"When we read together - when a grandfather reads to a granddaughter, when a teacher reads to a classroom, when a parent reads to a child, when a sister reads to a brother, when everyone in a town reads the same book silently, together - we are taken … READ MORE
You can find Story Times, educational toys and computers in the Children’s area, along with AWE Early Learning stations offering digital literacy programs for pre-K and elementary schoolers. Teens ages 12 – 18 have both a Mac and PC computer available in the Teen Room, along with Kindle Fires available for use in the Library. We have a very active calendar of events for all ages which include monthly We Are Makers STEAM programs, Make a Plate, Halloween Costume Swap and Drop and Saturdays in Stonington. Be sure to check our Events Calendar for our latest offerings!
READING PROGRAMS FOR KIDS & TEENS
The fundamental keys for the development of lifelong learners are reading aloud and reading for enjoyment. Especially in young children, quantity trumps quality in terms of building reading fluency. For that reason, we offer a Summer Reading Program and a Winter Reading Challenge each year at three levels—toddlers though teens.
Wii U gaming is available in the Teen Room on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. Other times are available at the discretion and availability of staff. Students must be age 9 or older to use the WiiU.
KIDS STORY TIME
Our Story Times employ techniques aimed at developing Early Literacy skills and enabling caregivers to reinforce the same skills at home. We are avid proponents of reading aloud to children, long past the time they have learned to read themselves. This improves listening skills, attention span, fluency, increases vocabulary and develops a love for story. These are all skills necessary for a successful school transition.
We have AWE Early Learning Stations which offer educational programming for ages 2 - 12 and PC and Mac computers for use by students age 12-18. We have a sizable collection of ebooks, downloadable audio books, books on CD and PlayAway Views which offer portable audiovisual stories. We also have two Kindle Fires available for teens to use in the library.