Designed for young children and their caregivers, storytimes are an excellent opportunity to engage participants in sharing books, songs, and rhymes as well as foster important early literacy and social-emotional skills. Most importantly, storytime is a fun way to spend time together, connect with others, and turn learning into an adventure! The storytimes listed below are in-person programs. Check out the Events Calendar for a complete listing of current and upcoming programs.
Babies-n-Books is for young children ages 12 months to 24 months old and their accompanying adults. Each thirty-minute session includes well-loved rhymes, a book or two, finger plays, songs, and movement. This group encourages socialization and early literacy skills for young children and adults together. This storytime series typically includes six meetings per season, and registration is required.
Toddler time is for the most active of little ones ages 2 to early 3 years old. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes and is full of action rhymes, singing, instruments, stories, and a variety of engaging literacy activities to help children get ready to read. Sessions end with a craft for every child and their grown-up to do together.
Share the fun of reading with your children ages 3-5 years old! Children and their grown-ups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 45-minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations, and arouse their curiosity about the world around them. Storytimes conclude with 10-15 minutes dedicated to a craft or other fine motor skill-building activity.
Summer Reading Program / SummerQuest
With a different theme each year, the library’s Summer Reading Program, also known in Pennsylvania public libraries as SummerQuest, is the perfect way to engage the whole family in fun, learning activities throughout the summer months at the library and beyond. Geared especially toward independent readers who have completed Kindergarten through grade 6, SummerQuest offers a series of weekly programs and activities that participants may attend with a focus on creating and working towards completing a personal reading goal by the end.
The theme for the 2022 Summer Reading Program is “Oceans of Possibilities,” featuring fun stories, activities, and events all centered on oceanography and set to inspire reading and a love of learning among all ages. Stay tuned for more information and how to sign up via Beanstack.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the library from hosting events in-person, we’ve transitioned to offering an array of online activities for our community to enjoy. Check out our YouTube channel for recordings of activities as well as our Events Calendar and Facebook page to stay up to date on all programs and events.
Archived on the library’s YouTube channel, these virtual storytimes are designed for littles ones ages 2-5 years old and their caregivers. Each storytime includes a song or rhyme, story read-aloud, and activity idea to enjoy together, along with early literacy tips throughout.
Electronic Resource Tutorials
Also archived on our YouTube channel are recordings of tutorials on how to use electronic resources and databases that you can access remotely with your library card.
Dr. Seuss Digital Breakout Room
In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and Read Across America Day happening every March 2nd, please enjoy this digital escape room!
Children and families are invited to participate in a number of different virtual reading challenges via our web-based and app-based software, Beanstack. It’s easy, like a Fitbit for reading, but instead of exercising your body, you exercise your brain! Track your reading, write reviews of books, and receive fun virtual badges and other incentives for your progress.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Virtual Challenge (ages 0-5 years old)
Help your little learner get ready for Kindergarten by reading and logging 1,000 books! An ongoing challenge for which you can sign up anytime, this is a great way to set your child up with an early love of reading and remember all of their favorite books. Caregivers can sign up their children as a “reader” under their account on Beanstack. Earn fun, virtual badges as you continue through the challenge and get to the 1,000 mark. Let us know when you complete this challenge so that the library can celebrate your child’s success!
Summer Reading Virtual Challenge
Summer time doesn’t mean children need to let all of the literacy skills they built up during the school year fade away. This challenge helps lessen the impact of the summer slide by keeping kids of all ages motivated, engaged, and reading all summer long. Check back close to the end of the school year to learn more about pre-registering. By signing up and participating, children will earn virtual badges for activities completed and have the chance to earn tickets for fun raffles and giveaways throughout the summer.
Take & Make / Grab & Go Activity Kits
These activity kits are perfect for curious children who love to explore hands-on activities and creating. Each kit includes directions and all the supplies you need for a fun, at-home activity. Videos showing the contents of each kit along with a demonstration of the activity are posted to the library’s YouTube channel. Some themes for past kits have included STEM Snowball Fort Creation, Cupid’s Bow & Arrow Challenge, and DIY Slime Chemistry. Check with the library or on our Facebook page to see what kits may be available now or in the future.