All Library programs for youth are free.  This Summer they are generously funded by Karen and Paul Laski, the Friends of the Library, Walmart, Culpeper Foundation, Wells Fargo and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Children's Programs

Registration is done by phone or in person.  

 

Summer Reading

Prevent Summer Slide by challenging children to read and visit the Library this Summer!

July Challenge Sheets are now available, and are due between July 1 and July 28. 

Challenge Sheets are a fun alternative to listing books.  Readers of all ages, from birth-teen are invited to participate.  Those who have finished 5th grade may choose to do the children's program or teen program. 

 

Movie Showings-- Friday, July 27                                              Winnie the Pooh at 10:30 Wreck it Ralph at 2:30   

Most seating for these programs will be on the floor.  Feel free to bring a blanket or towel to sit on.  Winnie the Pooh is perfect for younger children.  Wreck it Ralph is recommended for Kindergarten and up as content may be boring for the little ones.  

There is no registration for these programs.  It is first come, first serve.  Space is limited.

Itsy Bitsy Storytime--                                                                  1st and 3rd Thursdays in July, 10:30
For ages birth--23 months. No registration required.  Bouncing, hugs and kisses, tickle time, lots of rhymes, and one book are shared at this fun program, designed to help our youngest library users develop pre-literacy skills.  Followed by 20 minutes of socializing and play time.
 Tuesday Storytimes--10:30-11:15 July 3, 10, 17, 24
Children are divided by age group for storytime on Tuesdays. Age groups include: Toddlers (age 2), Pre-School (ages 3-5), and Grade School (Kindergarten completed and older).  Younger children enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and puppets.  Older children enjoy stories and discussion.  No registration necessary.  
 Pajama Storytime--Tuesdays, 6:30 July 3, 10, 17, 24                
This is a fun and engaging program designed to help children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Stories, songs, puppets, and finger plays make this a fun time for all.   Children attend with a parent or other caregiver.  Children are encouraged to attend in their pajamas.   No registration required!
 K-2 (completed) Book Worms--4th Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15  

Each month Miss Laini will be sharing stories and selections from chapter books.  This will be followed by games or crafts.  Sign up in advance.

 

 Read to the Dogs--4th Saturdays 10:30-11:30                              
The Welcome Waggers therapy dogs are coming back for another fun-filled Saturday morning of  sharing books!  Pre-readers are welcome to show dogs pictures in a favorite book. Beginning readers get to practice  reading without the pressure of getting all the words right.  No registration required.  First come, first serve.
 3rd Grade Book Party--1st Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 (Resumes in September.  Books available starting August 7)           

Childrenread a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with socializing, followed by book discussion and an activity. The September book is  Judy Moody and Stink and the Big Bad Blackout. We will be making up our own shadow puppet plays.          

Book Description:

Judy and Stink and the whole Moody family hunker down with beans and batteries, ready to wait out the storm. But along with massive rain and strong winds, Hurricane Elmer throws down ghosts, squirrels, and aliens. Spooky! Just when things couldn't possibly get any freakier -- flicker, flicker, gulp! -- the lights go O-U-T out. The Moodys are smack-dab in the middle of a big bad blackout! Grandma Lou proposes musical board games and some good old-fashioned storytelling. Will Hurricane Elmer go down in Moody family history as bad news, a happy memory, or simply an LBS (Long Boring Story)?

 4th-5th Grade Book Party--3rd Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 (Resumes in September.  Books available starting August 21)

Children read a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with socializing, followed by book discussion and a game.  For September we are reading The Fourteenth Goldfish.  Stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick up a copy of the book and sign up.

Book Description:

Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?
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Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He's bossy. He's cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie's grandfather, a scientist who's always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.

 

 Full STEAM Ahead--                                                                         Grades 1-2 (completed)-3rd Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15                       Grades 3-5 (completed)-1st Saturdays, 1:00-2:15 (Cancelled in   August.  Resumes on September 8.)  

3rd-5th graders, join Miss Debbie, a licensed elementary school teacher, for our  3rd-5th grade Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program.  1st and 2nd graders, join MIss Laini, a licensed elementary school teacher, for our 1st-2nd grade STEAM program.  These are the perfect programs to help kids develop creative and abstract thinking, teamwork, and problem solving skills while having fun.  Call or stop by to register.  
 K-5 (completed) Lego Club--4:30-5:30  2nd and 4th Wednesdays 
Come build something extraordinary with the Library's Lego.  The Library owns 70 pounds of Lego.  This is an opportunity for children to explore a new collection of pieces, and have free building time. It's also a perfect way to make new friends!