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Preschool Pages: Newsletter from Youth Services

Have a preschool-aged child in your life? The brand new Preschool Pages newsletter is for you! Each month, Kary and Megan from Youth Services will share four book recommendations for you and your preschooler to enjoy! Preschool Pages will also offer early literacy tips and feature an author or illustrator, whose entire body of work… Read More

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at Home

We all know a lot has changed in these last few months. Familiarity with things like e-learning, washing off groceries, and wearing face coverings has increased, while things such as in-person playdates or visits to the Library are off-limits for now. Thankfully, many things haven’t changed, such as the specialness of reading a book out… Read More

Getting Your Little One Ready for Kindergarten

We are often asked here at the Library, “How can I help my child learn to read?” Our answer is, “Read to your child...a lot!” Reading to your child gets them ready to read, exposes them to new vocabulary, helps them understand narrative, and, most importantly, teaches them that reading is enjoyable. To help you… Read More

STEAM in the Kitchen

We’ve moved from the backyard to the kitchen, but we’re still celebrating science and math activities that you can do with your child. There are many activities to do in and around your kitchen to help your child develop math and science literacy.   Magic Milk is a fun experiment to do together, and it’s… Read More

A STEAMy Summer

Even though our Summer Reading Program is over and school is right around the corner, there is still plenty of time, and many ways, to celebrate all things STEAM! Science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities are easy to accomplish right in your house and also in your backyard. Your yard is a classroom full… Read More

Summer Reading Program 2017: Reading by Design

It's the time of year we've all been waiting for... our Summer Reading Program for kids, teens, and adults kicks off on Saturday, June 10! From architecture and engineering to graffiti and street art, this year's Summer Reading theme, Reading by Design, is meant to inspire readers to explore their own creativity. It’s about celebrating authors, illustrators,… Read More

Practical Screen Time Tips for Parents

I have always valued the screen time guidelines set out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as a way to promote the values of literacy and healthy media use. Before becoming a parent I intended to follow these guidelines to the letter. Yet like so many of the lofty goals of pre-parenthood, reality came… Read More

Read, Write, Play, Sing & Talk @ the Library

The five early literacy practices get your child ready to read, are easy, fun, and can be done right in our Preschool Pavilion! Our Picture Book Notebook has booklists by subject matter. Read: This one is kind of a no-brainer, since you’re surrounded by books! Check out the Picture Book Notebook for booklists by subject matter.… Read More

Building Literacy: The 5 Practices (Part 1 of 3)

The building blocks of literacy are five practices that are fun, easy-to-do, and – the best news is – you’re already doing them! Yep, you heard right:  if you play, talk, sing, write, and read to your child, you have already put the building blocks of literacy in place. Those five simple practices will help… Read More

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