Youth Services – Children

Events for Children and Families:

Youth Services News

Summer Learning Program

This year’s Summer Learning Program runs through August 9 with the theme “Imagine Your Story.” Patrons are able to participate in the program virtually using Beanstack. Check out our list of virtual events for children and families below the banner. More details on the general program and how to sign up can be found on our Summer Learning page.

Read about our Million Minute Challenge and participate as a member of Dumbledore’s Army (the children’s team name) in this community effort with a healthy bit of competition. Who will read the most–children, teens, or adults? The winning team will win something new for their section of the library. We can do this!

Watch our Beanstack sneak preview video to find out how to register and use the website (made before our Beanstack site was live). To find out how to do things in the app, watch Beanstack’s general videos on how to view/participate in challenges, use the reading timer, log past reading, log activities, and log a book as completed.

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Summer Events for Children and Families

All events listed will be virtual. Events marked with an asterisk (*) are live, interactive events that require registration. Dates and times are subject to change.

The Summer Learning Program is sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library, Lee’s Hoagie House of Southampton, The Men & Boys Store, and Sushiman.

Other News

  • Trying to figure out how to talk about what is happening in the world today with your children. Visit our Tough Topics post for resources that can help.
  • Science in the Summer is going virtual this year. Click on the title link to find out more information on online resources, lottery sign-up to receive a bag of materials, and how to sign up for virtual visits with real-life scientists.
  • View our webpost on Resources for Families During Library Closure for e-Resources for kids and links to helpful articles and activities.
  • Teen news and events are available on the Youth Services – Teens page.
  • Photos from past Summer Learning Programs and other events are available on our Facebook PageFlickr Page and Photo Page.

Virtual Storytimes

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Join our Youth Services staff on Facebook for themed Storytimes featuring stories, songs, and movement activities to encourage pre-reading skills.

Mondays at 10:30 am
June 22-August 3

Bounce & Rhyme Babytime

Join Miss Vanessa on Facebook for these lapsit Storytimes featuring songs, rhymes, movement, and books for the youngest library patrons.

Thursdays at 10:30 am
June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is a national initiative to promote early literacy skills for children from birth to age five.

Research indicates that the more children hear books read to them, the better prepared they are to learn to read in Kindergarten. When you participate, your child will be able to track their reading progress and receive prizes and encouragement.

Read our post about participating in this Challenge from home.

eResources for Kids

POWER Kids – Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library

With your library card, explore these online research resources for kids and young teens.

BookFLIX  and TrueFlix

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Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource for grades pre-K-3 that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to help build a love of reading and learning. With TrueFlix, learn about people, places, nature, history, and science from videos and eBooks. Weston Woods and Scholastic.

TumbleBooks

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An online collection of animated, talking picture books.

TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.

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