Reading Programs

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading aloud with children is the single most important activity parents and other adults can do to prepare children to learn to read. It’s not that difficult to read 1,000 books before kindergarten. If you read just 3 books every day, by the end of a year, you’ll have read 1095 books!  Stop by the children’s circulation desk to register for this fun and simple program, pick up your booklet and start reading!

Story Times

Mother Goose on the Loose –  Birth to Age Two

Mother Goose on the Loose is a program filled with rhymes, puppets, songs and flannel board activities for children ages birth to 2 with a caregiver.  Class size is limited and registration is required for each class you plan to attend.

Click here to watch pre-recorded Mother Goose on the Loose.

Mother Goose II –  Just for Two Year Olds

Mother Goose II is an early literacy program designed for young children, ages 2-3. This 30-minute program of rhymes, songs, puppets, flannel board activities and books is fun and engaging for little learners and a caregiver. Class size is limited, so please register in advance for each class you wish to attend.

Click here to watch pre-recorded Mother Goose II.

Story time for Three to Five Year Olds 

Books, rhymes and flannel board activities for ages 3-5 inside the children’s department.  Class size is limited to 10 children. Registration is required. Children should be able to sit independently for the 30-minute program.

Summer Lit Camp

Since 2021, the C.H. Booth Library’s Children’s Department has partnered with Newtown Parks and Recreation to bring quality children’s books to hundreds of campers at Dickinson Park.

Staff conduct multiple read-aloud sessions with Newtown campers on a weekly basis. Carefully curated children’s books are selected for each age group, read aloud using [fancy techniques], followed by discussion.

Children enjoy sharing their ideas and opinions in a fun, constructive learning environment where all voices are heard. This practice makes critical thinking skills fun and also creates a positive experience for students to verbalize their opinions.

The program brings library materials to children beyond the library’s walls and creates connections with and among students and influences learning behaviors.

Two children looking at books at Lit CampChild reading a book in the grass