Monday Afternoons 4:00 – 5:00 PM
A fun and relaxing way to practice the skill of reading: Children can read aloud with a furry pal and get a furry hug!
Benefits of Reading with a Dog:
- Non-judgmental audience
- Relaxing, low pressure setting
- Positive experience with reading
- Builds confidence & reading skills
Call ahead to reserve a 10 minute reading session with Mattie or just drop on by. The Library uses Registered Therapy Dogs from Therapy Dogs International.
Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers – Early and Emergent Literacy Program
Books • Rhymes • Crafts • Music • Movement
Join us as we celebrate and promote early and emergent literacy at the Transylvania County Library.
Tuesday Hullabaloo time schedule:
10:00 – 10:30 Squirm & Toddle for ages birth through 2
10:30 – 11:00 Crafty Kids for ages 2 – 5
11:00 – 11:30 Preschool Storytime for ages 3 – 5
Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, their speech and language skills become increasingly more complex. During early speech and language development, children learn skills that are important to the development of literacy (reading and writing). This stage, known as emergent literacy, begins at birth and continues through the preschool years.
From birth, babies listen to language patterns in everyday speech, as well as in rhyming, chanting, and singing – all of these play an important part in literacy development. As they develop, children see and interact with print in everyday situations. In everything from books and magazines to grocery lists, whether at home or in preschool, they are (and should be) encountering language in print well before they start elementary school.
Parents can see their child’s growing appreciation and enjoyment of print as he or she begins to recognize words that rhyme, to scribble with crayons, to point out street signs and symbols, and to name some letters of the alphabet. Gradually, children combine what they know about speaking and listening with what they know about print and become ready to learn to read and write.
That’s what Tuesday Hullabaloo! at the library is all about. Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, in all stages of development are welcome to our morning of celebration. Ages listed are typical ranges for the group activities. We realize that there will be some individual variance and we ask that you pay attention to your child’s signals to know what he/she is ready for, or ask us if you are not sure.
Summer Reading Program registration for youth begins on June 7th and ends August 22nd. Come to the Library to pick up your reading log and begin reading all through the summer to earn great prizes! We have three youth programs to choose from: Babies (birth-2 years), Kids (3-11), and Teens (12-18).
How It Works:
- You must come to the library or bookmobile to pick up a reading/literacy log.
- Every day, complete 20 minutes of reading (or for babies, one early literacy activity and read to your child at least 10 minutes per day).
- Bring your log back to the library or bookmobile and collect your prizes.
- It’s FREE to participate.
And don’t forget about all of the great programs and activities we have for babies, kids, and teens this summer!
For printable calendars of all June/July events for kids and families click here.
Please click here for a printable calendar of June/July teen events.
For complete details of our Wednesday Family Shows and other special events and programs, visit our online events calendar.
Early Literacy Program For Children Ages Birth to 2 years and their Caregivers
Research shows that talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with your young child jump-starts your child’s communication and pre-reading skills.
Do fun activities from the back of the literacy log like scribbling, dancing, walk & talks, and pretend play to earn prizes.
Earn Prizes for reading & completing literacy activities with your child
5 activities + 5 days of reading = crayons
10 activities + 10 days of reading= rubber ducky
15 activities + 15 days of reading= set of maracas
20 activities + 20 days of reading= brand new board book
Kids Summer Reading Program (Ages 3-11)
Kids who engage in reading over the summer are more likely to retain their academic skills and avoid the “summer slide.” Pre-readers can count time that someone reads to them for at least 20 minutes each day.
You’ll earn a prize for every 7 days of reading:
First 7 Days of reading: bookmark & temporary tattoo or sticker
14 Days of reading: pencil
21 Days of reading: book bag
28 Days of reading: We take your photo and put it on your “star” on a display board at the Library
35 Days of reading: Choose a brand new paperback book to keep
42 Days of reading: Choose a 2nd brand new paperback book to keep
49 Days of reading: We print your name in an Honorary Library Book!
Teen Summer Reading Program
Teens who engage in reading over the summer are more likely to retain their academic skills and avoid the “summer slide.”
You can start earning prizes after 7 days of reading:
For every 7 days of reading you get an entry into our end-of-summer drawing for a new Kindle Fire 7 or Kindle Fire HD 8!
7 Days — one entry in drawing
14 Days — one entry in drawing
21 Days — one entry in drawing
28 Days — one entry in drawing
35 Days — one entry in drawing & your choice of a new paperback book
42 Days — one entry in drawing & your choice of a new paperback book
49 Days — one entry in drawing & your name in an Honorary Library Book