Children’s Services

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Children’s Programmer: Jaden Erbs  –   jerbs@wclibrarytn.org

Storytime at the Library!

Welcome to our Fall 2017 Storytime Sessions with Ms. Jaden!

Storytime is an opportunity for children and their parents to come together for stories, songs, crafts and more. Reading and singing to young children promotes language and vocabulary development. Comprehension and cognitive skills are also enhanced.

We offer two Storytime Sessions at each library.

Toddler Storytime for children 18 months – 3 years is offered at 9:30 am at the Jonesborough Library on Tuesdays and the Gray Branch Library on Thursdays. Sessions last about 20 minutes.

Preschool Storytime for children 3 – 5 years is offered at 10:15 am at the Jonesborough Library on Tuesdays and the Gray Branch Library on Thursdays. Sessions last about 45 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

**Occasionally snow or inclement weather will force the closure of Washington County Schools. When the county schools are closed, we will not have Storytime. If unsure, please call the library or visit our Facebook page for updates before coming to Storytime. Your safety is our concern!**

Music Morning

Welcome to our monthly Music Mornings!

Toddlers aged 18 months – 3 years are welcome to come dance, play instruments, and spend 1:1 reading time with their caregivers.  We will begin our sessions in November.

In Jonesborough: We will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 10am

In Gray: We will meet on the second Monday of each month at 10am

**Occasionally snow or inclement weather will force the closure of Washington County Schools. When the county schools are closed, we will not have Music Morning. If unsure, please call the library or visit our Facebook page for updates before coming to Music Morning. Your safety is our concern!**

Lego Club

Welcome to our Fall 2017 Lego Clubs!

Why Legos? Did you know that building with Legos has several benefits for not just children, but adults too? While we focus on how children are learning during our Club times, we highly encourage you as a parent or caregiver to build along too! Here are some of the benefits of Lego Club:

1. Math skills are being learned. For instance, kids will have to do a little math to figure out how many smaller pieces they need to cover a larger one. We’ve also seen kids counting the number of how many of a certain piece they have.

2. Science concepts are being tested. Such as: How high can I build this before it falls down?

3. Literacy skills are being developed. We make sure to ask the children what they are building. There is always a story behind it that they are happy to explain. This kind of oral storytelling is actually an important literacy practice. It helps with a child’s narrative skills, vocabulary and creative thinking.

4. Cooperation and other social skills are strengthened. The kids often work together to create elaborate scenes such as battles. They must communicate their thoughts to their peers and come to an understanding about what they want to accomplish

5. The children and their families get to experience the library and see all we have to offer. The Lego books provided at Lego Club get checked out. Many kids and families also stay after to use our computers, play with the other toys in our children’s areas, or read together.

6. Legos are engaging enough that even the younger kids on this age spectrum will be engrossed the whole time period. Over time this may help them develop longer attention spans. 

7. Kids get to practice problem solving skills. They may need to substitute a piece for another to make something fit, or come up with a new plan when their original idea doesn’t work. Problem solving skills are needed in so many facets of life so it is great to develop them early.

We offer Lego Club times at both libraries! Our upcoming meetings are:

   

**Occasionally snow or inclement weather will force the closure of Washington County Schools. When the county schools are closed, we will not have Lego Club. If unsure, please call the library or visit our Facebook page for updates before coming to Lego Club. Your safety is our concern!**

S.T.E.A.M. Saturdays

Welcome to our new S.T.E.A.M. Saturdays!

We offer S.T.E.A.M. Saturdays at both libraries! Children in grades 2nd to 5th (although older kids are welcome too!) are invited to join us at 10 am on the second Saturday of each month at Gray Branch and the fourth Saturday of each month at Jonesborough.

We will begin our programming in November

STEAM means creating opportunities for children to explore and experiment. A program on a well-loved chapter book is great, and topics such as railroads and bridges are reliably popular among young patrons. But what about a program demonstrating that bridges aren’t just the roadway extensions we take for granted? What if that program covered different types of bridges, along with video footage of a bridge collapsing, and a hands-on opportunity for kids to build bridges from dried pasta and then test their strength? Suddenly kids are deeply engaged—and curious. They genuinely don’t know what will happen to the materials in front of them, but they want to find out. They leave the program with more knowledge and interest than they might have had if they’d just read about bridges. That’s the power of STEAM: To bring together all the facets of the things we find interesting in the world in a way that’s tactile and packs educational punch.

Themes coming soon!

**Occasionally snow or inclement weather will force us to close and we will not have S.T.E.A.M Saturdays. If unsure, please call the library or visit our Facebook page for updates before coming to S.T.E.A.M. Your safety is our concern!**

Tail Waggin’ Tutor 

Welcome to your four-legged reading tutor!

There are multiple 15 minute appointments available at the Jonesborough Library, and two dogs to choose from! Appointments are made on a first come-first serve basis.

Tail Waggin’ Tutor is designed to help and promote the reading skills of children who struggle to read or are not at the appropriate reading level for their age. Children read aloud to a certified, trained therapy dog in a one-on-one setting with the dog and it’s handler.

While we may have the best intentions while helping children to read, sometimes we are too quick to try to correct them if they stumble over a word, or try to hurry them if they are reading slowly. This creates “reading anxiety”, and will often discourage them from reading on their own or will cause them to become uncomfortable in the school setting. These therapy dogs allow children to read at their own pace and attempt to figure words out on their own, without pressure or judgement. If the child is truly struggling, the handler gently guides and assists until the child is confident enough to continue reading.

Dogs and other animals are becoming more standard in therapeutic settings as they offer unconditional love, patience, and comfort. We have witnessed children become more confidant in their reading skills over time in our TWT program.  

Meet our Tutors:

  

**Occasionally snow or inclement weather will force the closure of Washington County Schools. When the county schools are closed, we will not have Tail Waggin’ Tutors. If unsure, please call the library or visit our Facebook page for updates before coming to Tail Waggin’ Tutors. Your safety is our concern!**

Jr. Book Group 

Welcome to the Jr. (Just Right!) Book Group!

This is a book group open to all children in grades 3rd-5th. 

We will meet each month at both libraries at 4 pm. We will meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Gray Branch, and the third Wednesday of each month at Jonesborough. Children are welcome to participate in either group or come to both! Drinks and snacks will be provided at each meeting.

Our upcoming books are:

   

**Occasionally snow or inclement weather will force the closure of Washington County Schools. When the county schools are closed, we will not have Jr. Book Group. If unsure, please call the library or visit our Facebook page for updates before coming to Jr. Book Group. Your safety is our concern!**

Home School Day 

Welcome to your Home School Day at the Library!

This is your home schooled child’s favorite day!  *wink, wink* 

We are excited to bring our Home School Day programming back to the libraries. We are currently working on our schedule and will post it soon!

Our fall programming kicks off at the Gray Branch Library on Thursday, September 14th at 4pm with “Game Day”

We are currently looking for volunteers to help develop and assist with our programs. If this looks like an opportunity for you, please contact our Children’s Programmer, Ms. Jaden.

Be sure to check out our Marvelous Readers Book Group! Designed for home schoolers grades 4-6

   

**Occasionally snow or inclement weather will force the closure of Washington County Schools. When the county schools are closed, we will not have Home School Day. If unsure, please call the library or visit our Facebook page for updates before coming to Home School Day. Your safety is our concern!**

Marvelous Readers 

Welcome to the Marvelous Readers Home School Book Group!

This is a book group open to all Home School children in grades 4th-6th. 

The group meets twice each month at the Jonesborough Library. Students are encouraged to begin reading or have read about half of the book by the first meeting. They will discuss what they have read so far and hopefully inspire any struggling or resistant readers to continue to read to the best of their abilities. By the second meeting, students are encouraged have completed the book or have read a majority of it. They will discuss the book again, and then have the opportunity to do fun themed activities!

Our upcoming books are:

   

**Occasionally snow or inclement weather will force the closure of Washington County Schools. When the county schools are closed, we will not have Marvelous Readers. If unsure, please call the library or visit our Facebook page for updates before coming to Marvelous Readers. Your safety is our concern!**

Winter Reading Challenge

Coming Soon in 2018!

Children’s Summer Reading

Coming Soon in 2018!

For Children aged 18 months – 5th grade

This years Summer Reading Program theme was “Build A Better World”. We look forward to seeing you next year for our Music themed programming!

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That’s not all! 

Children’s Programming always has something going on!  From our annual poetry contest for school aged children to our Family Reading Night every spring, you can always find something to get excited about!  And of course, every year we celebrate reading all summer long with our Children’s Summer Reading Program!  Check our Facebook page for more information about special upcoming events!  

All children’s programming is sponsored by the Washington County Friends of the Library.