Child Programs And Services

Toddletime (Currently the Library is closed and there is no Toddletime.)

Toddletime is a fun learning experience for children and parents that incorporates stories, finger plays, and songs. It is geared for children birth to age 5.
We meet on Mondays at 10 am in the Community Room for about 25 minutes.

1000 Books before Kindergarten

Welcome to the Garner Libraries 1000 books before Kindergarten Program!

Reading to  your child is one of the most powerful ways to boost  their brain power. Read a book to your child and you give them important skills that prepare your child for learning to read and entering kindergarten.

Register your child online with readsquared. The readsquared ap is found at garnerpubliclibrary.com. You may also register and pick up a a reading sheet from the Library. Please call 641 923-2850 for more instructions.

  1. Keep Track of the books you have read on the chart provided.
  2. Every Book Counts! Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in story time, daycare, or with a friend or family member.
  3. Milestones: Every time your child reads 100 books, bring their reading  record to the  library to receive a special reward. Take home a new reading log  for the next 100 books. For every 200 books your child reads they receive a book of their own.  At 1,000 books your child will get a completion certificate.
  4. Remember to have fun. Reading should be a fun and enjoyable experience.

Summer Reading

The Summer Reading Program is for Elementary to Adults. This year the Garner Library Adventure starts June 8 and runs until July 31. The kids can come to the Library and pick up a packet of fun activities. When the packet is completed you can contact the library (641) 923-2850. They will receive a bag of prizes.

Sweet Reads

February brings Valentines Day and Sweet Reads at the Garner Public Library. This Program is geared for Kids to Adults. Once a book is completed a slip is filled out at the Checkout desk. Every week during February names are drawn. Children have a chance to win a book.

Kids Links

Links to useful information on the Internet.

  • Storyline Online 10 (Don’t forget this resource of celebrities reading picture books – you could share one of these on your Facebook page with your own thoughts and comments about the book.)
  • Reading Connects Us 2: A newsletter about virtual learning that is full of links to lessons, things authors are sharing, etc.
  • Picture Book Read Alouds 6 - this is made up of authors reading their own work, including a list from the Indianapolis Public Library with over 100 titles, and titles in other languages.
  • Read, Wonder, and Learn 3 - this is a lot of authors sharing lessons, excerpts, etc from their books.
  • Authors Everywhere 4 - A YouTube channel with authors sharing their books and work, will also, hopefully, host panels and other discussions.
  • Scholastic’s Learn at Home 4 - Daily lesson plans that include books from Weston Woods, activities, and more
  • Jarrett Lerner’s Activities Page 5 lots of print outs/activities that encourage creativity and story creation - I think a fun thing to do would be to pick a certain page and encourage all kids (and adults!) to work on it and then have them tag the library on social media in their finished work.

Are you looking for something to do with your children at home this summer? The youth staff can help you find books and other materials with craft ideas, games, and other activities to engage your children during the summer months. Contact us by phone (641) 923-2850 or email garnerpubliclibrary@comm1net.net.

 

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