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Toddler Friends 1,2,3

Registration Required

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Once a month on Saturdays at 10:15

Sep. 6th
Oct. 4th
Nov. 1st
Dec. 6th
Jan. 3rd
Feb. 7th
Mar. 7th
Apr. 4th
May 2nd

Meets in the Secret Garden.

For children ages 18 months-3 years and their parent, granndparent, or caregiver.

An adult must attend the session with the child.

At Toddler Friends, children, parents, and caregivers come together to participate in center based learning.

Centers/stations are developed to help toddlers develop skills they need in preparation for future success in school.

After cleaning up as a group we will come together for a story, music and finger plays.

Families receive age appropriate materials at every session and a parent page full of ideas to take home.



Registration Required

Mondays from 6:30-7:30 pm

Meets in the Secret Garden


February 2: Social Skills

February 9: Color Recognition

February 16: Class will not meet-Library Closed for President's Day

February 23: Shape Recognition

March 2: Letter Recognition

March 9: Number Recognition

March 16: Counting

March 23: Class will not meet-DeKalb Central's Spring Break

March 30: Vocabulary

April 6: Writing


To receive the most from this program, attendance at every session is strongly encouraged.


beginINbooks is a program designed to encourage the development and improvement of skills that children need as they begin kindergarten.


Registration is required and open to those children who are eligible to enter kindergarten in the Fall of 2015.


Each weekly session will include book sharing, rhyme time, games, singing and crafts, allowing the children to work on gross and fine motor skills as well as develop listening and cooperation skills.   


Every child will receive an educational manipulative to take home with them each week that relates to the target skill. There will also be an assignment to complete and return the following week.


During the last 15 minutes of each
session, while the children are working on a craft project, parents are encouraged to meet with a professional educator. This will give parents time to ask questions and gain a better understanding of what they can do at home to encourage their children and reinforce skills covered in the program.


Remember, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Anything you can do to promote learning will make a big difference in the life of your child. 



At The Library After School

No Registration Required


Every Thursday starting in September

During The School Year

Fun, Educational Programs For Grades K-5

3-3:45 pm.

Secret Garden or the Close Community Room on the 2nd Floor

Book Clubs will be held in the Secret Garden

If schools are delayed for 3 hours there will still be an after school special. The program will start at 3:30 instead of 3:00.