Summer 2018 Programs for Babies & Toddlers:

The Summer sessions will run from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, July 31. Library closed July 4th

Family Storytime: Mondays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Songs, rhymes and stories that fill your imagination and expand your knowledge. A craft will follow this 25 minute storytime.

Hands On! + Storytime: Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am

This is a sensory program for children ages 0 – 12 years. We will have a variety of materials such as blocks, balls, craft supplies, textures, colors, etc., for children to examine and describe, utilize, and learn.

Creative Constructors: Tuesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm & Saturday, June 23 & July 28 from 10:30-11:30 am

Children ages 0-12 years and their families are welcome to build, learn, and play with LEGO® and Duplo® bricks!

Colorin, Colorado: Tuesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Spanish/English storytime! All ages are welcome to this program that’s fun for the whole family. You do not have to speak or read Spanish to enjoy Colorin, Colorado!

Baby Classes: Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 am

Rhymes, songs, stories, and movement to promote phonological awareness, provide stimulation & more! Best for children between the ages of 0-30 months.

Babies Play 2 Learn: Saturday, June 2 & July 7 from 10:30 – 11:30 am

Babies ages 0-30 months and their care givers are welcome to come learn and play with sensory items, books, toys, & more!

Tail Waggin’ Reads: Saturday, June 2 & July 7 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Join certified therapy dog Obi and his owner Larry for some reading fun! This program is best for children who are beginning to read or are already reading. Take the opportunity to practice reading aloud to Obi, who loves kids and stories!

Toddlers Play 2 Learn: Saturday, June 9 & July 14 from 10:30 – 11:30 am

Toddlers ages 2-3 years and their care givers are welcome to come learn through playing. Stories, crafts, games, and more!

Saturday Storytime: Saturday, June 23 & July 28 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Songs, rhymes and stories that fill your imagination and expand your knowledge. A craft will follow this 25 minute storytime.

Special Events:

Act!vated Story Theatre: Wednesday, June 6 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Act!vated Story Theatre returns to present Tuneful Tales! A performance of 2 multicultural folktales that feature or highlight music:
“Tops and Bottoms”: A trickster tale from Scandinavia that alternates musical pantomime with scenes featuring dialogue.
“The Boy Who Wanted a Drum”: A cumulative story from India about a poor boy who really, really wanted a drum of his own so he could rock out. (all ages)

Opera in the Ozarks: Wednesday, June 6 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Opera in the Ozarks presents Cinderella, an opera for children and the young at heart. Enjoy experiencing a familiar fairy tale set to music (Music by Rossini, Massenet, & other beloved composers, Conceived & directed by David Ward ) at this family-friendly program. (all ages)

Frozen Summer Fun!: Wednesday, June 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Arendelle-style entertainment! (all ages)

Jugglology: Wednesday, June 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Performance art though juggling! (all ages)

Marty Boone The Balloon Man: Wednesday, June 20 from 10:00 – 11:00 am & again from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Magic & humor for the whole family! (all ages)

Dino O’Dell: Wednesday, June 27 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Interactive education through music! (all ages)

Beginning Coding Workshop: Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Learn to code! (all ages)

Magician George Reader: Friday, June 29 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Children ages 0 through 12 years and their families are welcome to a performance by Magician George Reader!

A Summer Jolly Holiday!: Wednesday, July 11 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Mary Poppins themed program! (all ages)

Sugar Free Allstars: Wednesday, July 18 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Sing along and dance to the music! (all ages)

Puppet Show: Wednesday, July 18 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Library staff players present A Musical Puppet Show! (all ages)

Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic: Wednesday, July 25 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Join our guest Tommy Terrific as he amazes and delights us with his magical skills! A fun-filled event for the whole family! (all ages)

Programming Flyers:

To access a printable schedule of events click the link below:

Summer 2018 Flyer – English

Summer 2018 Flyer – Spanish

For detailed descriptions of each event listed on the flyer, please see our online event calendar located here. Click on the date of the event you are interested in on the calendar in the right hand corner and find a detailed description. Please contact the Children’s Library at (479) 621-1152 ext. 2 with any questions.

Prepare Your Child to Read :

Learning to read begins at birth! Check out this document to learn more about what you can do to help your child develop vital literacy skills: Prepare Your Child to Read!

More Information

Early Literacy and Language Tools from the Zero to Three Website

Mem Fox’s Ten Read-Aloud Commandments

  1. Richard Anderson, et al., Becoming a Nation of Readers: The Report of the Commission on Reading (Champaign: University of Illinois, 1985), 23.