The Children's Library
One of the library's greatest assets, the Children's Library is a large, inviting, childproof space on the first
floor. It houses thousands of books at all children's reading levels, from board books to juvenile fiction and
non-fiction. It also features an outstanding collection of Caldecott and Newberry Medal award-winning books as well
as audiobooks to check out.
Feel free to contact us at [email protected]
or at (931) 648-8826 ext. 61413.
List of Children's Programming
Baby and Me Lapsit (pre-walkers) program
This program is designed for infants from birth up until
they begin walking. This program brings caregivers and infants together in the
library and offers them an opportunity to enjoy a special sharing time together
promoting and modeling early literacy.
Infants sit on their parent’s lap and interact with them while enjoying
songs, music, bounce rhymes, play rhymes, free play and books designed with
babies in mind! We provide age appropriate programing and ask that no older
children accompany the caregiver and baby in this program.
Walk with Me (walkers) program
This program is designed for toddlers
that are walking and under the age of two. This program allows toddlers to explore
language and books with their caregivers in a fun and intimate setting.
Programs include rhymes, songs, circle games and books as well as time for free
play and informal discussion of early childhood development. We provide age
appropriate programing and ask that parents bring only the appropriate age
child with them to the program.
- Busy Bees for 2’s and 3’s program
This program is designed for children ages 2 and 3 years old, to be an
interactive program for parent and child.
It is important that the child stay on their parent’s or care giver’s
lap, or cuddled near them during the program.
Books with brightly colored pictures, songs, finger plays, and music are
used to make this time as rewarding and instructive as possible. Parents and
their children two years through three years old should attend this program
without older or younger siblings.
- Just for Me 4’s and 5’s
This program is designed for children ages 4 and 5 years old. We incorporate the
use of music and movement as well as offering the best in children’s books and
storytelling. We have a craft or an art
activity as part of this program. To
help create an independent learning experience, children should attend this
program alone, while the parent or care giver waits in the Children’s Library.
Parents are welcome to join during the craft or art activity.
- Family Story Time programs
This program features stories centered on a specific theme that will cover
a wide range of ages. Families with
children of varied ages will find this program the ideal way to enjoy the
library together. Family story time
programs are offered twice a week to ensure that families with children of
multiple ages are given the opportunity to attend a library program with their
- Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library
This program is a parent education initiative. This training will
provide the primary adults in a child’s life with information about the
importance of early literacy and tips on how to nurture pre-reading skills at
home. Children are welcome to attend with their parents. These programs are
offered at various times throughout the year and are part of the American
Library Association and the Public Library Association’s initiative, Every Child Ready to Read @ Your
Sensory Story Time
- !Hola! Bilingual Story Time
This program is a program presented in both English and Spanish. Brightly
colored picture books, songs, and music are used to make this time as much fun
as possible. In addition to the stories, the children also learn numbers and colors
in Spanish and English and learn songs to help reinforce their new language
skills. Studies have shown that children who learn foreign
languages show improved critical thinking skills, problem solving
skills and creativity, as well as higher scores on both verbal and math
sections of standardized tests. In addition to the cognitive
benefits, Bilingual Storytime also promotes social interaction and
helps children develop cultural competence. These story times offer the early literacy and school
readiness needs of Latino children and give children who only speak English the
opportunity to be immersed in a second language.
This program is geared for
children who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or
are sensitive to sensory overload. We will use picture books, songs, movement,
and a sensory activity to engage all five senses in learning. Sensory
friendly aspects include using a visual schedule, balance cushions for seating,
lowered sound, sensory fidgets and a small group size. Children will have the freedom to move around during the
end with open play time to provide opportunities to socialize for both children
and parents. Pre-registration is preferred to help maintain an effective and
engaging environment for the children during the program. Contact the
children’s department to register, 931-648-8826 or email [email protected].
WHY WE HAVE AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR OUR PROGRAMS
While family programs are open to all ages, most programs
have a specific age range for admittance into the program. We adhere to what is
referred to as Developmentally Appropriate Programming (DAP) and use our
experience with early childhood development to create programming that is
suitable, stimulating, and appropriate for each age range of child development. As all of our programs require
and development, we ask that parents follow the age ranges assigned to each
program so we can provide appropriate, quality programming. Establishing age
ranges allows us to practice DAP within a format that works with our weekly
repetition of programs, staffing, and record of high attendance. We recognize
there are a variety of reasons why a parent may want a child to attend a
program that is outside of their age range, but we adhere to the age ranges in
order to maintain quality and fairness to all. Developmentally age appropriate
programs are proven in research to help children succeed and we are committed to
promoting literacy and educational development within our weekly early
childhood programs. Further questions can be referred to the Library Assistant
Director, Christina Reidel.
*Read more about Developmentally Appropriate Programming
(DAP) by visiting the National Association for the Education of Young Children
website at http://www.naeyc.org/DAP.