By Jan Pease
Mark your calendars! It’s almost time to change to the library’s fall schedule. Summer reading records may be turned in through August 31. Fall programming begins the week of September 11th and continues through December 23rd.
On Mondays Mariah will offer Makerspace. She will have a creative area set up with supplies and music, and invites students age 12 and older to come and create on the second Monday of each month. There is no need to sign up, you’re free to create and all supplies are provided.
Every Wednesday we invite toddlers and their parents or caregivers to Toddler Time from 10:15-10:45. This is a very beginning story time with singing and movement. We read one fun book.
Every Thursday, Brick Heads, our Lego building group, gets together in the large meeting room to build. Sometimes we have challenges, such as building blindfolded. Look at the Lego creations on display and marvel at the imaginations of our builders. This group is for ages 4-14, moms, dads and grandparents welcome, and we meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Beginner Book Club gathers on the third Thursday of each month. For September we are reading “Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society.” This is a collection of eleven short stories about dogs written by Betsy Byars and her daughters, Laurie Myers and Betsy Duffey. Beginner book club is for students in grades 1-3. We begin as close as we can to 3:00 and end at about 4:15.
Friday has been story hour day longer than I’ve worked here, which is a long, long time. It’s planned for children age 3 through entering Kindergarten. We start shortly after 10, and pack a lot into the hour, including movement play, singing, a craft project, and a great book. Older siblings are always welcome.
On Saturdays we’re upgrading our second Saturday story time to Saturday Fun @ the Library. We will start just after 10:00 and we will be doing all kinds of activities and projects. This library program is for all ages, but children under age seven need to have a caregiver or parent with them.
At Litchfield library, we aren’t participating in the 1000 Books before Kindergarten project. But I am involved in a program called Read Aloud.org. Our goal is encouraging every child, every parent to read aloud 15 minutes every day. Be as diligent about reading to your children as you are about brushing their teeth. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every child in our area entered Kindergarten ready to learn, and without cavities?
See you at the library!