Kids

Welcome to the Stratford Library Children’s Department.

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  • Parent Discussion Group

    September 11, 2014

    Are you a parent of a child between the ages of three and eight?

    Then, come to our Parent Discussion Group
    Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    September 23 to October 29
    Free childcare and refreshments provided

    The group meets in the Stratford Library Board Room
    Suzanne Porco Clement, Family and Early Childhood Specialist will lead discussions on:

    - Goal setting in parenting
    - Positive everyday parenting strategies
    - Building self-esteem
    - Fostering children’s friendships
    - Understanding and responding to bullying
    - Parent self-care

    Parents who joined this group last year say it’s a great experience. They make friends, learn valuable skills, and feel validated in their work as a parent. Join us!

    Made possible by a William Caspar Graustein Foundation grant

    Call 203-385-4165 to register or email us at childrens [at] stratfordlibrary.org

  • Nutmeg Books!

    September 9, 2014

    chloe Are you a Nutmeg reader? The Nutmeg Book Award is Connecticut’s  children’s choice book award.  Children vote each April for their favorite.

    For children in grades 2 to 4, there are 15 fiction and nonfiction titles to  read. Here’s the list:

    http://www.nutmegaward.org/print/2015/Elementary2015color.pdf 

    For children in grades 4 to 6, there are 10 fiction titles to read. Here’s the  list.

    http://www.nutmegaward.org/print/2015/InterColor2015.pdf 

    Children don’t have to read all of them to vote, but some children try to! Have you read this one? It’s funny and a quick read about an author and an illustrator who just can’t agree.

  • Which storytime is for you?

    September 4, 2014

    As parents look at our storytime schedule, they may wonder, “Should my child attend Baby Lapsit or Toddler Time?”

    Here’s a quick explanation of how these programs differ.

    Baby Lapsit is primarily for non-walking babies ages 0 and 1. The general guideline is that if the child will still sit on their caregiver’s lap, they are welcome at Baby Lapsit. So, for some children, they may enjoy this program at 1 or even 2 years old. Many parents enjoy this small, intimate group setting and the one-on-one time with their child. But, once the child is active and wants to explore, the child belongs at …

    Toddler Time! This program is primarily for children ages 1 and 2 (up to 35 months). However, some active and engaged children do stay through age 3. In this group, we expect the children to roam, explore, and display a variety of active behaviors. Because of the active nature of this program, babies and older siblings are always welcome. Parents should be aware this program can be hectic and large in size. Give children a few weeks to get acclimatized.

    Storytime is for ages 3 to 5 only.  Children should be comfortable sitting for stories and participating in group songs and activities as well as a craft. Younger children may attend Toddler Time or Friday Fun until they reach the point in their development when storytime is right for them.

    More questions? Call us at 203-385-4165.

     

  • Read to Therapy Dogs Wednesday

    September 2, 2014

    Siena & Drago will be here tomorrow, Wednesday, September 3 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Call 203-385-4165 to register for a reading time.