Come one, come all to the record setting storytime opportunity of a lifetime!

Partnering with The Cincinnati Enquirer and other libraries in the greater Cincinnati area, Boone County Public Library will chickaoffer a storytime for children of all ages at noon on Wednesday, August 10, at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, in Burlington,  in an effort to set a Guinness world record for the world’s largest storytime. Don’t be late, though! The record setting will start exactly at noon, when we break out the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin. Stick around for other stories read and told by our library staff, along with rhymes and songs. Don’t forget your camera! Tales, the Library Dragon will be making a special appearance, ready for high fives and silly photos!

whats upIn honor of their 175th anniversary, The Cincinnati Enquirer is striving to combat illiteracy in surrounding communities. Join arms with the greater Cincinnati area and the Enquirer by doing your part to help them reach their goal of 17, 500 volunteer hours, 17, 500 donated books, and a record-breaking number of storytime participants. All donated books will be given to the children in need within your community.  

There will be donation boxes at all BCPL locations. Thank you for donating a gently used book; we look forward to redistributing them to the kids in Boone County who need them.

We look forward to seeing you at the Main Boone County Public Library on August 10 at 12 p.m. sharp. Make sure you come ready to have fun!

–Teresa

Teresa hails from Irvine, KY, a really small town outside of Richmond. She grew up with a passion for reading, especially children’s literature and recently graduated from Georgetown College with a BA in English. She loves working in a library with so many kids — storytime is her favorite part of the day.

ReadyRosie, a free app making child’s play out of learning

Do you have children under the age of five (or know someone who does)?  If so, are Mother and baby indoors playing and smilingyou always looking for fun and EASY ways to help them learn?  As a mother of two, I was always looking for new ways to help prepare my toddler or preschooler for school.  With my first daughter, I stayed at home and simply ran out of ideas for things to do with her.  With my second daughter, I worked full-time and didn’t have the time or energy to spend looking for new ways to engage her in play and learning. Children begin learning before they ever get to school and  I knew that I was their first teacher, so it was important for me to know exactly what they should be doing to get prepared for school.   So, I am really excited about a new opportunity in Boone County and a few returning programs going on this summer.

ReadyRosie_LogoOn July 1st, ReadyRosie is coming to Boone County.   ReadyRosie, sends daily messages, providing fun learning activities for FREE to all parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, childcare providers, older siblings, or anyone who lives in Boone County and interacts with a child from birth to age six.  ReadyRosie is available in English and Spanish. The Schools know that children begin learning before they ever get to school, so they have provided this great resource to help us guide our children as they learn. Visit ReadyRosie to learn more about it and then register for this FREE Boone County resource here. After you register, you’ll see an option to download the app as well as an option to receive everything in Spanish. ReadyRosie is easily accessed through computers, phones, tablets, or other mobile devices. If you have any questions about ReadyRosie in Boone County, email Kathy Reutman from Boone County Schools at kathy.reutman@boone.kyschools.us.  ReadyRosie is provided by the Boone County Success By 6 and Boone County Schools.

Family Sitting On Sofa Reading Book At HomeAnother great option for children birth to age 5 is the preschool portion of the Boone County Summer Reading program, which began on June 1st and is going on until August 31st.  Children birth to four years can complete activities to win prizes, and children 5 and up read books to earn prizes.  As part of Summer Reading, we have chosen one special book for each elementary grade, including preschool.  The preschool title for this year, is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and  Boone County Public Library will have plenty of copies available for check out.  Register for Summer Reading today and help your child be ready to read when he/she begins school!

While you are at the Library to check out your books, make sure you pick up a Discover BCPL Newsletter June 2016Newsletter and you can see all the great programs and storytimes that we have for children birth to age 5.  Storytimes are available at any of the BCPL locations and are broken up by age.  BCPL even has special storytimes for Spanish language learners and children with sensory sensitivities.  All these storytimes provide parents with useful tips that they can practice at home with their children. For the complete list of storytime dates and times, see the Library’s June newsletter.

These are just a few of the great resources that are available for free both this summer and throughout the year.  There are so many great options both online and in-person that make being a parent or caregiver of a preschool that much easier.  I wish all of these resources had been available to me when my children were young.

–Amanda

Assistant Director Amanda Hopper lives in Union with her husband and two daughters.  She is passionate about serving the children and families of Boone County.