Children’s Services

The Children’s Summer Reading Program is our annual summer program for children aged 18 months – 5th grade. Children can participate by attending programs and submitting reading logs, as well as other fun activities!

This year’s theme is Space: A Universe of Stories! Registration for the program is now open, and programs will be held at both libraries throughout June and July, concluding with a meet-up at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium open to everyone!

Register for CSRP by visiting either library or filling out the form online: CHILDRENS REGISTRATION

Stop by the library to pick up your Galactic Passport and Reading Logs! You can also view and print them here: 

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Be sure to bring your Passport with you every time you visit the library or turn in Reading Logs to get a sticker from the library staff to mark your milestones! Each completed Reading Log is 5 hours. 

5 Hours “Star Catcher” – Reading Certificate

10 Hours “Moon Walker” –  Free Book

15 Hours “Comet Cruiser” –  Special Surprise from a local business

20 Hours “Rocket Rider” – Space Snack Treat

25 Hours “NASA Navigator” – Free Invitation for Park Admission and Planetarium Show at Bays Mountain on Wednesday, July 24

** All Reading Logs are due by Friday, July 12 **

Program Finale

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 we are having a MEET-UP at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium. This is a public venue and ANYONE may come and meet us there. There is a per vehicle admission, but the animal exhibits are free. Additional costs include Planetarium shows, wolf shows, barge rides, etc. It is also a great place to bring a picnic lunch. Most paths are paved and stroller accessible.

For more information on the park go to: www.baysmountain.com

The children that have earned NASA NAVIGATOR by reading/listening 25 hours or more will receive an invitation for: 1 VEHICLE ADMISSION TO THE PARK, PLANETARIUM SHOW for the child and ONE adult (only one additional infant on lap permitted), and open air WOLF SHOW. Times of Planetarium Show and Wolf Show to be announced. Ticket holders will also need to confirm closer to the date to help with planning. Event is rain or shine.

 

Storytime is currently on summer break! We will see you again in the fall!

 

Storytime is an opportunity for children and their adults to come together for stories, songs, crafts, and more. The program promotes language and vocabulary development while enhancing comprehension and cognitive skills as well as positive social interactions.

Storytimes are Tuesday mornings in Jonesborough and Thursday mornings at the Gray Branch.

Toddler Storytime (18 –35 mos) is at 9:30 am and usually lasts about 20 min.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 yrs.) is at 10:15 am and usually lasts about 40 min.

Music Morning is currently on summer break! We will see you again in the fall!

 

Infants through age 7 are welcome to come and enjoy music through dance, song, and instruments. We explore sounds, rhythm, rhyme, movement, and large motor skills.

Jonesborough meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am and Gray meets on the second Monday of each month, also at 10:00 am.

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:

The Children’s Winter Reading Challenge begins in January and ends in February for kids through 5th grade. Top readers (and listeners) have the opportunity to earn prizes every week by turning in Reading Logs and Bingo Sheets.

Bingo Sheets will encourage readers (and listeners) to explore different genres and new things at the library! All Reading Logs will also be entered for the Grand Prize Winter Themed Tote Bag full of prizes and a gift card to Barnes and Noble!

Fun filled craft kits will also be available to take home for those snowy days spent indoors!