All Library programs for youth are free.  They are generously funded by the Friends of the Culpeper Library, Karen and Paul Laski, and Corporate Sponsors.   Ask us how you can become a Friend!

Children's Programs

 

 Call 540-825-8691 to register where necessary  

Summer Reading is Coming!

Schools will be sending home June Summer Reading Challenge Sheets.  The Sheets will also be available to pick up at the Library beginning May 15th.  These sheets can be handed in any time in June for prizes.  July sheets will be made available in June, and can be returned in July prior to July 28th.  

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.  

You can view our June calendar by clicking on the June Calendar tab.  

 Itsy Bitsy Storytime--Thursdays, 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.

 

 Toddler Storytime (Age 2)--Mondays, 10:30 

 

This is a fun and engaging "lapsit" program designed to help young children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Parents or caregivers sit on the floor with their 2-year-olds in their laps, and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and flannel board activities together.  Followed by 20 minutes of socilaizing and play time.  No registration required.   

 

Pre-School Storytime (Ages 3-5)--Tuesdays, 10:30     

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, flannel board activities and finger plays make this a fun time for all.   This program also helps foster independence as children attend on their own while parents wait in the Library. Registration required.

 Pajama Storytime--Tuesdays, 6:30 
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!

 Friday Morning Walk-In Programs at 10:30                                      Storytime--1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Fridays                                                               Music and Movement--4th Fridays resuming in August         

Storytime: 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. No registration required!

Music and Movement: This 30 minute program features scarf and parachute play, percussion instruments, music, and one book that incorporates movement.  This is a rollicking, educational, good time! Following instructions given in songs helps children develop comprehension skills.  Music also helps children to hear that words are made up of smaller parts called phonics.  No registration required!

 K-2 Book Worms--4th Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15 

Each month Miss Laini will be sharing picture books and selections from chapter books for discussion.  This will be followed by music, crafts, drama or games.  Call 825-8691 to sign up in advance.

 3rd Grade Book Club--1st Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30                 

 

Children read a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with an ice breaker game, followed by book discussion and a game or craft. Visit the Youth Services Desk to pick up your copy of the book and sign up.

Togo

Siberian Husky Togo recalls the heroic 1925 journey in which he and his master risked death and traveled twice the distance of any other relay team, including Balto's, to get life-saving medicine to diphtheria victims in Nome, Alaska.

 4th-5th Grade Book Club--3rd Tuesdays, 4:30-5:45

Children read a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with an ice breaker game, followed by book discussion and a related activity or Apples to Apples Junior. Visit the Youth Services Desk to pick up your copy of the book and sign up.

Book Description:

The Familiars

Is the kingdom's fate in the hands of an orphan cat?

Running fast to save his life, Aldwyn ducks into an unusual pet store. Moments later Jack, a young wizard in training, comes in to choose a magical animal to be his familiar. Aldwyn's always been clever. But magical? Jack thinks so--and Aldwyn is happy to play along.

He just has to convince the other familiars--the know-it-all blue jay Skylar and the friendly tree frog Gilbert--that he's the powerful cat he claims to be.

Then the unthinkable happens. Jack and two other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia.

On a thrilling quest to save their loyals, the familiars face dangerous foes, unearth a shocking centuries-old secret, and discover a destiny that will change Vastia forever. Their magical adventure--an irresistible blend of real heart, edge-of-your-seat action, and laugh-out-loud humor--is an unforgettable celebration of fantasy and friendship.

 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.

 Full STEAM Ahead                                                                           3rd-5th Grade 1st Saturdays, 1-2:15                                                 1st-2nd Grade 3rd Wednesdays 4:30-5:15 

1st-2nd graders join Miss Laini for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math activities.  In May children will be learning about the layers of the Earth by eating the Earth, and exploring erosion.

3rd-5th graders join Miss Debbie for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math activities. In June children will be completing building challenges with Keva Planks.  Call 825-8691 to sign up in advance.

 K-5 Lego Club--2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30                
Come build something extraordinary with the Library's Lego. Then, we will take a photo of it to post on the Library's Facebook page. Call 825-8691 to sign up in advance.