Baby Play Date –
In this program, we focus on our youngest bookworms, our 0-2 crowd! Littles and their grown-ups are invited to come and learn some new rhymes, songs and activities that will entertain your baby not only at the library, but at home. This will be a casual opportunity for young children to become familiar with the library, as well as children their own age. Our babies should join us Thursday mornings at 10:30am for all the fun.
Preschool Stoytime: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
In honor of 50 years of Eric Carles book The Very Hungry Caterpillar Miss Kate will take five weeks to explore this book in many different ways, as well as other books that share a similar theme. Each week we will experience some aspect of the story through books, activities and crafts that focus wholly on that theme. This program is geared for children ages 2+ and all are welcome. Every Friday at 10:30am.
Join us at 6:00pm on Monday nights where we will have a rotation of programs in the picture book room for kids 5-10. Here’s how it will look:
1st Monday – LEGO Club
2nd Monday – DIY Craft Night
3rd Monday – Project: Pen Pal
4th Monday – Howe Kid’s Art Gallery
Sessions are free and do not require registration. These literacy enhanced library storytimes are based on the national Every Child Ready to Read initiative and incorporate six key literacy skills into fun programs through the five main practices of talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. We use stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts, and other activities to help achieve early literacy goals. Registration is not required for these drop-in programs.
Pre-literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. You can help your child be ready to read, starting from birth. Research has shown there are six preliteracy skills that your child needs in order to read:
- Print Motivation (Reading is fun!): Children who enjoy books and being read to will want to learn how to read for themselves.
- Print Awareness (Look at words): Being familiar with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and understand that print is useful.
- Letter knowledge (Know your letters): Knowing the names and sounds of letters helps children figure out how to say written words.
- Vocabulary (Learn new words): The more words children know, the better able they are to recognize words and understand what they read.
- Phonological Awareness (Sound out words): Being aware of the small sounds that make up words helps children sound out written words as they begin to read.
- Narrative Skills (Tell a story): Being able to tell or retell stories develops comprehension skills that will help children understand what they read.
Activities you do to support these skills will help children on their way to becoming great readers! To get hands-on experience for you and your child attend any of our Library Storytimes where we demonstrate the Every Child Ready to Read skills and do fun activities. The most important thing to remember is to talk, share, laugh, and have fun reading together!