Kids’ Blog

Updates from the Children’s Room (5/26/2017) - Programming Hiatus No storytimes in June?! Why such a long break? 🙁 We hear you, friends! The break between spring and summer storytimes is really long, but fear not! We have some really fun children’s programs coming up in June and our storytimes will begin again in July, which will be here before you know … Continue reading Updates from the Children’s Room
Write With Your Child! (5/23/2017) -  When your child presents you with a piece of work with “scribbles,” ask him or her what it says.
Read With Your Child! (5/16/2017) - Read books with your child that have rhyme, rhythm, and predictable text.
Talk With Your Child! (5/9/2017) - Talk to and with your child during the day.  Talk in the car, while waiting in line, during meals, while doing chores, etc.
Play With Your Child! (5/2/2017) - Make up a game to go with a book. For example, after reading an alphabet book, go for a walk to find different letters in nature. 
Reading Roundup (4/28/2017) - Baby Storytime Toddler Storytime     Preschool Storytime     Yoga Storytime   Early Literacy Tips of the Week Talk – Take advantage of the nice weather together: take a nature walk and talk about all the things you see. Use descriptive words to talk about the weather, the sights and sounds, the colors, everything around … Continue reading Reading Roundup
Sing With Your Child! (4/25/2017) - Turn a frustrating moment into a song. For example, “Pick your socks up off the floor.  Put them in the hamper by the door!”
The Library is Getting a New Catalog! (4/22/2017) -   Our new catalog is now live! Check it out at chelmsfordlibrary.org/catalog! Remember that all user account PINs have been reset to the last 4 digits of the phone number on file. Now that it’s up, we will be checking in all the materials returned these past few days! Please bear with us as we … Continue reading The Library is Getting a New Catalog!
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Write With Your Child! (4/18/2017) -   Have your child help you to write out a grocery list. 
Reading Roundup (4/14/2017) - Baby Storytime Toddler Storytime     Preschool Storytime    Yoga Storytime   Early Literacy Tips of the Week Talk – After reading a book together, ask your child to tell you the story in their own words. Sing – “Little Bunny Foo Foo” is a fun seasonally appropriate song to sing (though I certainly sing … Continue reading Reading Roundup
Read With Your Child! (4/10/2017) - There is a huge variety of alphabet books available.  Allow your child to access these kinds of books regularly or make your own alphabet book.
Reading Roundup (4/8/2017) - Baby Storytime Toddler Storytime    Preschool Storytime         Yoga Storytime   Dads & Donuts     Early Literacy Tips of the Week Talk – Before beginning your day, talk about all the things you’re going to do together. “Today, we’re going to eat breakfast and then go grocery shopping. We’ll buy bread, milk, … Continue reading Reading Roundup
Talk With Your Child! (4/4/2017) - Point out “World to text” connections.  For example, when you serve a bowl of soup, you might say “It is just right,” like in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Reading Roundup (3/31/2017) - These new weekly posts will share books we read in storytime, highlight some of our latest children’s books, and offer early literacy tips for pre-readers. Baby Storytime Toddler Storytime    Preschool Storytime      Yoga Storytime   New Books – Spotlight on Visual Literacy Visual literacy is the ability to interpret images and make meaning. Check out … Continue reading Reading Roundup
Play With Your Child! (3/28/2017) - Have puppets, dolls, and other toys available for pretend play.
Sing With Your Child! (3/21/2017) - Pick up a new CD from the library by an artist you are not familiar with and listen to it together or visit the CPL website. www.chelmsfordlibrary.org
Reading Without Walls Challenge (3/21/2017) - Get ready for the… What is it? Created by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, Reading Without Walls is designed to open readers’ eyes to the wide world around them, promoting diversity, new ideas, and new experiences. Gene challenges all readers–not just children–to read without walls! We’re inviting our young patrons to … Continue reading Reading Without Walls Challenge
Write With Your Child! (3/13/2017) - Collect photos of relatives and put them in a book with the name of each person.
Read With Your Child! (3/7/2017) - Label containers that hold your child’s things. For example, write “LEGOS” on a box that stores the Legos.  You an also include a picture of a Lego.
Storytime Blog Posts (2/27/2017) - Hello, friends! The Children’s Department is curious to find out how our readers (that’s you!) are using this blog. If you’re reading this, please take a moment to answer this (very) short survey. Your responses will help us make sure we continue to provide the best possible service for our patrons! Thank you, ~*Nicole  
Play With Your Child! (2/21/2017) - Encourage “pretend play.”                       For example, use a block to represent another object such as using the block to be a telephone.
Sing with Your Child! (2/14/2017) - Sing with your child any chance you can- at home, in the car, during a walk, while doing chores.
Write With Your Child! (2/7/2017) - Have your child draw a picture and then dictate the story to you while you write out the words. 
Read With Your Child! (1/31/2017) - Have a variety of books located around the house where your child can access them by him or herself.
Yoga Programming Update (1/22/2017) - Thank you so much to all of our patrons who supported our recent addition of yoga programs for children! We had great attendance and received wonderful feedback, so we’re going to make yoga part of our regular programming beginning in February! Baby Yoga on Wednesdays at 10am will replace Preschool Storytime, but don’t worry! There are … Continue reading Yoga Programming Update
Play With Your Child! (1/17/2017) - Act out a story together, using puppets, people or toys.  Drape a sheet over a few chairs to make a performance area.
Sing With Your Child! (1/10/2017) -      Play a variety of music at different times of the day.  Expose children to your favorites along with traditional children’s songs.
Write With Your Child! (1/3/2017) - Have writing implements accessible for children, including crayons, markers, pencils and a variety of paper, both lined and unlined.
Read With Your Child! (12/29/2016) - Have a variety of books located throughout the house where your child can access them by him or herself.