To provide children and families with an environment that encourages the love of reading. We believe that immersing young children into the joys of literature will encourage them to have a lifelong love of reading.
Book Check Out For Students
Each week, your child will have the opportunity to check out one book to share at home. All of our students are given a special library book bag to transport their library book to and from home. The book must be returned on or before your child’s next library visit so your child can check out a new book. If your child forgets their book, Ellie the Bookmobile Elephant makes daily visits to the classrooms, so your child can check out another book as soon as the first one is returned.
Part of the Pre-Kindergarten experience is learning to be responsible for various items the children use throughout the day. We spend a lot of time learning about how to care for library books. Please help your child by having a special place for your child’s library book at home and discussing book care. Sometimes during the learning experience, accidents may happen and the book may become damaged or lost. Unfortunately, if the book is lost or damaged, it must be paid for before another book can be checked out. Most importantly, read and enjoy the library book with your child several times to establish good reading habits and to promote the love of reading. Have fun reading with your child!
Your child comes to the library every other week for a 30 minute story time lesson. These lessons focus on early literacy skills using a wide variety of stories, songs and activities that support the classroom curriculum, which is based on the state PreK guidelines.
Story time benefits:
- Helps children develop a lifetime love of books and reading.
- Provides early language and literacy skills.
- Helps children increase their vocabulary and discover new ideas.
- Introduces children to a wide variety of authors/illustrators and writing styles.
- Helps children increase their listening skills and attention span.
We need volunteers to help with Ellie the Elephant, our bookmobile. Ellie goes to the classrooms every morning and afternoon. It takes an average of 30 minutes each time depending on how many classes need Ellie to stop. If you would like to help with Ellie the bookmobile one time every week, please contact the librarian to schedule a day and time.
Shared Reading Tips
- Read together every day. Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close.
- Give everything a name. Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, “Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?”
- Say how much you enjoy reading. Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about “story time” as the favorite part of your day.
- Read with fun in your voice. Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices. Ham it up!
- Know when to stop. Put the book away for awhile if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.
- Be interactive. Discuss what’s happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions.
- Read it again and again. Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for the 100th time!
- Talk about writing, too. Mention to your child how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
- Point out print everywhere. Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.
- Get your child evaluated. Please be sure to see your child’s pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child’s language development, hearing, or sight.
Shared Reading Tips. (2015, August 27). Retrieved August 27,2015, from Reading Rockets website http://www.readingrockets.org/
Book Check Out For Parents
We strongly encourage parents to visit our library to check out books. There is a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books to enjoy with your preschoolers at home. Also, there is a parenting section of books that addresses many topics.
Parents are welcome to check out library books:
Monday - Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Monday - Thursday afternoons from 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
- Parents may check out up to 5 books for up to 2 weeks.
- There are no overdue fines; however, parents will be responsible to pay for lost or damaged books.
- Parents will need to register with the librarian and your telephone number will be used as your ID to check out books.
Come by and get some great books!