Early Childhood - SUMMER READING
Area preschoolers and their parents will have the opportunity to participate in their own version of the 2013 Collaborative Summer Library Program. The Sign-up Period is from Tuesday, May 26 to Saturday, June 10 in the Children's Room of the library during regular library hours (You may sign up at any time during the program; it's just very helpful to staff if most of you sign up during this 2 week time period).
This summer's program is "Dig Into Reading!" and will relate, loosely, to the statewide summer program theme for elementary-age children. The stories, finger plays, songs, and other activities that we will experience during the Parent/Child LapSits, Saturday's Child Story Hour, Preschool Story Hours and Babies and Books will piggyback off from this theme whenever it is possible to do so.
The program will feature early literacy tips for you to do with your child, a bit of record-keeping and our Babies and Books, Parent/Child LapSit, Saturday's Child and Preschool Story Hour programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. You may download the schedules for these programs where each is discussed below. We will also hold a couple of Evening Special events including: "Ages and Stages with Mandy Peterson" and an "Every Child Ready to Read Workshop" with Ron Fowler on June 19 and July 17 respectively (Download "Specialssummer13.pdf, below for all of the details)
You'll receive a Record sheet, bookmarks, Early Literacy Activities Sheet and a sticker when you sign up. The family MUST have a Petoskey District Library card to participate in this part of the program.
Record-keeping will involve keeping track of the number of books read as well as trying 8 of those early literacy activities. You may also, if you wish, keep track of the titles that you and your child have shared. Prize bags are provided at a couple of levels for the child, as are certificates to document you and your child's achievements.
There will also be some Elementary programs on Wednesdays that your 3-5 year-olds will enjoy if they are able to handle it, developmentally speaking. That calendar will be available to download on the "KIDS" pages when it is completed.
With the exception of Babies and Books, this program will run until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.
There will also be a Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair July 26 -August 4
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File Download: ECSpecialssummer13.pdf
AGES AND STAGES with Mandy Peterson
Wednesday, June 19, 5:30p.m. Program Room, AGES AND STAGES with Mandy Peterson, Parent Support Partner, Great Parents—Great Start, Home Based Family Support who will provide information about the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), an online screening tool available for parents to learn more about child development. After a BRIEF information session, we will have computers available so that you may complete an ASQ right then and there! Mr. Ron will remain in the Program Room and entertain those of you who are waiting for their turn. You’re welcome to bring your kids if you must. This is a drop-in activity.
Babies and Books
The Petoskey District Library periodically offers a program especially for babies and Moms (or other caregivers!) during the year The program runs much like a play group and will introduce rhymes, songs and books to babies and caregivers. Materials and activities will be drawn from the Public Library Association's "Every Child Ready To Read" and the Association of Library Services to Children's "Born to Read" programs. Each program will be about twenty - thirty minutes long and will have time for caregivers and babies to read a book together.
Registration is recommended but not necessary, though drop-ins will be welcomed provided that the class is not full. There is a limit of 10 care givers and their babies for each session. Call us at the number below, email us at the address below or stop by the Youth Services Desk in Children's Room to sign up or get your questions answered.
The 2013 "Late Spring session will meet on: Wednesday 5/29, 6/5, 6/12 & 6/19 from 10:30am-11:30a.m. in the Basement Classroom of the library. Please sign up by 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 27.
The 2013 Summer session will meet for consecutive Wednesdays: 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7 & 8/14 from 10:30-11:00a.m. in the Basement Classroom. Please sign up by 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 15.
This free program will be implemented by Lisa Scholl (Ms Lisa), one of our Youth Services Librarians who has had training in the Every Child Ready to Read program of The Public Library Association (PLA), and the Born to Read" program from Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), both divisions of the American Library Association (ALA).
Please call the Children’s Services Department at 758-3112 or stop by the Youth Desk to sign-up or if you have any questions.
Download a complete Babies and Books schedule below.
File Download: babiesandbooksSpringSum13-1up.pdf
PARENT/CHILD "LAPSIT" PROGRAMS
The summer session will begin again on Monday, June 10 in conjunction with our Early Childhood Summer program and run through July 25. The Parent/Child LapSits continue to meet on Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.We will take August and part of September off. Look for us to "reboot" our LapSit programs mid-September.
The Parent/Child Lap Sits and last about 30-45 minutes. Parent or Caregivers need to bring the child and sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songs (accompanied by banjo and ukulele), finger plays, flannel board presentations and a weekly visit from Puff the Magic Dragon.
Generally, block your time for an hour for parking purposes. We meet in the Children's Program Room. We will NOT meet when the Petoskey schools are closed! (This policy applies only to morning programs, watch for enews, look here or call to see if afternoon and evening programs have been cancelled).
These programs are targeted at children 18 months to three years old, but younger children will enjoy the activities to varying degrees as well. Information about parenting, literacy and other family related subjects will be shared periodically during the program. Due to the developmental needs of these age groups, siblings are discouraged from attending if at all possible. However, nobody will be turned away if bringing a sibling is the only way for a child to attend. Toys should not be brought to the program either. This is a “drop-in” program and no sign-up is required.
File Download: 173a-1thirdpgStHrSumr13-1up.pdf
"Saturday's Child" Story Time
EVERY SATURDAY THROUGH JULY 20!
There will be no charge or registration and younger or older siblings are always welcome if you have no other choices.
File Download: 1thirdpgStHrSumr13-1up.pdf
Preschool Story Hour
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Download a complete schedule of summer storytimes below!
File Download: 864a-1thirdpgStHrSumr13-1up.pdf
READ-TO-ME Electronic Wall-of-Fame
Level 1: 20 Books
Level 2: 32 Books and 8 Early Literacy Activities
The Petoskey District Library is a partner in the Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and North Antrim Counties under the umbrella of the CharEm Intermediate School District.
For more information, visit our area Great Start Web Site at the url below or stop in the Children's Room at the library to pick up a copy of the Great Start brochure and other materials.updated 2/27/12
DOLLY PARTON IMAGINATION LIBRARYThe Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides a free, hard-cover, age- appropriate book per month to children from birth to age 5. The program is free to all kids birth – age 5 who live in Charlevoix or Emmet Counties or who participate in a pre-school program but live in an adjacent county. The books are mailed each month directly to the child at his or her home. There is no income eligibility. The program is free to all children regardless of ability to pay.
You may enroll your child online here or get a brochure in the Children's Room at the library. Visit the Char-Em United Way web site for more details.
Launch Week for the program is August 19-25. Readings of "the Little Engine That Could" will be read at various locations. On Thursday, August 23, at 10:30 am, Mr Ron will offer one of these readings in the Children'sProgram Room.
Brain Development, You and Your Child
Advancements in technology over the past 20 years have allowed us to study the human brain and its development in ways we could only have imagined 30 years ago. One of the significant things that we have learned is how IMPORTANT the birth through five years are to learning of all kinds, but particularly that related to language and math, in the later years.
Listed below are some web sites that explain how the brain develops in early childhood and what kinds of things that we can do (and not do) to help that process. Some also have links to other excellent sites that are not included below; check them as well. Enjoy the ride...it's pretty amazing!
The Secret Life of the Brain a PBS special.
Brain: Our Sense of Self is a curriculum supplement of grades 7-8 from the National Institute of Health.
Zero to Three; LOTS of resources for parents and presented in an easy to understand way.
Tufts University Family Web Guide - Links to other great sites, click on "Typical Child Development."
Brainy Child.com is here to help you to gain the latest updates on
child brain development,
early child development, child development research,
nutritional advice for
infant brain development, and brain building
toys/games reviews. Brainy-child is providing a
newsletter that you can subscribe for FREE.
New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development.
Jumpstart's Read for the Record for encouraging brain growth with reading.
Links checked: 4/5/2011
- Internet Public Library - Fun Stuff for Preschoolers
- Zero to Three Organization's Young Explorers Page
- I Am Your Child ORGANIZATION
- PBS KIDS (Arthur, Barney, Between the Lions, Callilou, Clifford, Dragon Tales, Jay Jay, Mister Rogers, Sagwa, Teletubbies, Zoboomafoo and Zoom)
- PBS Kids - Games
PBS PARENTS Here you'll find information about your child's development from birth through the early school years. And you'll find lots of fun educational activities for your children to help get them ready for school.
- Children's Literature Web Guide
- Curious George
- Perpetual Preschool
- PITC The Program for Infant Toddler Care seeks to ensure that America's infants get a safe, healthy, emotionally secure and intellectually rich start in life. Its three pronged mission is to
- increase the availability and quality of child care for all children under age three;
- disseminate information that increases the practice of responsive, respectful and relationship based infant toddler care; and
- SparkAction - SparkAction's site and e-newsletters are your one-stop shop for news and tools to make a difference in the lives of children and youth. We gather, synthesize and promote the best information on a range of child and youth issues across the development spectrum, from organizations and leaders across the country.
- Children's Partnership
- Pizza Hut's BookIt Program's Preschool page (RED Zone)
- Great Start for Kids
- JumpStart is a magical online world packed with friends, games and adventures! From training dragons to exploring lost islands, JumpStart.com includes thousands of games and activities for kids ages 3-12
- Speakaboos brings classic children's entertainment into a digital world. Beloved characters and treasured stories are given new life through amazing celebrity performances, beautiful illustrations, and original music. At Speakaboos, children develop literacy skills while learning about technology in a safe and fun environment.
- Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. An educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information they need to take care of their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.
- Raising A Reader is a national nonprofit organization offering local agencies an evidence-based early literacy and parent engagement program that has been proven to improve the reading readiness skills of children ages 0-5.
- Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings, from astronomy and space to zoos and aquariums, from games and entertainment to geography and maps. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers. Compiled by the ALSC Division of the American Library Association.
- A Place of Our Own - is aimed at child caregivers including parents, grandparents, daycare workers, and nannies. The goal is to give child caregivers a supportive and informative place to turn for help with the important task of caring for children of their own or others.
If you love the book character Maisy, this is the website for you! When you visit this site, you can play games, read some of Maisy’s books and find out about her friends.
The Kindersite Project is a test site for preschool and Kindergarten age children. This project was founded to build an Internet-based system for preschool and Kindergarten age children, that will add to the body of research on the subjects of early-learners’ use of technology and to provide Internet-based content as an educational tool. There are activities, resources and items of interest for parents, teachers, care providers and their children.