Children’s programs grow young minds, helping to prepare children for success in school and in life. The library offers a variety of programming for children starting from the time they are born. Programs presented are appropriate for the age of the child and comply with the Pennsylvania Standards for Early Learning and School Readiness.
Summer programs help to prevent the summer slip, keeping kids on their journey to learning and achievement in school.
Due to space limitations, our programs generally require that you pre-register your child to attend. Some programs have nominal fees for registration.
For details on program dates please visit our calendar by clicking here.
Smart Start Story Time
Join Miss Tally for this free program for parents, grandparents, caregivers and their babies, birth to 23 months ofage, featuring books, songs and nursery rhymes. No registration is needed for this free program, however class sizes are limited, and participation is on a first-come first-served basis. Supported by the Lebanon County Library District.
Preschool Story Time
These outstanding story time programs are offered by Miss Amy, our Children’s Librarian, for children ages two through Kindergarten on a rotating schedule. Story times last for 30-45 minutes. All story times require pre-registration.
Story time sessions are offered throughout the year as follows:
Winter/Spring – January through May
Summer – June through August
Fall/Winter – September through December
2 Years Old – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Monday or 11:30 -12:00 noon Monday (Tuesday for Summer)
3 Years Old – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday or 11:30 – 12:00 noon Wednesday
3 Years Old – Kindergarten – 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday
4 Years Old – Kindergarten – 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Friday or 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Friday
All children must be pre-registered to attend and the sessions require a $5.00 one time registration fee. (No fee in the summer)
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
- A home life that includes positive experiences with reading and the library ensures positive attitudes for reading once in school.
- Vocabulary can be developed by sharing books.
- Researchers tell us that children who hear and use lots of words before they enter Kindergarten are better prepared to succeed at reading and writing.
The library offers a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program to help your child excel. Register your child for this ongoing program and you will receive a reading log where you can color a circle for every book that is read to your child. After the first 100 books, your child will receive a plastic book bag they can use to carry their library books. For each 100 more books, they will receive a scented sticker, with a special prize at the 500 book milestone. After 1,000 books, your child will receive a certificate proclaiming their amazing reading record, a free book and the choice to have their picture on our Wall of Reading Stars!
1,000 books may sound like a lot, but if you read three books to your child each day, in only one year, you will have read 1,095 books! It also does not matter if your child wants to hear the same book over and over; it counts as one book each time you read it, since repetition is good for children.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary Age After School Programs
The library offers after school programming to youths in grades one through three in the spring and fall. First through third grade Stories and Crafts offer the young people an opportunity to hear stories on a particular topic, and then to complete a coordinating craft. Stories and Crafts are offered for eight weeks February through March and October through December. Pre-registration is required.
Summer Reading Program
An annual Summer Reading Program is offered through the library. A theme for the program is designated each year, and activities and special events are planned to coordinate with the theme. Registration begins in June. Students ages 3 to 6 years are offered a Read Aloud program. Students ages 7 to 12 years can participate in School Age Programs. Students ages 12+ years have a chance to take part in a teen summer reading program. Six Monday mornings during the summer, special programs are offered with guest speakers and/or fun activities.
In 2013, we will celebrate the underground with the Dig into Reading theme. Check back here in the spring for more info on the summer reading program schedule.
Teen programming is offered primarily through Phoenix Youth Center, which is located in the lower level of the Library building. The youth center is operated by the Library on behalf of Palmyra Area Cooperating Churches and is a nonsectarian organization that is open to all kids and teens from 3rd through 9th grade. Chelsea Weibley, the Director of Phoenix Center Operations, offers kids a chance to unwind after school while also getting help completing their homework. For more information, visit the Phoenix Youth Center pages on our website.
Teen Summer Reading programs are offered as a cooperative effort between the Library and Phoenix Youth Center. Teens can sign up for the program at either location, and all programming is offered in the youth center space.