The Youth Services staff has planned many exciting programs for various age groups to encourage children to develop a love of reading. Children will benefit most from attending the program appropriate for their own age. Please attend the program that corresponds to your child’s age. If a program requires registration please call 423-434-4458.
Programs for Children 1 – 5 years old
Mother Goose Time
One-year-old children will enjoy fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, and books with a parent or guardian. There will be an opportunity to share board books and socialize after the storytime. This program is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m in September. The next session will be in November. Space is limited. Registration is required.
This twenty-minute storytime is for children who are two years old. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian hear stories and participate in songs, fingerplays, and flannelboard activities. This program is offered every week at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays from September 3 – December 18. Parental participation is encouraged. Registration is not required. No Storytimes the week of October 26.
Children ages three to five are invited to attend this half-hour program to listen to stories and participate in songs and fingerplays. This program is offered each week on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Registration is not required. No Storytimes the week of October 26.
Children three to six years old may attend this thirty-minute program to enjoy stories and music before bedtime. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal. This program is offered on the following Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m.: September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, and November 3 & 17.
Sensory Play Day
Children 24 months and younger can join in for creative play Tuesday, September 30 in the Jones meeting Room. Everyday materials will be provided for children to touch, explore, and experience. Drop in any time from 9:30-11:00 a.m. to participate. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this parent/child interactive event. No registration is required. Please, no older siblings.
Halloween Preschool Party
Children will enjoy a special Halloween program followed by a craft time. This program will be Thursday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. Please pre-register to give us an idea of how many will attend.
Programs for School Aged Children
Children in second through fifth grade may join us as we revisit the time period of each American Girl book series. The programs are from 4:00-5:00 pm on the following Thursdays: September 11 – Kaya, October 9 – Felicity, November 13 – Caroline, and December 11 – Josephina. Children are encouraged to read the books before each program. Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 for each date.
Around the World
Children in second through fifth grade may come with us as we “visit” three different countries this fall to learn a little about their cultures. Choose a country or come to all! Each program is from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room on the following Tuesdays, October 21 – Canada, November 18 – New Zealand, December 16 – Japan. Please pre-register by calling 434-4458 for each date.
Whovians in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join us on Tuesday, September 30 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. for wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey activities and snacks. Come dressed as your favorite Doctor Who character and participate in the costume contest! Please call 434-4458 to register for this program.
Lego® at the Library
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade may join us for Lego® building programs once a month. This program meets in the Jones Meeting Room at 4:00-5:00 p.m. on the following Mondays: September 8, October 27, November 24, and December 15. Registration is not required.
Pollinator Partner Kids Club
Children in second through sixth grade can join the club and participate the first Saturday each month at 1:00-2:30 p.m. with fun science and art activities. this program is offered through a partnership with ETSU Downtown. We will learn about a different pollinator each month. Mark your calendars and call 434-4458 to pre-register. September 6 – Butterflies, October 4 – Bats, November 1 – Bees, December 6 – Celebration.
The JCPL is part of this nationally known program that enhances children’s literacy through the assistance of registered therapy dogs. Children may register to read to a dog beginning at 11:30 a.m. for a 15 minute time slot on Saturdays, September 20, October 18, November 15, and December 20. Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 for each date.
Children in early elementary listen to stories and make a craft pertaining to the story. This program will meet at 4:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: September 4, October 2, November 20, and December 4. Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 for each date.
Tale to Tail
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade may read to a trained listening dog, in the Storytime Room every Monday beginning at 4:00 p.m. This is great for those who don’t like to read orally, have low reading self-esteem, or just love dogs. Please pre-register by calling 423-434-4458 to reserve your 15 minute time slot.
Special Programs for School Aged Children
Book Discussion Group
We will be discussing Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling on October 14 at 4:00 p.m. Children in third – fifth grade who register will receive a free book for attending the program. Please call 434-4458 to pre-register for the program.
Children in kindergarten – fifth grade will enjoy special Halloween activities consisting of games, crafts, a costume contest, and creepy snacks. This program will be Thursday, October 30 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. Please call 423-434-4458 to pre-register.