In-person services currently available at the Ventura County Libraries:
   - Walk Up Holds Pick Up (no appointment needed)
   - Indoor browsing and checkout of materials (appointment recommended)
   - Computer Labs (appointment recommended)

Due to mandatory limitations on the number of people allowed to use services at a time, we strongly recommend contacting your local library to make an appointment to use the browsing and computer services.  Walk ups will be accommodated as space allows.  

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STEAM Resources for Kids & Teens

Explore the bountiful STEAM activities available online. Here are a few of our favorites ...

  • VCL STEAM Fun YouTube Playlist   Join your favorite Ventura County Librarians as they explore fun STEAM topics through interactive activities and lessons.

  • Live Chess Tutoring - Learn chess strategies and improve your cognitive thinking with an expert chess coach.

  • CA Science Center   Stuck-at-home science activities for a variety of ages are designed for families to have fun learning together using household supplies.
  • Kids Gardening  Activities for kids and grown-ups to learn together while encouraging a love for nature and the environment. Browse for projects or search using the Explore Our Resources feature. Check out additional content under the Educator Resources and Gardening Toolbox menus.
  • NASA at Home   Activities for all ages. Additional features include virtual tours, podcasts, videos, and ways to contribute to research as a citizen scientist.
  • NISE Do Science at Home  Hands-on STEAM activities developed by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) and its partners.
  • Hour of Code    STEAM activities for all learning levels, skill levels, and available technology.
  • Girls Who Code   Downloadable computer science activities for students ages 8 & up. Each activity includes a feature of a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology.
  • Tinkercad  Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!  Don't know how to use Tinkercad? Go to Tinkercad Learn.
  • MYSTERYscience   Science lessons designed to engage K-5 students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy to use. Full lessons include simple hands-on activities.
  • The Tech Interactive at Home  STEAM lessons and activities that can be completed with supplies found in your home. Includes detailed instructions and videos on how to complete the activity. 
  • Tinybop Schools   Introduces complex science topics with curriculum-aligned, inquiry-based models and supporting materials. Sign up required for a free one-month trial.