Join us for FREE events and programs funded by generous donations!
June 27 and July 11&25
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
El Modena Branch Library
380 S. Hewes St., Orange, CA 92869
FREE and FUN!
STEAM learning experiences designed for kids with curious minds in elementary school grades 1-6. Enjoy creative, hands-on investigations into science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
June 27, 2023
Field Journal Native Plant Experience
In the footsteps of influential naturalists, such as Anna Botsford Comstock, Alexander von Humboldt and Margaret Neilson Armstrong, create your very own nature field journal with professional naturalist Joel Robinson, director of Naturalist For You, on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 from 1 to 2:30 pm. A field journal is the ultimate reference guide to assist you with plant and wildlife identification while hiking your favorite nature trail. You will receive a journal, writing/drawing utensils and other observational tools, such as binoculars. Under the guidance of Joel, you will conduct a biological survey at El Modena Basin Park adjacent to the El Modena Branch Library. You will stop frequently during the easy walk (less than 1/2 a mile round-trip) to discuss, write and illustrate your plant and wildlife observations in your journal. You will learn how to identify different species and how they interact with their environment. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, plenty of water and healthy snacks (fruit, vegetables and/or nuts).
July 11, 2023
Learning Binary Numbers and Digital Logic
Learning binary numbers and digital Logic - learn binary number, basic digital logic that are the basic science for today's desktop computers, laptop and cellphones. Chapman associate professor, Dr. Peiy Zhao, will teach kids to build a logic circuit using Snap circuits.
July 25, 2023
The Curious Behavior of Light
Join Dr. Jerry LaRue, Professor from Chapman University, Schmid College of Science and Technology in a workshop where you will learn how light interacts with matter with an emphasis on everyday examples, including polarized sunglasses, color changing LEDs, telescopes, rainbows, and photovoltaics (solar panels).
For additional additional information contact the OPLF at 714-288-2468 or
Getting Ready to Grow — Free Seeds at OPL
Seeds are available to all interested gardeners during regular library hours. The library is simple to use; sign up for a membership, choose your seeds, take them home and plant! At the end of your growing season, if you harvest seeds, bring some back to the library to share for next year's planting season.
The Orange Seed Lending Library now has two locations — one is on the 2nd floor of the Orange Public Library & History Center, and the second is located in the El Modena Branch Library.