Every Tuesday at 10 am (Except holidays)
Open to children ages 1 to 3. Toddlerific includes stories, songs, bubbles, and play time. Three-year-olds can come to either Toddlerific Storytime on Tuesdays or Preschool Storytime on Wednesdays. It's the caregiver's decision when your three-year-old is ready for preschool storytime.
Every Wednesday at 10 am (Except holidays)
Open to children ages 3 to 5. Preschool Storytime includes stories, songs, alphabet learning, and a different fun and education activity or craft. Three-year-olds can come to either Toddlerific Storytime on Tuesdays or Preschool Storytime on Wednesdays. It's the caregiver's decision when your three-year-old is ready for Preschool Storytime. Free with no ticket or registration required. Due to space limitations, day care groups are normally not allowed.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Help your child develop literacy skills before starting Kindergarten. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative to build and support the pre-reading skills of children from birth until before they start kindergarten.
Our fun and free program is as simple as it sounds, read 1,000 books to your child before he or she begins kindergarten. Sign up your infant to preschool age child in the Children's Department. We will give you a folder with a handbook containing all the information about the program you'll need, along with your child's first two log sheets to record the first 200 books you read together. Once you fill your logs, bring them to a Children's Department staff member and you can collect the reward for your child for those log levels and get your next log sheets. Once you complete your 10th and final log, you will have read 1,000 books together! To celebrate this achievement, your child will get a diploma certificate and book prize!
In case you're wondering, it counts each time you read the same book, books read in library story times count, and books anyone from aunts to babysitters read to your child count, too! When you join the program, you will get support from the library along the way. We'll help you choose books (if you like), give you early literacy tips, and encourage your child.
Please ask the Children's Department staff if you have questions about the program or how to help prepare your child for reading. You can stop by in person or call the Children's Department at 409-643-5983.