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January 2015 KIDSHEET

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The New Year holiday seems to be a time to make changes, start fresh, and improve yourself and everything around you. The library is doing this as well! Look around at some of our changes and let us know what changes you would suggest to make things better.


New dramatic play toys in the children’s area (and look for more periodically throughout the year)




Signage and seating in the “Teen Area” as well as bulletin boards for displays.
Lots of reading opportunities in the Teen Area—check out that area often for updates. 






Easy Reader project:
This involves labeling all our Easy Reader books with levels P, 1, 2, 3, and 4, color-coding them, and placing them in tubs to make it easier to see the cover of the book (and the title and reading level). This will be a work in progress for some time as we make all the necessary changes; please be patient with us!



New programming for children   Look below for a listing!


Be prepared for other new and improved items, programs, areas, etc. as we move through the year!

And again, please be sure to let us know what you’d like to see here—it’s your library!


January Reading & Activity Program:
“Button up (It’s Cold!) and Read!”
for Preschool and Elementary-Age Kids



During the month of January, pick up an activity sheet. For every 5 activities completed, receive a small incentive AND receive a ticket to enter the end-of-the-month drawing.

After doing 25 activities (and claiming your 5 incentives and 5 tickets), one final completion prize and 5 more tickets will be awarded. 



The activity sheet also has a place to log books that you read. Receive one ticket to enter into the drawing for books read according to these amounts:

    5 picture books
    10 easy reading books
    2 chapter books with less than 80 pages
    1 chapter book with more than 80 pages

All tickets must be claimed and entered into the drawing by Tuesday, February 3rd. The drawing will be held at noon on Wednesday, February 4th.

Do some fun activities, read some great books, and we will help you enjoy it even more!


“Make new friends, but keep the old,
one is silver and the other’s gold.”

You might have heard these lyrics in a song or maybe they are new to you. Either way, we’d like to remind you of the “old” programs we currently have here at the library and introduce you to a couple of “new” ones. Be sure to try out a few new things—they just might be golden!


Questions about any of the these programs should be directed to Youth Services Librarian Linda Shreve  by email or by phone at 260-726-7890 .


OLDIES (but goodies!)


1000 Books before Kindergarten:  for families with kids who are infants or older up to school age. The goal is to have 1000 books read to each child before they start kindergarten. Any family member can read to them, as can caregivers, friends, and audio books. Write down the titles in the special binder we provide, and we’ll help you stay motivated with incentives along the way. Upon completion, each child’s picture will be posted to the “Reading Wall of Fame,” and they will be given a hardcover book of their own to keep.



Kindergarten Prep School: a summer program for children in the Jay School district only who will be entering kindergarten that year. It meets once a week for the entire summer to help children learn skills such as standing in line, taking turns, raising their hands, sitting still, opening milk cartons, cleaning up their own mess, and more. Registration takes place in April and May.



Summer Reading Program: every summer we offer reading and program opportunities for children of all ages. Historically, reading has been rewarded with a prize bag and a pool party. Look for new, exciting changes to this program in the summer of 2015!



Story Time:  for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, this program is held once a week during the morning hours. Stories are shared and some fun activities are available, including a craft. Usually thematic in nature.




Mother Goose & Me:  Mother Goose shares stories, rhymes, songs, chants, and more as young children and their caregivers interact to move and learn.




Lego Club:  for all ages, a “drop-in” time for building.

The smallest children can play with the giant Megablocks; Duplos and the smaller Lego bricks are available for toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-aged and older kids, even adults.


NEWBIES (also goodies!)



Maker Club: Starting in January, this exciting new offering will be held on the second Friday from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Elementary-aged children will be given 3 - 4 “Challenges” to try. They can do one, two, or all. A craft challenge will be one of the monthly choices; others will be such things as marble runs, exploring with simple circuits, and making various items. The first Maker Club will be held on Friday, January 9th in the children’s area.



Making It On My Own: Also starting in January, available on the 4th Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., will be simple crafts for kids of all ages to complete ON THEIR OWN while at the library. All supplies needed as well as step-by-step directions will be offered to make one or two crafts. Activity papers and coloring sheets will also be out to complete at the library or take home.



Evening Story Time: Beginning in February, an evening story time for families will be held at the library. Details will be forthcoming, but plan to enjoy a fun time with stories, song, and activities sure to captivate the intended audience.


Crazy 8s Club: An eight-week program for K-2nd graders only, this program is a weekly program with sign up to take place in January. The program will start on Monday, February 2nd from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and continue each Monday until March 23rd. Participants will use math in creative ways and learn reading-math connections along the way. Limit of 20 children.




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