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Programs for Children

Educational programs from the time they are born.

Babygarten: Babygarten is a lap-sit program that involves free play, songs, rhymes, and books that will help babies with language development and early literacy skills. Classes also provide an environment where parents can experience camaraderie and socialize with other parents. No registration is required.

Tot Time: Tot Time isfor parent/caregiver and child ages 2-3. This interactive program lasts approximately 45 minutes and offers stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, an introduction to the alphabet, a simple craft and play. Registration is required.

Story Time: This program isgearedfor children ages 4, 5, and 6. Parents are welcome too. Story Time offers stories, songs, rhymes, a short film, and an art activity for children. Registration is required.

Story Hour: Story Hour is offered at some of our smaller branches and is combination of Tot Time and Story Time.  Story Hour is geared for children ages 2-6. No registration is required.                           

Play and Learn: This hour-long play session is geared for parent/caregiver and children agesbirth through three. It is a great opportunity to meet other parents of young children and encourage your child to love the library from a young age. No registration is required.  

Play and Learn the Alphabet-Did you know that knowledge of alphabet letters at entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in the 10th grade? During this play session, all of our toys, games, and art activities promote letter knowledge. Parent/caregiver and children ages two to six can attend this hour long program for fun and socialization while mastering one of the most important early literacy skills. No registration is required.

After School Crafts: Make and Take Craft program for school aged children.  No registration is required.

Kids Gaming NightsKids ages 5-11 get a chance to try various games on multiple systems including Wii, X360, (with Kinect) PS3 and PS4. Games range from E to E10+.

Summer Reading Club: Children, teens, and adults can take part in this program geared to encourage reading during the summer.  Prizes are awarded and activities are scheduled.

Family Movie NightA chance for families to enjoy a movie ranging from G to PG13. You can even bring your own snacks!


Other Resources:

Adaptive Toys: Toys for special needs children can be borrowed from the Schiappa Branch.  This toy-lending program for children with disabilities is in conjunction with the Assistive Technology of Ohio.

BackpacksTheme related materials such as books, videos, and activities are enclosed in a backpack for checkout by an adult.  Intended for ages 2-12.

Workshops for adults: at the Schiappa Branch about promoting early literacy in young children

Presentations: at local community service agencies about promoting early literacy

Rotating Book Collection: circulates to local Head Start and child care agencies on a monthly basis