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School has started, summer is winding down, and everyone is getting back into a routine. Hopefully that routine includes an occasional trip to the library.
The library is a great place to go for any age. There is a wonderful new teen section that everyone should check out, and the children’s department is set up to serve babies, preschoolers and school-aged children.
The children’s department has a lot to offer. We are constantly tweaking our programs to better serve patrons. Most of our regular programs are still around, such as story times, the American Girl Club and Super Scientists. We are also adding three new monthly programs:
Tiny Tales, a Saturday story time with crafts for 1- and 2-year-olds.
Kinect Kids, a program for kids in kindergarten through third grade who will get the chance to play some of our new games on the Xbox Kinect.
Girls With Game is another program using the Xbox Kinect, this one for girls in Grades 4-6.
Boys in Grades 4-6 are welcome to join in for the returning program, Get Kinected, also monthly.
Don’t forget that all of our children’s programs are free but do require registration. Registration normally begins on the 15th of the month prior to the program. You can call, come in or go online to sign up.
My favorite part of the library is the books. Don’t know what to read next and want a recommendation? We are here to help you. We have a whole display of read-alike lists.
Love “Harry Potter,” “Percy Jackson” or “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”? We have lists for those.
Looking for books you can read to your preschooler to learn the A-B-C’s or 1-2-3’s? Yup, there is a list for that, too.
Don’t see a list that suits your needs? Stop at the desk. Just tell us a few books you have read and liked or even a type of book that you enjoy, and we will be able to send you home with a whole stack of books to read.
If you need new Accelerated Reader books, come to the library. We have Accelerated Reading books that your school library may not own. We will be happy to show you how to look them up. We have a lot of other books that your reluctant reader might also be searching for.
There is so much more that you can do in the Children’s Department. Come on down for a quiet place to study, do homework or read a book.
Hop on the computer to type up a report or do research on the Internet.
Play an educational game on our touch-screen computers. We have blocks and puzzles for the younger kids to play with. Don’t forget to stop by and say “hi” to our tortoise, Bartholomew, before you leave.
Valerie Baute is a library assistant in Children’s Services at the Bartholomew Public Library.
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