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  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.


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.   

Read for fun and prizes all summer long!

SR 2016 poster outlinesDiscover the Earth this summer through Boone County’s annual summer reading program (June 1 to August 31)
and the national traveling exhibition, Discover Earth: Our Changing Planet (at the Scheben Branch until August 5). Everyone, from birth to adult, is invited to participate in Summer Reading and read for fun and prizes all summer long! Pick up family reading logs for kids and reading tickets for adults at BCPL locations beginning June 1, or register online at


Preschool Program (birth to four years) Reading Buddy

  • Earn a free book after completing 10 activities.
  • Earn coupons to local restaurants and a reading buddy after completing 20 activities.
  • Earn an activity ball and 1 entry into the Preschool Grand Prize Drawings for illuminated globes after completing 30 activities.

After you have completed your 30 activities, earn another entry into the Grand Prize drawings each time you complete an additional 10 activities.

Youth Program (kindergarten to twelfth grade)globe

  • Earn a book of your choice after completing 300 minutes
    (5 hours).
  • Earn coupons to local restaurants and your choice of a
    fossil kit or notebook after reading 600 minutes (10 hours).
  • Earn 5 Library Bucks* and one entry into the Youth Grand Prize Drawings for illuminated globes or a Kindle (provided by Amazon) after completing 900 minutes (15 hours) of reading.

After you have completed your 15 hours of reading, earn another entry into the Grand Prize drawings each time you complete an additional 5 hours of reading.

Watch a short video with Tales, the library’s dragon mascot, and see all of the Youth Reading program prizes.

Adult Program
Everything you read, watch, or listen to earns 1 Library Buck*, 1 entry into weekly drawings for $25 Kroger gift cards and 1 entry into the Adult Grand Prize drawings for illuminated globes.

*Library Bucks can be used at Library book sales and to pay Library fines.