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May 2022

We're excited to share the latest news about the programs and services being offered to our community throughout May.
Online Calendar & Room Reservations

General Interest & All Ages Programs

Many programs target specific age groups, but there are several each month that are open to everyone. These general interest programs are a great way for everyone in the family to have a good time at the Cybrarium. Invite your friends and loved ones to experience the Cybrarium together!
All Families Fun Night: Wednesday, December 29, 5:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday | May 25 | 5:00-7:00 PM

Tabletop games, entertainment, and family fun for all ages and families!
Monday | May 16
Registration for the "Oceans of Possibilities" Summer Reading Program opens! Patrons may register at and may begin logging their reading on June 1. The program is open to readers of all ages, with prizes and programs for three age groups: early readers, children, teens, and adults.

Children's Programs

There are children's programs each week at the Cybrarium. Storytimes, craft activities, STEAM Saturdays, and Learning Lab take place throughout the month, targeting toddlers, preschoolers, and primary-school children. Parents, guardians, and caregivers can also learn from our Children's Librarian, Ms. Patty, and from each other during group activities.
Fridays | 10:00-10:30 AM
Ages 1 & 2
Tiny Tots Storytime is for walkers ages 1 & 2 and their caregivers. Early listening and literacy skills are developed through book readings, songs, and activities.

Fridays | 11:00-11:30 AM
Ages 3 & 4

Stories and activities for preschoolers and their caregivers: Learn the ABCs, 123s, and other concepts while having fun. We are always inspired to do fun story-related activities whenever we get together to read our favorite books!

May 6
Book: Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

May 13
: Here Comes Ocean by Meg Fleming
May 20
: Ocean Life by Jill McDonald

May 27 - Bilingual
Book: El Gran Granjero Rojo by Margaret Wise Brown

Tuesdays | 3:00-5:00 PM
Grades K-8

Help your child have a successful school year! Bring them to the Homestead Cybrarium’s Learning Lab every Tuesday from 3:00PM – 5:00 PM for free, one-on-one virtual math or reading tutoring sessions with certified teachers found on our Brainfuse online site, and moderated by our Cybrarium staff.
Materials needed for a variety of school-based projects will be made available at our Learning Lab.
STEAM Saturdays

Saturdays | 2:00-3:00 PM

Ages 8-12
Experiment with all sorts of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math-based activities and crafts. You'll be surprised by what you learn!
*Registration Required*

May 7    STEAM Gardening
Make a greenhouse.

May 14   Painting with Chlorophyll
Combining science and art

May 21   Make Seed Bombs of Butterfly-attracting Plants
Create a butterfly haven.

May 26   Plants and Makey-Makey
Coding and gaming while learning about plants

Use the links above to register for STEAM Saturdays.

Teens & Young Adults

The Teen Advisory Board is an opportunity where teens in the community can make their voice heard by providing advice and insight that would make the Cybrarium a more teen-friendly place and help the community. Plus, it’s a fun, meaningful way to earn some service hours.
Meet our new Teen Services Specialist, Darian Jones!

Adult Programs

Adults can learn, craft, and improve their lives during May's programs. All events are free and open to the public. Be sure to check for registration requirements, as spots may be limited.

Technology Classes

The Cybrarium offers a variety of technology and computer classes each month. Most classes are targeted for adults, ages 18 and above. See below to learn more about the technology classes and presentations offered this February.

Sundays | May 8 & 22 | 3:00-4:00 PM

*Registration required.*
Click to register for May 8 or May 22.

Community Happenings 

The Cybrarium continues to host the Lamplighters Writing Group. The Lamplighters are a group of talented and aspiring writers with a flexible and dedicated membership.

Meetings are held in the First Floor Meeting Room on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.
New at the Cybrarium
The Cybrarium is proud to offer Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, which gives patrons access to collections beyond what is held in Homestead by allowing them to request items to be sent to the Cybrarium from partner libraries across the state. Up to five (5) ILL requests may be pending or ILL items checked out at one time.
The Children’s Trust Book Club mails free books to all Miami-Dade parents with children ages birth through their 5th birthday. All book club members receive a new book every month in English or Spanish, along with a guide for parents with activities, information, and suggestions about how to share the book with their children. All books are selected specifically to help children develop their early reading skills for school readiness.

Cybrarium Round-up

The round-up covers all that you missed since our last newsletter and provides updates about Cybrarium services. This month we look back at April's programs.
One and two-year-olds enjoyed learning about parts of the body and having parachute fun in our new Tiny Tots Storytime program.
Steam Saturday participants learned all about weather and made snow, rain, and tornadoes in jars.
Children ages 8-12 coded their own video games during our STEAM Saturdays program.
Rhyme Time: Our Lil' Learners had fun with nursery rhymes.
Lifelong Learners: We have a dedicated group of adults for our Computers 101 class, and they are learning all about computers while becoming friends.
What's inside? Our Tiny Tots participants enjoyed storytime and helping plastic eggs "hatch" to see what was inside.
No more monkeys jumping on the bed! Our Lil' Learners enjoyed storytime and finding out why the monkeys shouldn't jump on the bed.
Light up the night: Anime Club members painted Japanese lanterns.
Spring Painting: Teen patrons welcomed spring with original paintings.
Book Art: Teen patrons folded pages of used books to create unique artworks.

Collection News

Staff Pick: Book Recommendation

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Graphic Novel

Jules Verne

This literary masterpiece, written in 1870, is made new and retold with color illustrations while retaining key phrases and quotations from the original.

An American frigate, tracking down a ship-sinking monster, faces not a living creature but an incredible invention -- a fantastic submarine commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. Suddenly a devastating explosion leaves just three survivors, who find themselves prisoners inside Nemo's death ship on an underwater odyssey around the world from the pearl-laden waters of Ceylon to the icy dangers of the South Captain Nemo, one of the greatest villians ever created, takes his revenge on all society.

More than a marvelously thrilling drama, this classic novel foretells with uncanny accuracy the inventions and advanced technology of the twentieth century and has become a literary stepping-stone for generations of science fiction writers.

This graphic novel is available in ebook and audiobook formats through cloudLibrary.

The original novel is available in our adult fiction collection, and the movie is part of our DVD collection. It is also available in ebook and audiobook formats through cloudLibrary.
Search for Books & More Online

Visit the Cybrarium's online catalog to search for the latest books, audiobooks, and comics. If you can't find it on our shelves, try using our digital collections: cloudLibrary and Hoopla for more options.
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