Programs for Kids
Build It! - Constructive Play Programs for Preschool Children (3 1/2 - 6 years old)
Why blocks? Blocks are essential learning tools for preschool children. Blocks provide unstructured, open-ended play opportunities. Children love to play with blocks, and research has found that:
Children learn math, language, and science through playing with blocks
Children reach academic standards with the help of blocks
Children develop physically by using blocks
Children develop social skills in block play
Children develop their creativity when playing with blocks
Build It! provides hands-on early STEM experiences for preschool children. This program is funded by the Office of the Commonwealth Libraries through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The goal is to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. It might sound hard, but it's not, if you really think about it. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler, and/or preschooler. If you read just one book a day, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years; 1095 in three years. Most children start kindergarten around 5 years of age, so you have more time than you think. Just think of the number of books you can read together when you read more than one book a day!
Research* has shown that children who listen to stories and look at printed materials will be more accomplished readers. While listening to stories they will learn how letters and words sound, develop narrative skills, and grow their vocabularies, as well as having a wide variety of experiences - fun and educational! Reading together helps your child to develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation for learning to read - a key to learning and school success. Plus - sharing stories is FUN!
Join today at the Children's Desk to recieve your first readng record. Then, bring it back to the library when you have read your first 100 books. You will be on your way to reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!
*To Read or Not to Read: A Meta-analysis of Print Exposure from Infancy to Early Adulthood. Suzanne E. Mol and Adriana G. Bus. Psychological Bulletin (Volume 137(2)), March, 2011, pages 267-296.
Kindergarten to Grade 5 Programs
Children, age 6 years and up, are invited to join the Chester County Library Chess Club! Learn how to play chess, play with kids your own age or skill level, or work on strategy at weekly meetings with Coach Jack! Players of all levels, beginners and up, are welcome!
The Chess Club meets on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. No registration is required.