Winter “Stay & Play”
Registration begins Wednesday, January 4 for the Winter session of Parent-Toddler “STAY & PLAY”. Stay & Play will be on Thursday afternoons, 1:00 – 2:15, on January 19 & 26, and February 2 & 9. The four-week play group is for children ages 1-3 years, with a parent or adult caregiver. Toddlers and their grown-ups will have a chance to experience one-on-one play time at several stations with different kinds of toys: books, puzzles, musical instruments, blocks, sorting, trucks, dolls & puppets, dress-up & pretend, food & nutrition, and more.
Enrollment is limited and registration is required for this play group. For more information, please call the Children’s Dept. at 724-222-2400, ext. 235.
Spring Story Time Registration
Registration begins Tuesday, January 24 for the spring sessions of Preschool and Toddler Story Times.
- Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5, is on Tuesdays, 2:00 – 2:30, from February 14 through April 18.
- Toddler Story Times are on Wednesday mornings from February 15 through April 19. Toddler Story Times are: 10:30 – 11:00 for ages 1 ½ to 2 years, and 11:30 – 12:00 for ages 2 ½ up to 3 years.
Registration is required for all story times. Call 724-222-2400, ext. 235 or stop in the Children’s Department for more information or to register; “Parent’s Guide to Story Time” brochures are available at the desk.
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Drop in the Children’s Dept. on Fridays for TGIF: “Tinkering, Games, Ideas, and Fun”. All supplies, materials, and directions for a different activity, craft, game, or puzzle each week will be set up in the Children’s Dept. for anyone who stops in on Fridays. This is not a set program, but a DIY event throughout the day. Each activity will be self-guided; younger children must have an adult with them.
Monthly Chess Club
Monthly Chess Club meets the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Chess Club is open to all ages and all levels of play. Instructors are available to help players learn to play, or learn to play better!
LEGO Club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. The program is open to all ages, although it is recommended for ages 5 and up. The Children’s Dept. is also accepting donations of new or gently used Lego sets.
Now it’s official…check out your “Family Place Library”!
We became a Family Place Library in the fall of 2009, and now it’s “official”! We’ve spent nearly three years building up the core collection of parenting/child-development books and other materials, developing new programs, and creating new partnerships with our community resource professionals. The representatives from the national Family Place group have completed our official site visit…and our new — official — Family Place Library banner is on display. Come check us out
“Brenda Evans Reading Corner”
Brenda Evans was our dear friend and colleague who passed away in March 2011. Because of the generosity and kindness from our friends and patrons, there is a new reading area in the Children’s Department, and a new collection of books about the important people and issues in African-American history. Stop in the Children’s Department to check out the “Brenda Evans Reading Corner” and the new “Brenda Evans Black History Collection.” Take time to sit and read a book (or two) in the comfy chairs, and pass on the joy of reading and the gift of a good story to the children in your life…Brenda would be so pleased!
About the Children’s Department – A “FAMILY PLACE!”
The Children’s Department opened in its present location May of 1992. The area, located on the lower level of the library, was designed with toddlers, preschoolers and children through grade 5 in mind. There is a well balanced collection of recreational and educational materials, which includes over 25,000 books, paperbacks, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and puppets. In March 2010 the Friends of the Library paid for new carpet throughout the whole department. We also painted and rearranged during the process, and the result is that after eighteen years it looks like a brand-new place. Come check it out!
The Children’s Department is a place for FAMILIES! In 2009 we were designated a “Family Place Library”! Family Place is a national initiative that expands the traditional role of children’s library services by supporting the family and you, the parent, as your child’s first and most important teacher. Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s growth and development. With that in mind, when you come to the Children’s Department you will notice a “Welcome” corner when you first enter the department. This area has a comfy couch, a play rug, and toys and puzzles to play with while you are here. Just beyond that is our Teacher/Parent Resource Center & Study Room (TRC). There are many parenting books and materials dealing with children’s issues on the red shelves in the TRC, and all of these may be checked out.
The Children’s Department is a place for FUN & LEARNING! There is a play area, a listening center, Early Learning Station computers, Internet access computers, a Game Corner with board, card, & block games to play while you are here, Teacher/Parent Resource Center & Study Room, and comfortable areas to sit and read.
The Children’s Department is a place for PROGRAMS! Ask us about our weekly Toddler and Preschool Story Times, “Play & Learn” Parent-Toddler Workshop, monthly Family Story Nights, Discovery Club in the fall, Chess Club & Tournament in the spring, and Summer Reading Club to name just a few.
We welcome the opportunity to serve children of all abilities. If you require a program to be signed for the hearing impaired, please call at least 48 hours in advance so arrangements can be made. The library has a stroller-and-wheelchair-friendly ramped entrance, and the Children’s Department is accessible by stairs or elevator. Stop by, or call us at 724-222-2400, ext. 235, for more information!