Children’s Room

In the Spotlight

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Do you have an infant, toddler or preschool age child?  Sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

This special reading initiative encourages every family to read 1,000 books by the time their child reaches kindergarten.  Participating is easy.  Simply visit the children’s room and ask for a reading log.  Color in one circle for every book you read.  Once you’ve read 100 books, show us your reading log and receive a book to keep.

By the time you complete the program, your child will own 10 books, a great start to a personal library.  Do you have an older child at home?  Encourage siblings to read together.  Reading Superheroes receive a small prize for every 25 books read to a younger sibling.  Stop by the children’s room to get started today!

Summer 2017 Highlights

 This summer we offered over 80 programs for children, from babies through 6th graders and over 1,000 community members participated in our Summer Reading Program!

Coding, Science, & Engineering Programs Highlight: Little Bits Engineering & Coding with Dash Robots. We seek to serve as an incubator for innovation and ideas and we know that access to fun, educational, hands on opportunities for learning are crucial in the summer months. To this end we offered many programs around STEM topics (science, technology, engineering, and math.) Kids in kindergarten through 6th grade programmed robots, learned principles of engineering and created some really cool stuff using technology the library purchased for this type of critical thinking and exploration.

Build a Better World

Paint Kindness Rocks & Card Making for Healing Meals. In accordance with our strategic plan, we encouraged different age groups to interact in a community setting by offering two intergenerational art projects. Both projects were creative and focused on spreading love and kindness in our community. Participants made cards for Healing Meals clients (community members in health crisis) and painted rocks to spread messages of kindness to neighbors.

We also partnered with the Farmington Valley Trail Council to help keep our trails clean, and with ImmaCare to make sandwiches for the hungry.

In addition to these scheduled programs, this summer our community performed random acts of kindness, shopped local, and found unique ways to give back.