The library will host the first of two workshops designed to help families prepare their children to begin kindergarten on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.
The free READY! for Kindergarten program is designed to build strong parent engagement and teach families new skills and helpful tips to nurture a child’s development; foster essential early literacy, math, and social-emotional skills; and provides learning targets, and take-home activities and tools equip parents and caregivers to help toddlers and young children develop strong brain connections for success in school.
The workshop, in the library Community Room, will include free materials, toys, and refreshments. Participants are asked to register by calling 208-667-8112 to ensure that sufficient materials are available.
A spring workshop at the library is scheduled for March 13.
New Author BINGO continues in the children’s library. Participants ages 8-12 can pick up a card at the checkout desk in the Seagraves Children’s Library. For each book they read by an author they have not read before, they can get their card stamped and collect a small gift bag or a ticket for the grand prize drawing.
Participants age 7 and under can also play, but don’t necessarily have to read a new author for each stamp.
The activity will continue through Feb. 28 and the grand prize winners will be selected March 4.
Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
The free program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.
The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years.
Following the New Year’s holiday, weekly children’s programs at the library resume Jan. 7 and include:
► Bilingual Preschool Storytime: Mondays, 11 a.m. Stories and other activities in Spanish and English for ages 3-5.
► Family Storytime: Mondays, 4 p.m. Stories and a craft for the whole family.
► Book Babies Lapsit: Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. and Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m., for children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver.
► Toddler Time Music & Motion: Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m., fun, songs, movement, and a story for 2-3 year olds.
► Stay & Play: Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m., after Toddler Time and Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m. after Book Babies, families can stay for fun and socializing.
► Lake City LEGO Club: Tuesdays, 4 p.m., at the Lake City Public Library in the high school on Ramsey Road.
► Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., stories and a craft geared to ages 3-5.
► Code Club/Minecraft Club: Wednesday, 4 p.m., learn coding basics with robots and video games. For ages 7-12.
► LEGO Club: Thursdays, 4 p.m., free play with the library’s huge collection of LEGOs. Generally for ages 5 -11.
Children and teens younger than 18 are no longer charged late fees. Patrons of all ages are still responsible for lost items.
Children under 6 visiting the libraries need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.