We currently have three reading challenges you can sign up for. Winter-Spring 2020 Reading Challenges flyer
1000 Books Before Kindergarten (Ages 0-5) – Available on Beanstack OR with paper logs
This is an ongoing challenge for children ages 0-5 to have 1000 books read to them before they start kindergarten. Research consistently shows a connection between children who have been read to early and often and lifelong learning success. Children earn stickers, bookmarks and other small incentives for each 50-book milestone. At 500 books they receive a lanyard and name tag to wear. When they complete the 1000 books they select a book from our prize book bins and get a certificate to commemorate this wonderful achievement. Finished 1000? You can keep reading and adding to your log until you turn 6. After that join the Wild Readers, an ongoing challenge for ages 6-13. Currently available. Ongoing.
Wild Readers at FCPL (Ages 6-13) – Available only on Beanstack
This is a reading challenge for children ages 6 - 13. Digital badges are earned for time spent reading, books read and completing activities relating to their reading journey. The goal is to provide support for readers in making their own reading goals and plans. Participants will earn clues along the way to help them solve puzzles that will unlock our library box of literary rewards. Currently available. Ongoing.
Fayette Kids Read: Stories of Kindness (Age 3-13) - Available on Beanstack OR with paper logs
Fayette Kids Read is a community reading program held each fall and spring. We choose a book or theme and create a slate of library activities connected to the book or theme. In addition, we create a reading challenge that involves reading the chosen books and other related titles as well as enriching the experience through extension activities. Children/youth who complete the challenge choose a free book from our prize book bin. The spring challenge will be an activity- based challenge involving reading books about kindness, attending story times or book clubs and doing acts of kindness for others. This challenge is a family challenge meaning families do the activities together. In addition to the free prize books for each child, families who complete the challenge can have their picture on our kindness display. See the Fayette Kids Read Flyer for information and the paper log. Available February 1.
Are you a day care or school teacher? Our policy is that we cannot accommodate more than 5 students from one school or day care at any of our public programs. For groups larger than five we can schedule a story time just for your group as time allows.
Baby Time: Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Baby-friendly play time followed by songs, rhymes, puppets, stories and interactive fun for children ages 0-2.
Time for Twos: Tuesdays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Songs, rhymes, puppets, stories and interactive fun for children ages 2-3 followed by a time for play and socialization with art, games and other toddler-friendly play.
Treasure Time: A Preschool Story Time with STEAM Wednesdays 11 a.m
Children ages 3-6 explore the treasures we find in books mixed with songs, poetry, puppets, science and social learning. Our program is followed by a time for play and socialization with art, games, literacy and learning kits, STEM explorations, and more.
Story Time Express: Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.
This story time is geared to children ages 3-8 years oldWe share two books followed by time for creative play.
Curiosity Club: Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Curiosity club is a weekly read aloud book Club for Children ages 6-10. The librarian reads aloud our monthly book selection or a related title followed by discussion and time for socialization and open-ended activities. No registration is required and the children don't have to read the book before coming, BUT regular attendance is suggested since longer books will be read over the course of several weeks in a row. Parents do not have to attend Curiosity Club with their child, but should stay in the library while their child is in the program. Younger siblings are welcome but parents MUST stay in the room with them.
The goal for our age-specific programs is to provide a developmentally-appropriate space for children. We understand that this can be challenging with children of multiple ages in the family, so we have intentionally created multi-age programs and as flexible as possible guidelines to help meet your family’s needs and our program goals.
Younger and older siblings can attend most of our programs as long as they are not disruptive. At least one child you bring should be in the age-group for program.
Sing, Play and Dance Mondays at 10:00 a.m. for ages 0-5
This is a lively program that builds early literacy skills through music, rhymes and interactive fun. Program is followed by a time of play.
Family Book Club: Fourth Wednesday from 4 – 5 p.m. AND select Saturdays NEW TIMES
Check out this month’s family read and come to our book club to enjoy art, games or other activities related to the book. This is geared to families with at least one child who is age 6-10 years. Parents and children attend together.
Pajama Story Time: First Thursday: 7-7:30 p.m.
Wear your favorite PJ’s and come enjoy stories and more with your librarian. All ages welcome.
Blooming Artists OR Family STEAM Select Fridays or Saturdays.
Come enjoy a time of stories/books followed by the opportunity to explore art, technology or science and sometimes, all of them! See calendar for days and times each month.
Please enjoy our blocks, puppets, trains, puzzles and games in the children’s department. Time for open-ended free play is VERY important to a child’s development. Please help us by ensuring items are put away when you are done using them.
Practice your reading skills by signing up to read with OREO, LUNA or GRACIE. Requires sign-up. See calendar. (Ages 6+)
MG SPROUTS is a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer-led horticulture program for youth ages 6-8. Groups read a garden- related story aloud and explore the world of plants through hands-on horticulture, writing, games and other fun activities. Meeting Wednesdays March 4-25 and April 1 and 15 from 3:30-4:30. Requires sign-up beginning February 3.
Reading R.A.C.K. (Reading Advice for Caregivers and Kids)
Our library staff is always happy to help you find books and materials and make suggestions. Additionally, in our children’s department we have a rack with a variety of notebooks with book lists, book marks and other resources we have created to guide your child’s journey of reading and learning.
Line-Up Your Next Great Read
Line-Up Your Next Great Read is a bulletin board we have hanging in the back of the children’s department. There is a line hanging on the board with laminated reading lists attached with clothespins. Feel free to take down a list to help you browse and return the list when you are through.
Many of our booklists are also available online through Beanstack. You will find these lists under your Recommendations tab when you are on the reader’s main page.