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Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater  sslater@warrenlibrary.org     814 723-4650 x126
Children’s Room Assistant: Kelley Wood

Children’s 2024 Winter/Spring Program Schedule

Note: Preschools, daycares and/or groups of six or more are encouraged to call the Children’s Librarian to schedule a special time for your group.

Weekly Program

Toddler Time:  Mondays, 10:30 am, Children’s Department. Ages 1-5. Join Ms. Susan for stories, songs, crafts and creative play. Dates: January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

Special Events

  Wacky Scavenger Hunt: Starts Feb. 1, due by Feb. 27. Children ages 3-11 are encouraged to complete a Wacky Scavenger Hunt in the Children’s Department. As each task is completed, the title of the book or item that meets the description is to be noted on the Wacky Scavenger Hunt form; parents can write for the little ones. Scavenger Hunt forms are available on the shelf directly across from the staff desk in the Children’s Department or download one here:  Scavenger Hunt Wacky. Forms are due by February 27. However, those attending the February 28 Wacky Wednesday program (see below) can turn their form in then as winning names will be pulled at the end of the event. Prizes will be given out by the age categories of 3-5 and 6-11. One child in each age category will win a large gift basket and another in each age category will win a $25 Walmart gift card.

Wacky Wednesday: Wednesday, February 28, 4:30 pm, Children’s Department. Ages 3-10. Join Ms. Susan and Ms. Donna for some wacky fun. We will read silly stories and provide some wacky activities for the children. Preregistration appreciated but not mandatory. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department starting February 7. Winning names for the Wacky Scavenger Hunt will be drawn at the end of the program. Winners not present will be notified.

Youth Art Month Wetmore Gallery, 3rd floor, March (exact dates TBD), 2024. Talented Warren County students from Warren County School District, St. Joseph Elementary School and local homeschoolers in grades K – 12 will have teacher-selected pieces of artwork on display in celebration of Youth Art Month throughout March. Each child with art on display will receive an Art Award Certificate from their teacher at the Open House; this date is also TBD.

Make Your Own Fairy or Gnome Garden: Saturday, March 16, 11:00 am, Slater Room. For children in grades K – 8. Master Gardeners will guide children in making a fairy or gnome garden with plants and found materials. The young gardeners will use their imagination to build a fairy or gnome garden using plants, pebbles, twigs, moss and other found items. Master Gardeners will provide the supplies and the children will provide the creativity! Preregistration is mandatory. Registration form available in the Children’s Department starting February 26.

Eclipse Presentation: Thursday, March 21, Slater Room. Two opportunities to attend: 12:30 – 1:30 and 6:30 – 7:30 pm. All ages welcome. Presented by Warren resident Tom Traub.  After working with the Apollo space program, Mr. Traub worked for over 41 years at Betts Industries.  He is currently the Vice President of the Marshal Martz Memorial Astronomical Association, Inc. (MMMAA), the nonprofit organization that operates the Martz-Kohl Observatory in Frewsburg, New York. Mr. Traub will share his knowledge and help us prepare for the next total solar eclipse due to arrive on April 8. Those in attendance will receive a pair of eclipse glasses. Registration mandatory. Register online here.

Turtle’s Back and the 13 Moons: Saturday, April 27, 2:00 pm, Slater Room. Ages 3 – 11, but all are welcome. Did you know that many Native Americans look at a turtle’s back as a type of calendar representing the 13 moons of the year? Mike Morton from Sundance Kids Farm will bring some of his tortoises and talk about the legend of the 13 moons. Children will listen to a story, learn about the legend and interact with Mike’s tortoises. Preregistration appreciated but not mandatory. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department starting April 1.

National Library Week: April 7 – 13.

  • Children who attend Toddler Time on April 8 will choose a free book to keep.
  • Patron Appreciation Day is Tuesday, April 9. Stop by the Library lobby throughout the day for a tasty treat

DIY Program

Read Your Way through the Alphabet Reading Incentive: Children ages two through eleven (2-11) are encouraged to read 26 books to earn a reading medal and have their name entered into random drawings divided by age categories: ages 2 – 5 and ages 6 – 11. One child in each age category will win a gift basket and one child in each age category will win a $25 Walmart gift card. This can be accomplished by reading one book for each letter of the alphabet. How does this work? Use author names or book titles for each letter. For example, Dog Man by Dav Pilkey could count towards the letter “D”, “M”, or “P”. You can only use one book for one letter, which results in 26 different books being read. Younger children may participate because adults can record books read to their little ones. Forms are due by April 22. Read Your Way through the Alphabet forms are available on the shelf directly across from the staff desk in the Children’s Department or download one here: Read Your Way through the Alphabet 2024. All children who submit their forms will receive a medal upon submission plus their names will be entered into random drawings as noted above.

 Available All Year

1000 Books Before Kindergarten:Help put your child on the right track for kindergarten and build a solid foundation for academic success by reading early and often to your young children. The Warren Library is providing the opportunity to participate in this popular program open for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Information about this program and reading logs can be found on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page here.  When visiting the library, information and  a reading log for the first 100 books can be found on a shelf directly across from the staff desk in the Children’s Department.  Those who prefer an online method may keep track at Reader Zone. Register on their website www.readerzone.com using the program code fc392. Like apps? Download the Reader Zone app from Google Play, the App Store or Amazon by searching for “Reader Zone”; be sure to use program code fc392.

Portions of these programs are possible due to the generous donations made at the Annual Midwinter Library Fundraiser.