnomah County Library branch for pickup, and you can keep it until the end of the session. Each kit provides: 12 of our favorite books from the LEAP into Science series and a teacher’s guide with inquiry-based science activities to go with each book. You provide: a staff person to teach to the class and basic supplies.

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!” Each unit includes a story and related recipes to 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. Group participation encourages students to prepare ingredients, follow instructions and measure, mix and create a concoction. 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.

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

This kit provides most of the supplies so you can teach the Scary Stories class (see above) at your site. We'll send the kit to your closest Multnomah County Library branch for pickup, and you can keep it until the end of the session. 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 to the class and basic supplies.

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.