Library expands children’s services

Herman Brown Free Library has expanded its children’s services to include new technology aimed at literacy for its youngest patrons.

The library now offers in-house check out of tablets with the award-winning online software ABCmouse. The high-quality software is aimed at children, ages 1-7.  It is a comprehensive and fun early learning website covering reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, art and music. The site is child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites. Best of all, children love it.

“The ABCmouse software ties nicely into another successful early literacy program we began last year, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” said Rebecca Noah, youth services librarian. “1000 Books Before Kindergarten promotes reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and encourages parent and child bonding through the reading goal of 1,000 books before a child enrolls in school.”

Traditional Children's Storytime is held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. It includes read-aloud stories, music, finger play and puppetry and is growing by leaps and bounds. Children also meet at the library throughout the year to check out books and celebrate major holidays and special interests, such as Batman Day. Each year on July 4th, youth participate in a patriotic parade around the courthouse square, and in the fall they enjoy a costume parade. The youth services librarian collaborates with Burnet Head Start, traveling there once a week for a special story time. The library also takes part in Children’s Day, Kiwanis Kite Fest and other community events.

Spring finds area kindergarten students coming in for library tours. Noah is excited about sharing summer activities and the theme of the upcoming Texas Summer Reading Club with them. The Club kicks off on Friday, May 27, at 2 p.m. and includes games, snacks and door prizes to continue through the month of June. The 2016 theme is On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!, with a focus on sports during this Olympic summer.

 

Parents don’t forget to visit the library if you are looking for opportunities for enrichment this summer for the youngest members of your family. We also welcome adults! We are located at 100 E. Washington on the historic Burnet courthouse square. For more information, please give us a call at (512) 715-5228 or check-out our website at www.hermanbrownlibrary.org. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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