The Library has a variety of materials to help you as you work with young children. In addition to books, CDs, and DVDs, these special collections are available:
Each kit features a different S.T.E.A.M. topic (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) and can be checked out for four weeks. Topics and activities include: Addition and Subtraction, Art Projector, Astronomy, Bird Watching, Electricity, Force and Motion, Geology, Human Anatomy, Insects, MaKey MaKey, Microscope, Origami, Pattern Blocks, Prisms, Reptiles, Simple Machines, Weather, Reptiles, Simple Machines, Weather, and more.
Early Literacy Kits
Each kit features three books and other materials which reinforce reading readiness such as puzzles, music, or toys. There are many kits to choose from including Fun with Science, Healthy Me, and Kindergarten Readiness. These can be checked out for four weeks.
Adaptive Books are mainstream stories made accessible for children with special needs then donated to public libraries to give all children free access to appropriate reading materials. A paperback title is deconstructed and four key words on each story page are depicted using picture communication symbols (PCS). The book pages are then laminated with the PCS images and placed in a binder. Page 'fluffers' are added between the laminated pages to enabling children with poor fine motor skills to turn the page. Laminated pages eliminate torn pages and are easily sanitized for children with compromised immune systems.
Discovery Skills Kits
Each kit is assembled to help children practice social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and cognitive life skills in a fun and playful way. These kits contain themed books, toys, manipulatives, and games to provide reinforcement for visual and tactile learners of varying abilities. There are many kits to choose from including Large Motor-Yoga, Self Regulation-Mindfulness, and Social Skills-Manners.
Update: As of Monday, March 16, we will suspend requests for Teacher Resource Bags until we reopen in the new library under construction at 227 S. Seventh St. Teacher bags must be picked up by Friday, March 27.