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Children's Area Changes 1.1

Much like Apple does with Iphones and computers, we’ll be sending you updates as we continue to make the upgrades/changes to the Children’s Area.  The most recent and recognizable one is that we have moved all the books previously shelved in the “series” section into Fiction.  The reason: there are so many fabulous books that are part of a “series” that we simply don’t have the room to highlight all of them in that area.  As of today, all series books are now shelved by author. We have pulled a few of the more popular series and they are located on one side of the 2x2 pyramid shelf near the center of the children’s area.  On this shelf, you will find favorites such as Disney, Star Wars and Superheroes. On the shelves at the front of the fiction section (the former series shelves) you will find our Spanish collection, which consists of biographies, fiction, non-fiction and picture books as well as a small selection of Chinese language books. As always, please ask at the reference desk if you need help finding or requesting a book.  More great changes ahead…we’ll keep you posted! 

Children's Area Changes!

   We are in the beginning phases of a complete Children’s Area overhaul.  Similar to Spring cleaning your house - this type of "cleaning" will be done Library style!   What that means is a shift in the collection, new programming being added and current programming being re-vamped!
One of the most obvious changes to the collection is the location of the Graphic Novels.  They have been moved from the far corner of the children’s area to the shelving unit directly to the left of the Children’s Activity Room.  The Juv. Ref, Country and State books have been shifted down one shelving unit and the current Blue Bonnet books can now be found on the top of the magazine section.
So, bear with us as the changes evolve – we’ll keep you posted as they happen!

What is the Right Story Time for my Child?

   We get asked this question all the time in the Children's Area.  Which story time should I bring my child to? The answer is:  bring your child to the story time that best fits their age and ability.  Children grow and develop at different paces.  No child is the same when it comes to what they learn or how they learn.  With that in mind, we have done our best to create story times to fit every age and stage of your child’s development.  We offer 6 story time sessions each week that are planned with these developmental stages in mind.
Baby Bookworms for the newborn – walker-in-training. This is a special time for you to spend and enjoy with your baby.  It is a chance to hear familiar nursery rhymes and songs, enjoy bubbles, listen to music and do basic fine motor coordination activities. And yes, we will read 1 simple board book because it is important for [even] the youngest of children to hear stories!  Read and Play is for the walker – 18 month old.  At this story time you and your child will enjoy listening to a story (sometimes 2), fingerplays, songs, bubbles, play time with other babies and beginning fine motor activities.  Toddler Time is for the 18 month – 3 year old.  At Toddler Time, your child will attend a themed story time where they’ll listen to at least 2 stories along with lots of  fingerplays, songs, rhythm stick fun, parachute play, complete a simple craft (with parental help) and have play time with other children.  Preschool story time is for the 3 – 5 year old who is able to sit and listen to at least 3 stories and actively participate in fingerplays, songs and group activities along with rhythm stick fun, parachute play and an age appropriate craft completed with minimal help from their parent.   You are encouraged and welcome to attend any story time that is offered during the week, however, it is recommended that you attend the age appropriate story time for your child (based on the above guidelines) so that they have the best overall experience for their stage of development.   For specific days and times, please access our online calendar of events.  See you at Story Time!

Children’s Fall Programming to Resume!

   Starting in September, the Children’s Department will offer After School Programming on Mondays and Tuesdays at 4:30 pm. Here is our current line-up with more to be added in the coming months!
Mondays at 4:30 pm:
  Chapter Chats  Bring a book to life! Read and explore the best of children’s literature with crafts, food and drama. This program meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month and is limited to 15 children (3rd - 5th grade).  Required registration starts on September 6th and is for September – December.
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm:
  Art Explorers
 Learn about artists and create an art project on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  This program is limited to 20 children (ages 8 - 12).  Required registration begins 1 week in advance.
 Lego Create   Use your imagination to build theme based creations using LEGO on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.  This program is limited to 25 children (ages 5 - 12).   Required registration begins 1 week in advance.
 R.E.A.D Reading Education Assistance Dogs.  Choose a book and share it one-on-one with a furry friend! This program meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month (ages 4 - 12).    
*For a complete listing of our weekly story times, please refer to our online calendar of events!  See you at the Library!         

End Of Summer Celebration!

Get ready to "shake, rattle and roll" at our end of Summer Reading Sock Hop!  Put on your poodle skirt, roll up your jeans and join us Saturday, August 6th on the first floor of the Library from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.  We'll  have games, food, 50's music with DJ Twinkle Toes and a whole lotta' fun for the whole family! 

Summer Reading Homestretch Fun!

The Library has a big [and fun] day planned for Monday, August 1st. Celebrate Harry Potter all day with a reading of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!  Staff will begin reading at 8:15 am in the main foyer of the 1st floor of the Library and continue "until the very end" (quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).  Feel free to come dressed in your favorite Hogwarts attire, take pictures at the 9 ¾ platform, follow clues to find the golden snitch and learn about and visit with a live owl at 2:00 pmAt 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm, Marsha’s Petting Zoo will be here for children (and adults) of all ages to meet farm and exotic animals (and take pictures).  **This is an outdoor program (weather permitting), so please dress for extreme heat and wear a hat, apply sunscreen and bring water. If you haven't registered for the Summer Reading Program, there is still time to register and read 10, do 10 and log it, for a *FREE book, pin and a medal!  It's going to be a great start to the final week of the Summer Reading Program - we hope you can join us! *FREE book while supplies last.

Carranza Puppets!

  Hey kids!  Come to the Children's Area on  Monday, July 18th at 3:00 pm, and enjoy the amazing marionette puppetry of Carranza Puppets as they present the classic Brothers Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel!  This program is FREE and fun for children and adults of all ages.  Sign up here for Summer Reading (if you haven't already) and do 10, read 10 and log it for a pin, certificate and FREE* book!  *FREE book while supplies last

Half Way Through...

The bad news - the Summer Reading Program is at the 1/2 way point.  There is however, plenty of time left to sign up and join us for all of the fun and FREE library activities. Register for the kids program up until August 6th and read 10, do 10 and log it for a pin, certificate, FREE book and medal!  Every Monday at 3:00 pm enjoy special performer shows and activities along with our weekly story times and special Thursday programs. The good news - half the fun is still left!

Ssssnakessss at the Library!

  Monday, June 27th at 3:00 pm, the Children's Area will be crawling with sssssnakesssss!  Mr. Clint from Texas Snakes will be here to show and tell kids about snakes native to the state of Texas and let them touch and hold them too!  This program is FREE and for children (and adults) of all ages!  While you're here, register for the Summer Reading program "On Your Mark, Get Set, Read" and do 10 / read 10 to earn a pin, certificate, *FREE book and a medal! *FREE book while supplies last

Mad Science - Mission Nutrition!

   Come to the Children's area on Monday, June 20th at 3:00 pm for Mad Science!  Learn the basics of nutrition from some of the wackiest scientists you'll ever meet!  If you come a bit early, you'll have a chance to meet the Chick-fil-A cow.  He'll be here at 2:00 pm  to meet, take pictures and have fun!  And, don't forget to register for the Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set...Read" and receive a pin, certificate, medal and *FREE book by reading and completing activities!  *FREE book while supplies last!

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