Youth Services Programs
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.
Weekly Storytime Programs
We have a very active weekly Storytime program which offers programs for children from infants through preschool. Please select a class based on your child’s age as of September 12, 2017.
Books & Babies is an introduction to the library for infants and toddlers who are 0-23 months old as of 9/12/17 and their adult caregiver. This “lapsit” program includes stories, songs, rhymes, playtime, and child development & literacy information for caregivers. Participants are welcome to stay and play in the Children’s Area at the conclusion of each session. We meet the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 10:00 am, beginning on 9/15/17 (no class 5/4/2018). No registration is required for this program.
Terrific Twos is for children who are 2 years of age as of 9/12/17 and their caregiver. The program includes stories, songs, rhymes, and movement based on a weekly theme. This is one of our most popular classes, and is offered on Thursdays at 10:30 am. Registration is required.
Preschool Storytime is for children ages 3-6 years old as of 9/12/2017. Join us as we listen to fun stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, and do a craft based on a different theme each week. Preschool Storytime is offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm. Registration is required.
Move & Groove Storytime is our newest Storytime program! Although this program is geared for a preschool audience, it is open to all ages and abilities. Move & Groove Storytime is a highly interactive storytime which includes stories, songs, rhyme, movement, and play. No registration is required—just join us for the fun!
Welcome to Cruise Into Kindergarten Play & Learn Storytime, our new program designed to help foster early learning and school readiness! Each monthly session offers a special storytime and group learning experiences, followed by activity stations that will help with pre-reading & pre-writing skills, vocabulary building, letter & number recognition and more—all in a fun and playful way! For children ages 4-6 who are currently enrolled in kindergarten, or will be attending kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year. Registration is required (available online).
There’s always something going on in Youth Services! Each month, we include new evening and weekend programs for families and students in grades K-5, plus special opportunities for programs afterschool and during school holidays. Check our Events Calendar for our most current program offerings. Many programs now offer online registration!
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 12th to guide our program age levels. For example, if your child turned 2 on August 13th, 2017, then your child would register for the Terrific Twos Storytime program. If your child turned two on October 3, 2017, 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. Residents of Lower Macungie Township and Alburtis Borough may register for programs 3 weeks prior to the start date. Open Registration for the general public is available 1 week prior to the start date.
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.