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 ALL ABOUT STORYTIME

Hen reading book to chicks - Storytime LogoStorytime is for children ages 3 - 5 years of age. Usually, the child(ren) attends without an accompanying adult in the room to help foster independence in a safe environment. However, if the child wants or requires their adult to be present, that is fine too. 

Storytime usually lasts approximately 1/2 hour and consists of stories, songs, games, and a take-home craft kit.

It is important that the child be 3 years of age before attending Storytime because of the level of the activities. By the same token, children who are older than 5 will be beyond the level of the activities and be bored. You may register for storytime anytime during this session after your child has turned 3 years old.

Storytime will meet every other week during the school year and has a short summer session.  Storytime will not be held during school holidays or emergency days, such as snow days or other unexpected closures.

Storytime does require sign-up. This way adequate materials are available at craft time. You may register online, by phone (385-4540), or at the front desk.

 


ALL ABOUT TODDLER TIME

ToddlerTime LOGOToddlerTime Storytime is for children 18 months - 36 months of age and a parent or caregiver. ToddlerTime will include stories, songs, and action rhymes but no crafts. It generally lasts 20 minutes.

ToddlerTime will meet every other week during the school year. ToddlerTime will not be held during school holidays or emergency days, such as snow days or other unexpected closures. ToddlerTime does not require sign-up. Drop-ins are welcome. Join us anytime during this session after your child has turned 18 months. 

 

Upon turning 3 years of age register your child for Storytime to continue age-appropriate fun!

Watch our website's kids calendar, Facebook page, and other social media for other age-appropriate programs as they pop up.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

The LME Library is trying to offer monthly volunteer opportunities to local teens.
If you would like more information or to volunteer please contact Anita Routh
at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 309-385-4540.

Currently, we do not have any opportunities available.
Check back on this page over the summer for more potential volunteer requests.

 


Updated Feb. 10, 2022

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000books1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. 

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

It is an initiative to get parents and caregivers to read to the babies, toddlers, and Pre-K age children in their lives. Reading to a child is great way to bond and create warm memories together. It fosters a fondness for books that can last a lifetime. Early successful language activities, such as sharing stories, contribute to the prevention of reading difficulties in school.  to 

How do we participate?

Parents/caregivers can register online and log their books online using the free ReaderZone app (enter participation code 1b62d) or signup at the LME Library and pick up a reading packet. You can log the same book more than once and if you read to multiple children, it can be logged for all of them.

Each time you read 100 books to your child(ren), show us your ReaderZone achievement screen or bring your log to the library for their reward.

  1. At 100 - 400 you get to write your name on a sticker and add it to the growing participant tree.
  2. At 500 you add to the tree and get to choose a book to keep from a special collection.
  3. 600-900 continue to add to the tree.
  4. 1,000 you add to the tree, receive an achievement certificate, and get an invite to the yearly 1,000 Book Challenge party!

Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years.

booksThe 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple and manageable endeavor. Read a book (any book) to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten. If one book a night is read, that equates to 365 books a year. In 3 years, more than 1,000 books will be shared. Participants track their books using the free ReaderZone app or a log folder from the library. Log sheets are available here if you wish to print them at home. Each time you read 100 books to your child(ren), show us your ReaderZone achievement screen or bring your log to the library for your reward. Parents can also include readings by others, such as grandparents or siblings, in the child’s reading log. If you read to multiple children at once that book can be logged in all their logs. Children who complete the 1,000 books challenge are invited to an annual party!

mom and baby croppedReading to your child is a great way to bond and create warm memories together. It fosters a fondness for books that can last a lifetime. Early successful language activities, such as sharing stories, contribute to the prevention of reading difficulties in school.

A home life that includes positive experiences with reading and the library ensures positive attitudes for reading once in school. The experiences with talking and listening during preschool years, such as when a parent and child read together, help prepare the child to master reading and writing skills in the early elementary school years. Reading has long been associated as an early indicator of academic success.

For more information about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, call the library at 309-385-4540.

Web Pages for Kids

Ask Kids logo
Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It's a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that's safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.


IPL2 For Kids Search Logo
IPL2 For Kids - The Internet can be an overwhelming place if you’re a kid. Trying to find age-appropriate information that is reliable can be challenging. Fortunately there is the For Kids section of ipl2. From story time to homework to games & puzzles, each website is evaluated by librarians providing quality information you can trust.


 Kids Click logo
KidsClick is owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University. KIDSCLICK! is not an Internet filter, but rather links to sites that kids (grades K-7) will find entertaining or enlightening.


 The Association for Library Service to Children logo 
The Association for Library Service to Children has developed this site as part of its ongoing commitment to providing children with positive learning experiences. This list of great web sites for kids separated by subjects into Animals, History & Biography, the Arts, Literature & Language, Sciences, Mathematics & Computers and  more.


  
Yahoo! Kids is a browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites for kids. Each site has been carefully checked by an experienced educator to ensure the content and links are appropriate for kids aged 7-12. In addition, there is also a number of fun features, including Yahoo! Kids Games, Sports, and News pages, Movies, Animals, Science, and Dinosaurs, a Reference section, Parents' and Teachers' Guides, a Cool page, and lots more.

 

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