From lapsit storytime for infants to the Teen Advisory Board – the Youth Services department offers programs for children and teens of all ages! Read about our programs here, and then head over to our Events Calendar to see when the programs are available.
Get into the Halloween spirit by decorating a mini pumpkin as one of your favorite book characters!
We will provide a mini-pumpkin to the first 25 registered participants (ages 2 – 12th grade)- you provide the other craft supplies and creativity. (If all 25 pumpkins have been claimed, you are more than welcome to participate using a pumpkin of your own! Real or fake – it’s up to you).
Pumpkin registrations are available October 1 (10:00 am) through October 17, or until all pumpkins have been claimed. It is your responsibility to contact the library at 610-966-6864 to schedule a contactless pick-up of your pumpkin within 5 days of registration. Otherwise, the pumpkin goes back into the patch for the next person!
Photos of the completed pumpkins are due by email by Saturday, October 24th. Photos will be displayed on the library’s Facebook page October 26-30, and a winner will be announced on Halloween.
It’s time for our NEW Virtual Storytime Rooms! We are offering two different rooms this fall: Miss Johanna’s Books & Babies Storytime Room (for children 0-24 months) and Miss Lisa’s Preschool Storytime Room (for children 2-6). Miss Johanna’s room offers songs, rhymes, activities, and literacy tips for our youngest library friends – with new content twice a month (1st and 3rd Fridays). Miss Lisa’s room offers a themed storytime, activities, and Pre-K extension suggestions – all updated weekly!
Visit our Storytime Blog to see the most recent Virtual Storytime Rooms. All posted rooms will be available until the end of 2020, or until publisher’s permissions expire. The newest rooms will always be posted first, but you are able to scroll back through earlier rooms too. Enjoy the materials we’ve prepared for you – and drop us a comment to let us know you’ve visited!
Interested in playing along with us at home? Request a Virtual Storytime Play-Along Kit! Each kit comes with all the important Storytime items, like an egg shaker, scarf, glue stick, song & rhyme sheet, and more. Kits will be available to pick-up beginning Monday, September 14, 2020. Reserve your kit today (one per storytime-age child, please. Kits do contain small pieces – adult supervision is necessary).
Try our monthly Afterschool STEM Squad for kids in grades K-5. These virtual sessions meet via Zoom. Registration is required – space is limited.
General Program Information
Children’s Ages: Many of our programs feature activities intended for a specific age group, and we advertise the specific age range accepted for each program. We use the East Penn School District’s kindergarten cut-off date of September 1st to guide our program age levels. For example, if your child turned 2 on August 13th, 2019, then your child would register for the Wigglers Storytime program. If your child turned two on October 3, 2019, then your child would attend the Books & Babies Storytime program. These age guidelines are in effect for the entire school year so that our classes may grow and mature together as the year progresses.
Registration: Some programs allow for walk-in participation; however, many of our programs require advance registration. This allows us to ensure that your child has a reserved seat and materials for our program. Library staff reserves the right to limit a program to those who have preregistered. Unless otherwise noted, all registrations are available online through our Events Calendar.
Adults & Programs: All storytime programs are designed to be for both a child and adult caregiver; therefore, adults must accompany children to storytime programs. Programs for children in grades K-5 usually take place in our Youth Services program room. Children attend these programs without their adult caregiver in the room; however, an adult is required to stay in the library while the child is in the program. If your child has special needs and requires accommodations or special assistance during a program, please contact the Youth Services Director to make arrangements prior to the start of the program.
If you have questions about our Youth Services programs that are not addressed on this page, please use the contact form on the Parents page or call the library at 610-966-6864.