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Our doors may be closed because of COVID-19, but we still want to hold as many online programs as we can!

Please click here for more on our 2020 Summer Reading Program

You can find Baby Rhyme Times and Preschool Storytimes online by clicking those links. Also keep watching our Facebook page for more program announcements, fun resources and videos, and great activities for kids.

We hope to see you online and hear about how you’re doing! Stay tuned for more information and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Below is a list of our normal programming prior to COVID-19 - we do not anticipate hosting programs in the library until August 2020, but we will update our website and Facebook pages if this changes. 

Children's Preschool Storytimes - Meeting January-May & September-November

  • Stories, crafts, and special guests designed for preschool children ages 4-5. (Storytimes do NOT meet December, but will be back in January!) 
  •  "Movement and Music" class. Designed for children ages 2-3, this program uses rhymes and songs to help toddlers develop pre-literacy skills while wiggling and dancing.(Storytimes do NOT meet December, but will be back in January!) 

Baby Storytimes - Meeting January-May & September-November

  • Baby songs, stories, giggles, and rhymes for children 2 years and under with their caregivers.(Storytimes do NOT meet June-August and December.)

Other Children's Events:

  • Homeschool Book Club -- Designed for homeschooled (or non-traditionally-schooled) kids ages 7-11. In this book club, we will discuss one book each month and create a craft or activity related to the month's book. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate along with their child(ren). If you plan to participate, please contact our children's librarian, Laura McGuire.
  • Books with Buddy – Children of all ages are invited to read with one of our certified therapy dogs!

Homework Assistance

The AfterSchool Edge™, designed for elementary school children ages 6-12, is the perfect companion to the Early Literacy Station™ at your library. With 70+ top-rated educational multi-curricular titles designed for an older age group, it is ideal for enrichment, intervention, homework help and skill reinforcement.

Both the AfterSchool Edge and the Early Literacy Station are available to parents and tutors in the Children's Room.

Below you will find some external resources and links that we hope will be helpful.


Education and Learning
Find educational guides that can serve as a useful reference or as “homework help” for any students out there.

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative which aims to spark and celebrate your child's ideas.

This site lists each year's Battle of the Books lists.

Search Engines
Tons of helpful and entertaining web resources.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Encyclopedia.com has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.

Definitions of thousands of words and games and links for word lovers.

Access articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia.

Online dictionary containing over 260,000 entries, the main source being American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.

Look up words in the student dictionary, build your own dictionary, read about the daily buzzword, and play games.

Online Safety
Tips for kids and parents on internet safety as well as an interactive educational game, Carnegie Cadets!

An interactive tutorial for students by the FBI; ideal tool to incorporate into internet safety education.

Online safety guide, tools for families, ways to report trouble, and websites for kids.

Lists several sites to help you navigate the Internet with your child

Rules for online safety, guidelines for parents, and information about filtering software.

This site is dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.

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