1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The library is offering it’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program as a way to help parents and caregivers give children a solid learning foundation before they start school.  This program encourages both parent and child to have reading and the public library become an integral part of their everyday lives.  The Slinger Community Library Program is open to all babies, toddlers and preschoolers who have not yet entered kindgeraton/5k.

1,000 books is one story every night for three years or ten books a week for two years or twenty books a week for one year (that’s just three books a day!).

Interested parents should stop in the Library to register your child.  Each child will receive a reading log where parents can keep track of the books shared together.  After reading and recording 100 books, parents are asked to bring in the reading log and the child will receive a Slinger Community Library Canvas Book Bag.  When participants reach 500 books, the child and parent will receive a book of their choice to keep. Upon completion of reading 1,000 books, participants will receive an invitation to a graduation party, a certificate of achievement, a book of their choice and have their picture taken for the Library’s 1,000 books wall of fame.

You can record every book you read with your child, even those that you read together over and over and over!  This program is about developing early literacy skills and we hope you’ll join us!

Library Club

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. (approximately 45 minutes)

Each week from September through May, children and families participate in stories and do a craft. Themes change from week to week and the Library also brings guest speakers in throughout the year. Library Club will resume on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Pre-registration and/or sign-up are not required to participate in this free program. Come as often as your schedule allows.

Teddy Bear Time
Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. (approximately 30 minutes)

This is a smaller version of our Library Club Program. Children should not attend both Library Club and Teddy Bear Time because the weekly themes are the same. Guest speakers are not part of this program. This program is designed for families who want to participate in an activity together. Teddy Bear Time will resume on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Pre-registration and/or sign-up is not required to attend this program. Attend as often as your schedule allows.

Tips for a successful Library Club and Teddy Bear Time experience
  • Discuss Library Club and Teddy Bear Time with your child before you come. Explain that there will be stories, simple songs, games, and finger plays. It will be fun but good behavior is important.

  • Encourage children to be courteous to the reader by LISTENING to the books being read aloud. Books they wish to check out should be saved for after storytime (not read during storytime), and toys should be left at home or in the car. Explain the importance of being still and quiet so others can hear and enjoy the stories, too.

  • Adults, please save visiting with friends until after storytime. If you talk during storytime so will the kids.

  • Plan to arrive early or on time. Children are easily distracted. Latecomers become the focus of attention as they find a spot to sit, remove jackets, etc.

  • Please tend to your child. If he/she becomes disruptive (crying, walking around, etc.), feel free to retreat to another part of the Library and return when your child is ready to listen.
    Also remember that there is to be NO food or drink in the library, including the story room, unless it is a special treat at a program. This means you should NOT give your child snacks of any kind during storytime, including “sippee” cups.

  • Stay after storytime to browse through our collection and get acquainted with the rest of the group. Help your child choose books to take home from the library. Your example will show your child that reading is worthwhile and fun!
  • On your child’s birthday, you may bring a treat to share with the group. (No Brownies, Cake or Finger Jell-O Please!)
If the Slinger School District is closed because of weather, Library Club and/or Teddy Bear Time will not be held.

Summer Reading Program

The Library offers a six-week, fun filled summer reading program that begins mid-June!

During the summer when Library Club is not in session, the Library holds a six week summer reading program for youth from birth – age 18. The summer reading program has a different theme each year and combines many fun activities with the main emphasis on reading. The children are invited to check out books from the Library and read them to earn prizes. If they are not old enough to read to themselves, they may have someone read the books to them.