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Youth News

News for Kids, Teens & Caregivers

Explore nature this summer!

Explore nature this summer!

Early childhood educators, researchers, youth librarians, parents, and caregivers can all attest to the benefits of being immersed in nature. Young children's brains develop rapidly and the more experiences they have that involve all their senses, the better. Time...

Summer Explorers

Summer Explorers

  June 1 - August 6, 2022: Join us for a summer of exploration . . . and a little bit of detective work!  Read, write, create, and investigate during our summer reading program for kids.Upcoming Events[diec_event_carousel show_venue="off" show_name="off"...

Teen Time

Teen Time

Create, explore, solve and read! Stop by the teen library for Teen Time each Friday in June from 3-4 p.m. Try a fun activity each week, designed especially for teens. No registration required, just drop in. View Teen Times and other teen events. These activities are...

Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Teen Poetry Contest Winners

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, the library held a poetry contest for youth ages 10 - 18. We so enjoyed reading the creative works of our budding local poets.Opening Doors Owen M., age 11 A world without doors would be pretty niceIt would let in the...

Virtual Author Talks

Virtual Author Talks

Check out our series of virtual talks with best-selling authors, including: Thursday, June 16, 3 PM: R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) Thursday, June 23, 3 PM: Ben Philippe (The Field Guide to the North American Teenager), Thursday, June 30, 3 PM: Traci Chee (The Reader...

New “Road to Decode” Readers

New “Road to Decode” Readers

The library's phonics collection now includes a large number of decodable books to support new and striving readers. Included are Half Pint Kid Readers, Dog on a Log Books, Whole Phonics Readers, and additional Bob Book titles. These books can be found in the Early...

Check Out Nature Backpacks

Check Out Nature Backpacks

Explore. Discover. Investigate. The library is here to help families discover and learn about nature, whether it be exploring the backyard or hiking a local park. Check out the library’s Nature Backpacks and embark on an adventure with real hands-on tools that kids...

Follow the Words

Follow the Words

When children learn that words on a page have a message, their curiosity is piqued and their brains work to decode the meaning. This is an essential early literacy skill - print awareness. Write down the words to their favorite nursery rhyme and sing it with your...

Pick a Song, Any Song

Pick a Song, Any Song

Use this idea the next time you need to fill your day with music! Together with your child, choose your favorite songs to sing. Write the names of the songs on index cards or squares of paper and place them in a box. When your child needs an activity to do, draw out...

Five-Finger Rule

Five-Finger Rule

Help your child find books that are just right with the Five-Finger Rule. Have your child read one page of a book. Ask your child to raise a finger for every word that's too hard for them to read. If your child raises more than five fingers, the book may be too...

Expand Your Mind

Expand Your Mind

Learn more about the world around you by reading about the experiences of others. Here are some 2021 informational picks for teens. Click on a cover to learn about available formats and to reserve a title.