1 06, 2022

Talking to Children About Difficult News

By |June 1st, 2022|

The news out of Texas last Tuesday was devastating. While it is nearly impossible to fathom the loss of such young and bright lives, for parents, it may also be difficult to consider talking to our children about the topic. In the Youth Services Department, we are here for you.

27 05, 2021

Introducing Launchpads, New in the Library of Things

By |May 27th, 2021|

Looking for new ways to keep your kids engaged and learning over the summer? Check out our newest addition to the Library of Things: Playaway Launchpad tablets! Each tablet comes pre-loaded with themed educational games and activities for specific age groups. Take a look at the list down below and

28 12, 2020

Happy New Year from Youth Services!

By |December 28th, 2020|

Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Want your kids to go to bed before midnight? Don’t want to stay up late yourself? Ring in the New Year at noon or anytime you’d like using this countdown video created by the Youth Services staff. Have your child countdown along

22 05, 2020

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten at Home

By |May 22nd, 2020|

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

5 05, 2020

Craft of the Month: Paper Plate Ring Toss

By |May 5th, 2020|

Are you looking for something fun to both make and play with your family? Then this craft is for you! Materials you will need: four paper plates (plain white would work best, but any color plates are fine) one paper towel tube scissors  markers (crayons or colored pencils are fine

13 12, 2017

A World of Reading: Library Language Resources for Youth

By |December 13th, 2017|

"To have another language is to possess a second soul." -Charlemagne Is your child looking to learn a new language or to continue exploring a language with which they have familiarity? Look no further than our growing Youth World Languages collection. Located in the southwestern corner of the Youth nonfiction

12 11, 2015

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

By |November 12th, 2015|

In this series, we have been examining practices that will help you raise a reader:  reading, writing, singing, playing and talking. These easy- and fun-to-do practices are the early literacy building blocks. Today’s post on writing may surprise you, as there’ll be very little writing involved! Write with your child.

30 10, 2015

Picture Book Month: Celebrate!

By |October 30th, 2015|

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month? Picture Book Month is the celebration of the print picture book during the digital age. Picture books are wonderfully crafted and illustrated books made for sharing, telling, and re-telling stories. For children, picture books help shape their childhood. They create a

20 10, 2015

Building Literacy: The 5 Practices (Part 2 of 3)

By |October 20th, 2015|

A few months ago, I wrote about the building blocks of literacy:  five practices that will help get your child ready to read! These practices couldn’t be easier or more fun:  you just read, write, sing, play and talk with your child. In this post, we’ll look at the verbal

25 08, 2015

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

By |August 25th, 2015|

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

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