The Grand Forks Public Library is offering virtual STEM programs for elementary students on the Grand Forks school district’s early-release dates, starting Wednesday, Jan. 13, and continuing through May.

Parents are encouraged to pick up supply bags for the Zoom programs during the library’s curbside delivery times. The free bags contain materials for kids to perform hands-on activities at home during the STEM @ My Library Early Out programs.

The school district’s early-release dates, when the school day ends at 1:30 p.m., are: Jan. 13 and 27, Feb. 10 and 24, March 10, April 14 and 28, and May 19. The Zoom program will begin at 2 p.m. on those dates.

Participating students will explore topics such as aviation, chemistry, physics, the moon mission, the planet Jupiter, space studies and atmospheric science. Sessions range in length from 60 to 90 minutes, depending whether or not there’s a guest speaker, said Aaron Stefanich, children’s librarian, at the Grand Forks Public Library.

The programs, presented in partnership with the Dakota Science Center, will be led by Delores Clark.

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Those interested in the program are invited to sign up by sending an email to and indicate the number of bags needed. Parents may pick up the bags during the library’s curbside delivery times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If a student misses a program, there will be instructional videos on the Dakota Science Center YouTube channel, Stefanich said.

For more information, contact Stefanich at the library, (701) 772-8116 or