“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or a duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” Kate DiCamillo
Reading aloud to children is an excellent way for parents to nurture a love of reading and also help build the necessary skills for success in reading. During February, the Henrietta Hankin Library offers a family program that encourages reading aloud to children ages birth through sixth grade. Participating families can earn a free book as well as a raffle ticket for the awesome grand prize.
Registration is available either onlineor by visiting the Youth Services desk. Each registered family also receives a goodie bag filled with treats to enjoy while cuddling up and reading together!
Register your child for STEM programs! Starting October 7th, Thursday afternoons at 3:30, library staff will present stories, songs and activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math! 6 sessions will be offered on Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:00pm starting on October 7th. Don’t wait! Reserve your child’s spot now. Please use this link to find out more or to register your child. Parents MUST attend and participate with their children, as they will need help with the virtual activities. Once registered, a list of materials needed for the activities will be emailed to all participants. When registering, please include your name, your child’s name, and a phone number and email address. A link will be emailed to you on the day of the program.
You’ve been wondering, and we now announce our upcoming (Virtual) Fall Children’s Programs! Starting September 20th, children aged infant through 6 years can attend programs via Zoom on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Registration is already open, just click here to view our events calendar. This series of programs will be 5 weeks, however, they will not meet October 11th.
Your child will have a “front row seat,” viewing stories and singing songs while interacting with library staff who present each program. Most programs are presented live from our story time studio, so your child will feel like they are right at the library! In our calendar, you’ll find programs for 2’s, 3’s, and ages 4-6 on Mondays; infants/toddlers and 3’s on Thursdays; and on Fridays, something for 3’s and ages 4-6. Once you register, a Zoom link will be sent via email to you on the day of the program. When you register, please include your child’s name and age, and a current email address. We look forward to sharing many great stories with you this fall!
The Henrietta Hankin Branch Library has finalized our Youth Services program schedule for September! All children’s programming will continue to be held virtually through Zoom. Story times will begin the week of September 12th and run through the week of October 15th.
Baby and Toddler Story Time (Ages 0-36 months) – Tuesdays at 10 am
Family Story Time (Ages 0-6 years old) – Tuesdays at 1 pm
Story Time for Preschoolers (Ages 3-4 years old) – Wednesdays at 10 am
Story Time for Pre K-K (Ages 4-6 years old) – Wednesdays at 1 pm
We will also have Mother-Daughter Book Club on Monday, September 20th at 6:30 pm for those 9 years-old and up accompanied by a favorite female grown-up.
This summer, you can learn about careers in engineering when The Franklin Institute presents Facebook Live Ask an Engineer! events. Scientists from The Franklin Institute will host several Facebook Live conversations with guest engineers about their work and career paths. This is the perfect follow-up to the 2021 GSK Science in the Summer Be an Engineer! program.
No pre-registration is required. Click the link at the event time to hear from these scientists.
Even if you missed the registration or weren’t selected in the lottery, your family can still participate in the 2021 GSK Science in the Summer program. This summer, the theme is Be an Engineer! All activity guides, materials lists, and videos are available online. Assemble your own materials and have fun being engineers at home!
Once your family has completed the experiments, don’t forget to sign up to join one or more live virtual event, hosted by educators and scientists from The Franklin Institute! These meetings will be live interactions where your children can share the results of their research with other program participants. Remember, you should complete the activity at home prior to attending the Live Virtual Event. Attendees will participate via chat.
Summer 2021 has reached the midpoint. Is your summer reading going well? We have many ways for you to still enjoy your summer and keep up with your reading. There’s still time to register online at Readsquared so that you can track your daily reading and earn reading badges. OR you can visit the library to get the paper version. We’ve already awarded reading badges to kids who complete just 3 activities per badge. School reading lists are available too, and we are happy to help you find the books you need for your school’s reading assignments. Our preschool, K-5, and teen virtual programs have been so much fun already, and there are more to come! Visit our events calendar to see what’s next and to register.
Starting the week of June 28, the Henrietta Hankin Library is offering programs for children from birth through high school. Six weeks of fun events are scheduled! All programs are virtual and registration is required.
Family Fun – Rhymes, music and books for all ages – Wednesdays at 10:00am
Play K – Get Ready for Kindergarten – 4-6 years old – Tuesdays at 10:00am
Hankineers – 1st-5th graders – Thursdays at 2:00pm
Teen Programs – 6th-12th graders – Wednesdays at 1:30pm
And there’s more . . . our popular “Take-It and Make-It Crafts” are back this summer! Come to the Henrietta Hankin Library Youth Services Dept. on Tuesdays starting June 29 to pick up your craft pack. We are offering six weeks of crafting-at-home fun. No reservations needed – while supplies last.
Summer is almost upon us! What will you do with your summer? Reading or listening to books each day is a great way to keep yourself entertained, not to mention all the exciting people you meet and places to go in the books that you read!
Visit the library in person or online beginning June 7 to get started on your summer reading. Participants from Pre-K to Grade 5 are encouraged to read or listen to books for 30 minutes or more every day all summer, then record your accomplishments through the Tails and Tales: Patch Power 2021 website or app.
You can also complete MISSIONS, by completing at-home activities and attending Virtual Programs, to earn patches! In addition to our patches from years before, we have 4 new patches to earn this summer: Mythic Hero, Time Traveler, Sprout Scouts, and Prehistoric Explorer! Stay tuned to our events calendar for some grand virtual programs that you can attend this summer, beginning June 28!
Even children under 3 years can participate this summer by signing up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Research has shown that listening to books each day helps children to develop the important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation for learning to read — a key to learning and school success. Read at least 100 books this summer to earn a special award!