The Children’s Department serves infants through middle school students, as well as parents, caregivers and educators, with programs, books, music, reference materials and assistance, DVDs and much more!
Programs – We offer several programs designed to help promote literacy and a love of reading in children! Please check our calendar for dates and times
Preschool Story Time — Children ages 2-6 and a caregiver are invited for stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and a snack. Story time is free and does not require registration.
Lego Club – Youth, ages five and up, can attend our Lego program where we will listen to stories based on a theme, and then build our own creations to go with that theme. Registration is required. Funded by a Community Development Block Grant for Library Programming.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Welcome to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program! This free program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop a love of reading in children, a bond between parent and child, as well as important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation for future school success. Not to mention, sharing together stories is fun!
It’s easy to get started!
- Pick up a reading log at the Bridgeton Public Library
- Read together.
- Write the titles in your reading log. If you read more than once you can record it each time. Books read to your child at library story time, at daycare or by others also count!
- When you finish 25 books, bring your reading log to the library, collect a prize, and pick up your next reading log.
- Repeat until you have read 1000 books!
- For every 25 books read your child will receive a sticker and a prize from our prize box.
- For every 100 books read your child will receive a free book!
- After reading 1,000 books, your child will receive a book and a certificate, and get an amazing jumpstart on success in school!
- Take every chance you have to read with your children! By reading just three stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1,000 books in one year! If you rea 4 books a week, you will have read 1,000 books in five years~
For more information, visit www.1000booksbeforekindergarten.org