Upcoming Special Events
Naomi Shihab Nye Storytime
While our Fall storytimes begin to wind down, we are preparing for an eventful end to October. We are honored to be hosting the extremely talented Naomi Shihab Nye on October 27th at 7pm. In honor of her visit, Miss Kate will be holding a special storytime featuring the works of Nye the same day at 10:30 am. All ages are welcome to come and hear this award winnings poet’s moving works.
We will also be holding a Halloween party for children ages 2-12. Come and join Miss Kate in the picture book room for games, crafts, and goodies! The party will start at 1pm on Saturday, October 28th with a fun Halloween story. Children are encouraged to come in costume, and all are welcome to join us for a free showing of Hotel Transylvania 2 (rated PG) at 2pm in the Nancy Howe Auditorium.
LEGO Club Continues!
Mondays @ 6 pm
Bring the kids to the library for a fun hour of building and cooperation. LEGO Club let’s children explore their imagination through manipulating LEGO Bricks to bring to life an object in the real world. Program is open to children ages 5+.
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!