children's

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 – walking unassisted. 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.  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 fingerplays, songs, rhythm stick fun, parachute play, complete a simple craft 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!

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!

Children’s Summer Reading is Coming!

Hard to believe but, in 3 weeks, the 2016 Children’s Summer Reading Program "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!begins!  This year’s program is shaping up to be one of our best yet!  The fun starts on Monday, June 6th by registering at www.hcpl.net.    This year, the program has been updated to be both book and activity based.  What this means is, children will read or complete 10 activities to earn their certificate, pin and *FREE book.  They can continue on to be a Super Library Learner and complete up to 20 activities and earn a medal.  The 20 activities must include at least 10 reads.  Activities can include but are not limited to:  going to a museum, completing a puzzle, attending a library program, riding a bicycle and the list goes on.  Every Monday at 3:00 pm children can enjoy FREE performer programs such as magic shows, animal shows, science and puppet shows and every Thursday at 3:00 pm there will either be movies or a participation program such as cupcake decorating or Lego Create.  Come in to the library for a Summer calendar or access onlineOn Your Mark, Get Set - and get ready to enjoy a whole Summer of fun! *FREE book while supplies last

Children's Craft Day!

                                  This program is limited to 10 children.  Call 832-559-4235 to register!

Art Explorers!

  This month at Art Explorers, we will learn about American landscape painter and printmaker Winslow Homer and create a seascape using bleeding tissue paper and paint! This program meets on Monday, May 9th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, May 10th at 4:30 pm.  Each session is limited to 20 children, ages 8 – 12Required registration begins Monday, May 2nd by calling the Children’s reference desk at 832-559-4235.

Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

   On April 12th, beloved children's author, Beverly Cleary celebrated her 100th birthday!  First published in 1950, she has written over 3 dozen children's books, sold over 91 million copies worldwide and her books are as popular today as they were when she first wrote them.  Her most famous stories are those about Henry Huggins, Ramona Cleary and the other boys and girls of Klickitat Street in Portland, Oregon.  Cleary, who got her start as a librarian began writing these stories because a boy asked where he could find books about “kids like us”.  She is a true literary giant and we wish her many more candles on her birthday cakes in the years to come! 

Winter Wonders at Stratford Library

Experience icy science magic at the Stratford Library!

Tuesday January 26

4:30 - 5:30 PM

For kids all ages!

Waiting

Come look at our bulletin board about Kevin Henkes.  We are all looking forward to his new book, "Waiting".

 


The owl, the pig, the bear, the puppy and the rabbit are all waiting for different things.  

What can it be?  Put this book on hold so you will be one of the first people to read it and find out.  While waiting, come explore our display of other books he has already written.  Kevin Henkes is not only an author but an award winning illustrator.  His book titled, "Kitten's First Full Moon", won the Caldecott award.


Library Joins NextDoor

The Maud Marks branch just joined @Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods.  We will be posting our upcoming programs on the site.  If you want to receive the weekly listings you can join the conversation at www.nextdoor.com.

(some) September Children's Programs!

 Registration is now open for the following Children’s programs Art Explorers Monday, September 14th at 1:30 pm and Tuesday, September 8th at 4:30 pm.  This month learn about Canadian artist Ted Harrison and paint a watercolor of the Yukon.  Each session is limited to 20 children (ages 8-12).  Our newest program , Creative Writing every Thursday at 4:30 pm.  Learn how to write creatively through good books!  This month’s topic is story structure and The Hobbit.  This program is limited to 10 children (ages 9 – 12) and registration is for the entire month.  Please call 832-559-4235 for more information and to register.   

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