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Fall Reading Challenge

Join us for our Fall Reading Challenge, which began on September 21 and runs through December 6. Register and participate using our Beanstack site or search for Huntingdon Valley Library on the Beanstack app.  Log your reading and you could win prizes.* It’s that easy!  There is a child-specific reading challenge with optional activities, review-writing opportunities, badges, and plenty of tickets to be earned. We can’t wait to see you on Beanstack! *All prizes must be picked up at the library (we are unable to mail prizes).

Fall Events

Live Family Trivia Events

Join us using Zoom and Kahoot to compete against other families in our live trivia events! Registration is required for all events.

Grab-N-Go Craft Kits

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Grab-N-Go Kits include supplies and instructions for a craft project. Kits for younger children are recommended for preschoolers to 2nd graders.

Supplies are limited and registration is required for all kits. Online registration will be available a month ahead of time.

  • Pick up during the week of October 12 – Pumpkin Button Frame Craft
  • Pick up during the week of November 9 – Leaf Cards
  • Pick up during the week of November 30 – Salt Snowflakes
For Older Children

Grab-N-Go Kits for older children include supplies for a craft or STEM project. An accompanying instructional video will be released on Facebook and YouTube at 2 pm on the Saturday at the end of the pickup week. Kits for older children are recommended for children in grades 3-5.

Supplies are limited and registration is required for all kits. Online registration will be available a month ahead of time.

  • Pick up during the week of October 19 – Spooky Snacks
  • Pick up during the week of November 16 – Squishy Soap
  • Pick up during the week of December 7 – Acrylic Painting

Rhythm Babies

Loved the Rhythm Babies class in person? Join us via Zoom for the virtual edition! Rhythm Babies is designed to improve young children’s auditory senses, cognitive, and musical skills through singing, rhythm, and creative movement activities. Children of all ages are welcome.

Registration is required. Click on the date links to register for each class and find a list of “instruments” that will be used.

Virtual Storytimes

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

Weekly on Wednesdays at 10:30 am
September 30-December 2

Videos will be released simultaneously on our Facebook page and an unlisted YouTube channel (you must register to receive the YouTube link).

Bounce & Rhyme Babytime

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

Fridays at 10:30 am
October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20, and December 4 

Videos will be released simultaneously on our Facebook page and an unlisted YouTube channel (you must register to receive the YouTube link).

Other News

Resources for Tough Topics

Please visit our resource page for information and support in educating yourself about topics that can be difficult to discuss, such as racism, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, and domestic violence.

Resources for Tough Topics

E-Resources for Families

Although the library is open for limited browsing again, many people are still staying at home. Written toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our webpost on Resources for Families During Library Closure includes e-Resources for kids and links to helpful articles and activities.

Photos

While we sadly have no new photos from this summer, photos from past Summer Learning Programs and other events are available on our Facebook PageFlickr Page and Photo Page.

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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