Library programs help children thrive

Did you know it is ok for children to make noise in a library? Whitman County Library provides spaces and programs for kids to socialize, play, learn and expand their minds. You and your child can read a book, meet friends, or just spend time together at the library.

Library programs help children thrive. They learn new words, letters and sounds; they get comfortable with books, learn to get along with other children and discover that reading is fun! Research shows that up to one-third of American children enter kindergarten under prepared to learn, mostly because their early years leave them without the needed language and literacy skills. Librarians and resources from your library are a fun and easy way to get your child ready for school.

Now is the perfect time to adopt a daily reading routine with your child or grandchild. Come to the library to borrow free reading materials to take home and read with your child and ask about the programs available for them.

The Colfax Library offers a variety of entertaining and educational programs for children of all ages.

The Colfax Library offers a variety of entertaining and educational
programs for children of all ages. Here are just a few:

Thursday Storytime programs begin at 10:10 with Baby Time. Here little ones from age 0-2 interact closely with their parent or caregiver while being led through simple songs, stories and rhymes by the children’s librarian. Toddler Time runs from 10:30-11:00 for ages 2-4 and Preschool Time is from 11:00-11:30. These programs focus on pre-reading and other important skills.

Friday’s Play Group runs from 10-11:30 a.m. and is an extra fun way for youngsters to learn and interact with other children while parents, grandparents and care-givers visit with friends and neighbors.

Bring your little prince or princess, ages 3-8 to a special Tea Party on Wednesday, February 8 from 3:30-4:30. Seating is limited so call me at the library to reserve your child’s spot at 509-397-4366. Costumes are encouraged!

Read Across America is set for early March with special programs in the library and at a number of schools across the county. This is a fun and educational way to celebrate the birthday of famed author Dr. Seuss.

Turn Off TV Challenge is April 16-22. The Friends of Whitman County Library provide each child with a free book for giving up TV during this time.

In preparation for Summer Reading 2012, musical performer Eric Herman will tour Whitman County Schools getting kids excited about literacy, learning and our summer programs. This special countywide event is funded by proceeds from last fall’s Sequel in the Stacks fundraising auction.

Public libraries are the only free early learning space available to everyone. Check out opportunities in all 14 Whitman County Library locations, at Neill Public Library in Pullman, or through the Latah County Library System. Do it for your child’s sake.

For more information, contact:

Sheri Miller at 509-397-4366

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.