• Eclipse Glasses – the whole story


    Unfortunately, libraries DO NOT have a stash of eclipse glasses — despite all the news reports and Facebook posting that say we do. Just not true.  Some US  libraries got free ones through a special program that ended weeks ago.  We did not. We wish we had them, but we do not. 

    We have a very limited number and those who participate in the library’s program will get to use a pair – to share

    We thank the Friends of the BPL for buying us the few that we have.

    We regret the disappointment of so many who have called about glasses.

Children’s Programs

Programs for children go on year-round at the Library.

Most children’s programs take place in the Children’s Library on the second floor and are aimed to interest young people age three and up.

Adults are expected to stay with children throughout all programs.

Toddler Time

Children get a fun and active introduction to the Library with twenty minutes of stories, songs and movement, every Monday at 9:15 in eight-week sessions. There’s no need to sign up, but children should be at least eighteen months old. The 2017 schedule begins 30 January.

Preschool Storytime

Preschoolers ages three to five are invited to sign up for a weekly half hour of story fun and a new craft project or coloring page every Wednesday, with a variety of readers from among Library staff and volunteers. Storytimes start promptly at 10 AM year-round with short breaks between sessions. Registration is not required, but those who do will have a personalized certificate hanging up in the Library, to stick their attendance stickers on. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the program. The 2017 schedule will begin 30 January, weather permitting.

Play K

Children age 4 ½ to 6 years old spend a weekly hour enjoying learning the social, behavioral and motor skills they’ll need as kindergarteners. Stories, games and “playscapes” featuring a variety of educational (and entertaining) toys follow a theme that changes every week.  More information available HERE.

The Van Tassel Readers’ Quests

If you are an independent reader age twelve or under, with your own Library card, you can join. Ask any Librarian for all the details. Sign up now and see what it’s all about. Get more information here

Summer Reading Club

Held each summer for readers ages 6 to 12. Just because the school year is ending, that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Students who don’t continue reading over the summer are likely to lose ground. Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Club.

Evening Programs

Most children’s programs are scheduled for Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM. A half hour of stories is followed by a craft project. Staff and volunteers do the reading, sometimes with a theme, sometimes just “reader’s choice.” Check our web calendar for details.

Time Out For LEGO®!

The second Thursday of each month is Family Night with the Library’s large collection of LEGO® bricks and accessories. Come in at 6:00 PM with imagination at the ready, for an hour of LEGO® play.

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