October Story Time In a Box
Story Time in a Box is a monthly subscription service offered by the Henry County Public Library Youth Services Department. Families with young children can sign up for this service to have the opportunity to pick up a box of learning activities at the end of each month. Each box will contain two library books, a book you get to keep, song & rhyme cards, supplies to complete fun activities including a craft, and more. Activities included in the boxes are designed to help children get ready for school.
To qualify for the next month’s box families are asked to preregister using that month’s form and must return their library books from the previous month’s box to the library before picking up the next box. If the book is not returned the box will go to the next person on the wait list.
October’s Story Time in a Box kits all about the seasons and will be ready for pick up Wednesday, October 21 through Saturday, October 24. Each box will contain a copy of When Leaves Change to keep, 2 library books, some fun games to play, supplies to make seasonal tree collages, and more. Families will receive a phone call reminding you to pick up their box. A caregiver must have a library card to pick up the box. If you do not have one you can apply during pick up.
UPDATE: Our October boxes have been claimed. Please add your name to our wait list: October Story Time in a Box Wait List
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to register for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. This program challenges families to read 1000 books together before a child’s first day of kindergarten. Because reading together early has been linked to school success, this challenge aids in getting a child ready for school while promoting positive family interactions. Families receive small incentives like sidewalk chalk and finger puppets throughout the journey to 1000 books and the library will host special programs for participants. Upon reaching 1000 books, children receive a certificate, book, and special photo magnet to commemorate their accomplishment. Every 100 books read also earns an entry into drawings held every two months for a backpack full of kindergarten school supplies. Registration for the program is always open. Families can register at the library or on the bookmobile. A welcome letter, registration form, photo permission form, and first log can also be downloaded here. Downloaded registration forms can be turned in with your first log. You do not need to fill out a photo permission form to participate in the program. If you need a new log for you next 100 books email email@example.com with the subject line 1000 Books Log for the next one.
Check It Out! Find More Than Just Books in the Children’s Area
The public library offers families a wide variety of items for check out. Visit our Children’s Area to browse the collection or log in to your library account online, search our catalog, and put an item on hold.
A wide variety of Board and Card Games for all ages are available for checkout. The collection includes games like Snorta-The Family Game Where Everyone Acts Like an Animal and Dr. Eureka, a fast paced logic game. The library adds to their collection of over 60 games regularly and takes suggestions of games your family would like to play. Games are limited to one per cardholder and check out for two weeks. For a list of games available visit the Board and Card Games List.
Bookpacks bring together Playaway all-in-one audio books and their print versions to create a fun and educational read along experience. Bookpacks include best sellers, award-winning titles, and more. Listening to an audio while following along with print helps young readers improve reading comprehension, expand vocabulary, and build phonemic awareness. They are a great tool for emerging or struggling readers. You can find a list of available Bookpacks here: Bookpack List.
Early Literacy Kits are designed to help you get your toddler or preschooler ready for kindergarten. Each kit contains books, games, puppets, toys, and more all based on the five best practices to help a child get ready to learn: Reading, Talking, Singing, Playing, and Writing. Each kit also comes with a binder full of early literacy information and tips on how to use the kit effectively. Kit themes include Springtime, On the Farm, Dinosaurs, Let’s Get Cooking, and more. Kits are available to check out for three weeks. There is a limit of one kit per family. For a list of available kits including In the Ocean, our newest addition, visit the Early Literacy Kit List.
Launchpads are pre-loaded tablets available for children in preschool through 5th grade. Each Launchpad is pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free learning apps and games. Apps are grouped by subject area, theme, grade level, and age and feature popular characters. Subjects include math, science, critical thinking, and creativity while themes include animals, building, fantasy, and more. Launchpads are completely secure and no Wi-Fi access or data usage is necessary. Launchpads are available for checkout for three weeks. There is a limit of one Launchpad per card. Find a list of available Launchpads by visiting the Launchpad List.
Discovery Kits are S.T.E.M. kits designed with families in mind. Kits are designed to help your family discover something new through exploration and play. Each kit includes a S.T.E.M. manipulative like Snap Circuits or a telescope, books, and suggested activities. These kits are limited to one per family and can be checked out for three weeks at a time. Some kits do contain small parts and are not recommended for children under three. Discovery Kits were generously paid for with grant money provided by Ohio Valley United Charities and Friends of the Henry County Public Library. For a list of available kits visit the Discovery Kit List.
Playaways are pre-loaded audio books that give patrons the freedom to listen to books anytime, anywhere. The universal audio jack is compatible with headphones and auxiliary cords. The library has a wide variety of Playaways for kids, teens, and adults. Playaways check out for three weeks and patrons must provide their own earbuds or headphones. You can find a list of Playaways for children available at the library here: Playaway List
Wonderbooks are the newest format available for check out at the library. Every Wonderbook is a print book with a ready-to-play audiobook inside. Just press play to hear a favorite story. Follow along using the tones that tell you when to turn the page, then switch to learning mode to hear the narrator ask open ended questions. Research shows that hearing and seeing words at the same time can improve reading success rates. Therefore Wonderbook gives kids an edge with vocabulary development, phonics, and comprehension, while encouraging deeper engagement with every book. There is a limit of two Wonderbooks per card. Wonderbooks check out for three weeks. Visit the Wonderbook List to see what titles are available.