The Pflugerville Public Library offers two different story hours each week: one on Mondays and one on Thursdays. We also have baby time twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is also Pajama Storytime twice a month in the evening.
Libraries are expected to offer stories, and we already do; So this article is not about how many stories the library offers and when they are offered. Parents and carers can find this information on our online calendar of events at library.pflugervilletx.gov. Parents and carers rightly assume that when they take their kids to baby or story time, someone will be reading some cute picture books, singing fun songs, counting, talking about colors and maybe even reciting the alphabet.
This article looks at other resources available to parents of preschoolers. We would like to support you in making your children fit for kindergarten and a successful school life. In addition to the library collection of books and other materials for children under 5, we have electronic resources, programs and events that support the practices and components of early literacy that ensure every child’s success in school.
Through everyday routines and activities, parents develop their children’s phonemic, vocabulary, written, alphabetic and background knowledge. When you sing, talk, read and play together, you expand your little one’s vocabulary and develop their language and social skills. Painting, handicrafts and playing with building blocks promotes children’s fine motor skills. The library supports parents and caregivers in teaching these skills by providing resources to help them facilitate their children’s learning success.
Our Read-to-Me Bundles collection is designed to foster parent-caregiver bonding with children and bring the fairytale experience home. We have 50+ theme packs that include an activity sheet with ideas to do at home before, during and after reading. The book selection represents a variety of cultures, ethnicities and experiences that recognize the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Themes include cats, dogs, dinosaurs and more. This includes public holidays from around the world.
The “1,000 books before kindergarten” challenge for children up to 6 years old started in the library in September. Staff carefully planned activities to align with the Kindergarten Readiness Checklist prepared by the Pflugerville School District. All five pillars of literacy: singing, speaking, reading, writing and playing are supported as you reach your goal together.
Over the past 12 months, the library has been distributing 200 baby logbook kits with ideas on how best to read them at home with your little one. We will have 100 School Readiness Kits for children ages 3 and 4 ready for distribution by the end of November. We thank the Friends of the Pflugerville Library for their grant programs like this one.
Electronic resources are available free of charge once you log in to your online catalog account. If you set your Hoopla account to kids mode, you can find videos, music and books suitable for little ones. LOTE for Kids contains digital picture books in over 45 languages. MakeMake only offers books in Spanish. Scholastic Teachables is a database of thousands of printable learning materials like coloring pages, worksheets and more. TumbleBooks are animated talking picture books in English, Spanish and French.
For hands-on experiences, the library has some craft kits suitable for our youngest guests to explore under adult supervision. This includes a collection of early learning kits that introduce children to shapes, letters, colors, numbers and more.
As part of our regular program we have festivals and events for families with children. The sixth annual Library Con was held in September. In January there is again a winter festival and in spring there is a farm day. We are planning special guests again! We love having artists and teachers promoting music and the arts throughout the year. Occasionally we also have events with animals. Please visit our online calendar to view the offers.
Everyone is welcome in the library. If you require special accommodations to participate in a program or to browse our materials, please contact the library by phone at 512-990-6375 or email email@example.com. Remember that every day our staff will be happy to help you find the materials you are looking for. If you would like specific title suggestions, please fill out our book recommendation form online at library.pflugervilletx.gov/books-media/book-recommendations.
As our mission states, the library will continue to engage, inspire, inform and entertain our community with joy. Parents are the first and most important teachers their children will have. Reading to children leads to success in school. Taking your kids to the library can help them develop their love and respect for books. It’s a good idea to include the library in your weekly outings to browse and obtain books and participate in regular programs and special events.
Carmen Lazo is the administrator of children’s community programs at the Pflugerville Public Library.