Early Learning Resources

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The Children’s Area at our library is full of resources to support early learning and literacy. In this area dedicated to little ones and their caregivers you will find:

  • Hundreds of books: board books, beginners and early reading.
  • Three AWE computer stations: The Early Literacy Stations™ are loaded with over 65 educational software titles for kids ages 2–8, offering children a safe, standalone computer not connected to the Internet that is age-appropriate, engaging, and academically relevant for children. It is designed to support school readiness and technology access while making learning exciting and engaging. The software covers seven curricular areas: reading, math, science, social studies, writing, arts and music, and reference. The system is designed to attract and educate toddlers through early elementary school ages. Many of the software programs contain disguised learning activities that expand the child’s experience through games and extension activities.
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: this this family reading project for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is a great way to help families prepare their preschoolers for later reading success. Experts believe that children need to have 1,000 books read to them before they start kindergarten. If you read 3 books to your child in one year, you will have read 1,095 books, and reading 10 books a week for 2 years, you will have read 1,040 books! Siblings, grandparents, caregivers can all get in on the action. Ask a staff member at the front desk for more information.
  • Puzzles to take home: lacing cards, giant floor puzzles, themed wooden puzzles.
  • Playaway Launchpads: Part of the Skills for School project, these devices come preloaded with high-quality add-free learning apps. Click here to find out more!
  • Skills for Schools Backpacks to checkout: we have 8 colorful backpacks from which to choose, each containing themed educational materials including ABCs and Colors, Numbers and Shapes, Patterns and Sequencing, Social Skills, Health and Safety. These items were funded by the “Skills for School” project grant from the Clarence Schock Foundation. The backpacks are located in the children’s area and are available for 1-week checkout periods, one per family.
  • Wee Build Sets: These building materials offer children an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building.  Playing is no idle pastime, and research shows that play helps children develop these skills: social-emotional (cooperation, self-confidence, initiative); physical development (eye-hand coordination, hand manipulation); mathematics (shape, classification, order, size, space); science (gravity, weight, balance, trial and error); language arts (exchange of ideas and telling  stories about what they are building); and art (patterns, symmetry). These sets are made possible by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant.
  • The Village Shop: helps build social skills (sharing and taking turns), math skills (counting and sorting), and will promote healthy eating habits.
  • The Children’s Area also offers: children’s magazines, audiobooks, books w/cds, and DVDs.
  • Books in Spanish
  • Parenting Collection: we offer books, CDs, and DVDs regarding a variety of topics ranging from specials needs to bullying to the arts to raising families.
The Library has a variety of early learning resources for checkout.
The Library has a variety of early learning resources for checkout.