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September 2015 KIDSHEET

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Welcome Back to Programming!

Labor Day normally marks the “Back to Programming” time for the library. We want families to have the opportunity to get back into their school year routines without interruption. Then they can easily figure out how the library’s programs will fit into their daily schedules.

This month will see several time offerings for story times, a return of Mother Goose & Me, and a couple of new additions. Be sure to check the calendar for dates and times, and see below and the next page for descriptions of all the programs. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library at 260-726-7890 or stop in to see us.



Story Time
This program is structured for those who can sit still during a book reading (or those learning how—give us a try!). Several books based upon a theme are shared, perhaps a flannelboard story or song, and a craft or activity is introduced. For all ages who are able to attend at the time offered.

Preschool Playtime
Designed for those children who don’t like to hold still or be tied to the structure that our usual programs require, this program will just be free play with toys that the library has. Light snacks and juice will be available as well. A staff member will be present to help supervise children (we’ll keep your infant entertained so you can make a quick run to the bathroom with your toddler) and answer any questions about library services you might have.

Mother Goose & Me
This program is great for those active toddlers and preschoolers. It gives them some structure but still includes lots of movement, song, dance, rhymes, and stories.



Lego Club
We provide the Legos, you provide the imagination! Open to all ages, we offer a variety of Lego bricks, Duplo bricks, and even the giant MegaBlocks for infant and toddlers. Building takes place at the library, and projects made cannot be saved from week to week.

DIY Saturday Crafts
We put out all the supplies and directions to complete several crafts. You’re on your own to do them! Staff can answer questions or replenish supplies, but can’t provide individual assistance to do the craft



MAKING (September: Electric Avenue)
This will be a special series of offerings that will encourage kids to explore and test, try, and retest things to learn more about how things work. During September, we’ll work with electricity.



TEEN Programs
We’ll start off with a simple get to know you program and then see how we grow from there. Programs are for those in grades 6 through 12 only, with no younger sibling tag-a-longs allowed. We ALWAYS include snacks and drinks and fun activities.



We know that school kids have their hands full with school work and reading textbooks for information. Occasionally throughout the year we’ll offer a reading program to give kids a chance to read for pleasure. Look for those in the coming months for all ages of children.



What would YOU like to see us do @ Your Library?

Please let us know by telling us in person, calling us (260-726-7890), emailing, or leaving us a message on Facebook.

We want to be in the KNOW!


1000 Books before Kindergarten

This is another important program we offer at JCPL. The purpose of this program is to encourage parents to read lots and lots of books to their child before they start their formal education process in school.

Any child who has not yet started kindergarten can be signed up one time for this program. Then all you have to do is read 1000 books and track them in the notebook we give you. We’ll give you incentives along the way to keep you going. It’s a win-win for your family!


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