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September 2013 KIDSHEET

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for preschoolers

Monday September 16 9:30 - 10 AM

Join Molly Hunt, Extension Educator, from the Purdue Extension Office as we host a block party for preschoolers.

All area preschools are invited to bring their classes and any child at home is welcome to come as well!

Blocks of many different types will be available for free play. Children will “learn” so many skills—math, science, pre-reading, social, and physical—as they enjoy trying out the blocks. The blocks come in all shapes and sizes and will be set up in the children’s area of the library so everyone can join in!

No need to register, just come and play and enjoy the blocks!

More about the Extension's Block Party programs



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September is traditionally “Back to School” month (even though most schools start in August these days!).

As children get into the swing of a new school year, don’t forget that your library offers many resources to help kids succeed in school.

Our bookmobile visits the five elementary schools in our taxing district every two weeks. Children have the opportunity to “visit” their public library and check out a book. Additionally, we drop off boxes of books for teachers who desire more books for their students.

 In the library itself we offer computer games that are educational as well as entertaining. Three computers sit among the play area in the children’s area and six more are located in our children’s electronic gallery.

If children are looking for internet access, it is only available to those under 12 years of age if a parent only sits with them at the computer. From ages 12 - 17 years, parents can sign a form allowing their child to use the internet alone.

Books are available on most any subject that might be assigned for reports. Staff are also willing to help locate online resources to print for those without access. Ebooks are available for checkout to ereaders; many of the titles are specifically for children.


Come and see what we can do for you this school year!


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Big News at the Library:  Tess Gerritsen Is Coming!

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean much for the kids as Ms. Gerritsen’s books aren’t really appropriate for the younger crowd. However, teens may enjoy some of the forensic science and other programs that will be offered during our “Jay County Reads Tess Gerritsen” program.

Be sure to check out the calendar in this issue! For children, detective work abounds in a number of series. An old classic is the Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald Sobol (find these in the junior fiction section by author).

Also try these popular series:

  • 39 Clues (various authors)

  • Nancy Drew by Keene

  • Mysterious Benedict Society by Stewart

  • Sammy Keyes by Van Draanen

  • Chet Gecko by Hale

  • Alec Flint, Super Sleuth by Santopolo

  • A to Z Mysteries by Roy Bunnicula by Howe

Have you seen the children's area?

One of the projects facing the library is an update to the children’s area.

The goal is to make the children’s area a place where even the youngest of children can interact with their parents and other children. The purpose is to allow a child opportunities to play, share, discuss, and learn, which all help lead to pre-reading skills.

We welcome input from the public as we gather information and needs.

The school bus has long been a favorite, as is the sand table. We’d like to add to those and create an area where children and adults can play together. Any suggestions you might have can be left in the suggestion box in the kids’ area, passed on to the Youth Services Librarian, or emailed. Together we can bring the world to your child!




Lego Club returns!

Lego Club returns this year with new hours. 

No need to register, just show up during the open hours of 2:30 - 4:00 pm on Tuesdays, beginning September 10th.

Children of all ages are welcome to participate; those younger than 7 years should be accompanied by a caregiver who is at least 13 years of age.

Legos will be available, though you can also bring your own project to work on.  Idea books will be available as well.



If anyone has Legos or Duplos they would care to donate to the library, please bring them in anytime and leave them for Linda. Your generosity is appreciated!



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Programs @ your library

Programming gets underway again as the fall season begins.  Be sure to check us out -- we have something for everyone!

Story Times!

 No registration is required.  An adult must stay with each child.

Wednesdays with Miss Mary at 11:30 a.m.

September 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

This is a new day and time for Story Time!  Make it a special day and stop in one of the local establishments for lunch with your preschooler after Story Time.




Mother Goose & Me Returns!

A favorite with the younger crowd, Mother Goose will visit the library most Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. 

See her on September 13th for a schedule and a fun time.

Q.  How is Mother Goose different from Story Time?
A.  Story Time leaders read stories, share some rhymes, and usually provide a craft.  At Mother Goose & Me, the emphasis is more on music, rhymes and movement.



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