Put together a puzzle, watch a puppet show and show off your flair for the theatre. Open a book and transport into a world where eggs and ham taste better green, dinosaurs still walk the earth and caterpillars are always very hungry. The library has more than 200 books for kids of all ages available to check with your Richland County Public Library Card. 

What are we learning?

  • Print awareness
  • Picture/story association
  • Word sound recognition
  • Listening Skills
  • Vocabulary

 

  • Letters and letter sounds
  • Building of words and sentences
  • Sight words
  • Comprehension skills
  • Vocabulary

 

  • Comprehension and Fluency
  • Sentence structure/grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Verbal skills
  • Written skills
  • Critical thinking skills

 

  • Get comfortable and choose a book to read aloud. Point to words and pictures. Begin building the idea that reading is fun.
  • Show your child how turning pages reveals new words and pictures.
  • Sit with your child on your lap and open a book. Help them point to pictures and words, building an understanding of language.

 

  • Explain to your child that the library has books about many, many things. Show them that books are grouped by subjects and ask them to pick a book they would like to read. Get comfortable in a chair or sit on the floor and read it together!
  • Read a story of your child’s choosing. Then, use the puppets to tell the story again. Repetition is an important element in learning to love reading.
  • Show your child how the card scanner works and explain the purpose of a public library and all the things you can do and see there.

 

  • Explain to your child that the library has books about many, many things. Show them that books are grouped by subjects and ask them to pick a book they would like to read. Get comfortable in a chair or sit on the floor and read it together!
  • Encourage older children to act out stories or plays they have read in the library’s theater. 
  • After visiting other exhibits in the museum, encourage your child to locate books relating to those exhibits to further their knowledge on those topics.

 

  • Provide books, magazines or other print materials for your child to hold, turn pages - all part of learning to love reading.
    Read aloud to your child and talk about what your are reading. This helps young children develop language and thinking skills. Visit your neighborhood library with your child. Check out books regularly to help your child understand the importance and wonders of reading. Reading daily with young children builds a strong foundation for early literacy. Reading with your young children on a regular basis will help them develop a love of reading that will support their education throughout elementary school and beyond!
  • Young learners love repetition. Repeated sounds, phrases and even entire stories add another layer to the love of reading.

 

 

 

  • Help you child learn the alphabet and phonetics by making an alphabet poster for their room. Print or draw letters they can color and paste to a poster board.
  • Make regular trips to your local library. Model the process of locating a book in the library and checking it out. During another trip to the library, assist your child in completing the process themselves.
  • Build you own child’s library. A single shelf of books will allow You and your child can sort your books by theme and create their own library system.

 

 

  • Visit your neighborhood library with your child. Check out books regularly to help your child understand the importance and wonders of reading.
  • Model the process of locating a book in the library and checking it out. Then allow your child to complete the process independently. Helping your child practice the skill of locating and checking out books, will give them confidence to continue using libraries as a resource as they get older.
  • Build you own child’s library. A single shelf of books will allow you and your child to sort books by theme and create a library system.
  • Research a topic of interest alongside your child at the library. Make your research a project you will work on and learn from together.

 

  • Corduroy
    By Don Freeman
  • The Cat in the Hat
    By Dr. Seuss
  • Goodnight Moon
    By Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Little Engine That Could
    By Watty Piper
  • Green Eggs and Ham
    By Dr. Seuss
  • The Snowy Day
    By Ezra Jack Keats
  • Where the Wild Things Are
    By Maurice Sendak
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    By Eric Carle
  • Guess How Much I Love You
    By Sam McBratney
  • Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom
    By Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    By Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • The Runaway Bunny
    By Margaret Wise Brown
  • Dear Zoo
    By Rod Campbell
  • Pete the Cat Picture Books
    By Eric Litwin
  • The Giving Tree
    By Shel Silverstein
  • The Cat in the Hat
    By Dr. Seuss
  • The Rainbow Fish
    By Marcus Pfister
  • The Little Engine That Could
    By Watty Piper
  • Green Eggs and Ham
    By Dr. Seuss
  • The Snowy Day
    By Ezra Jack Keats
  • Where the Wild Things Are
    By Maurice Sendak
  • Stone Soup
    By Marcia Brown
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    By Eric Carle
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    By Judith Viorst
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    By Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Caps for Sale
    By Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    By Judi Barrett
  • Charlotte’s Web
    By E.B. White
  • Shiloh
    By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • The Nancy Drew book Series
    By Carolyn Keene
  • Holes
    By Louis Sachar
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    By Judy Blume
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8
    By Beverly Cleary
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Series
    By C.S. Lewis
  • Frindle
    By Andrew Clements
  • The Giver
    By Lois Lowry
  • Black Beauty
    By Anna Sewell
  • Jumanji
    By Chris Van Allsburg
  • James and the Giant Peach
    By Ronald Dahl
  • How Much is a Million?
    By David Schwartz
Calendar
Hours Monday - Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Military (with ID) $10.50
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