The Accelerated Reader (AR) program encourages reading and tests how well children understand what they read. Schools implement their AR programs differently, and each school chooses which tests they purchase. For this reason, if you are trying to determine which books are on your school’s AR list, it is best to visit the school website. If your child attends a Boone County Public School, go to the district’s main website, find your school, and then find the link to the library. You can also visit the Boone County Public Library and look through a printed list of books for each school.
Requesting a Book
We can set a book aside for you! Here’s how it works:
- Search our collection to find the book you want.
- Click the “Place Request” button.
- Log-in with your user name (library card number) and password (the last 4 digits of your social security number, unless you changed it).
- If the book is available, we will set the book aside for you and hold it for 7 days.
- If the book is not available, we will set the book aside for you when it returns and hold it for 7 days.
Early Literacy (Birth to Age 5)
The Boone County Public Library staff work as a team to provide consistent, quality programs for our youth and their caregivers. We believe that literacy development begins at birth and highly encourage parents and caregivers to bring their children to our storytime programs starting in infancy. Children who are read-to at a very young age are more likely to have a better grasp of the skills needed for conventional reading and writing.
For more information, please take a look at our Early Literacy: Frequently Asked Questions document. It will itemize some of what you might expect with your children in their development.
Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library
The Every Child Ready to Read @ your library ® (ECRR) framework guides the design of all of our storytime programs. As such, the storytime programs presented by library staff meet the early literacy needs of children and their caregivers. We provide children with an array of experiences required for successful early literacy development. And, we educate adults about how they can make a significant difference in the development of their child’s early literacy.
Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.
The Library has video players for children to check-out. These kid-friendly devices show animated picture books, such as The Snowy Day and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, or even play episodes from TV’s Sesame Street.
Playaway Views are kept at Main Library and Scheben Branch, but you can place a reserve and have them sent to any branch you prefer. Like DVDs, Playaway Views circulate for 3 weeks (no renewals), and you can listen to them with or without earbuds. Sorry, the Library doesn’t supply earbuds, so you will need to use your own.
Reserved Playaway Views will be kept at the circulation desk because staff will need to unlock the case before check-out. So, reserve one for you child today, and let us know how you like it!
You can now apply for free or reduced school meals online! Applying is easy, safe, and secure. Simply go to SchoolLunchApp.com and apply today.
Theme-based literacy kits provide the resources parents, child-care providers, and early childhood educators need to help preschool children develop early literacy skills while learning about the world around them. Each kit contains 10 books around a popular preschool theme, a related manipulative, one music CD or DVD, and a set of laminated cards with a number of activities. Download the list of the Theme Kits to see what each contains, or place a Theme Kit on reserve. Please limit 1 Theme Kit per family or child care center at a time.