Summer Olympic Crafts at Home
July 23rd begins the (Covid-delayed) Summer Olympics in Tokyo for 2021. Join in the festivities by crafting together at home. Olympic Activity sheet available for download from our website. Simple crafts and games for the whole family to engage and enjoy! FREE! Watch the Olympics each day from July 23 - through August 8th and the closing ceremonies.
Go for the Gold, America!
The Youth Services Department is a vibrant and whimsical space where young learners can explore, play, share, and grow. We curate curiosity in ages 0-18 with year-round programs, book suggestions, and information help. Come visit our story barn to play and explore. Do a scavenger hunt or work a puzzle. Use your imagination in creative role-play. Make a craft, color, or play checkers. We support literacy every day, especially through 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, 50 Books to Read in Kindergarten, Every Child Ready to Read, and school readiness programs. For Teens, grab a book, join TAB, attend Manga Club, play a game or hang with friends. Youth Services: where books are just part of the story!
For information on programs and storytimes, please contact the Youth Services Manager.
Library cards have no age requirement at SCPL! To obtain a library card for your child, please go to the Circulation Desk. Any child may obtain a card which is then linked to a parent card in our system.
Unattended Child Policy: Please do not leave your children unattended in the library. The library is a public place. For their safety, children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver, age 16 or older, who will maintain eye contact with the children. Library staff are not considered in loco parentis. All children and their caregivers are subject to the library’s Public Conduct Policy.
This program is currently virtual
Equipping your child to become an eager lifelong learner begins at birth. Our storytimes will model for you effective ways to share reading, music, and play-based learning that will greatly enhance your child’s early development. Come join us for stories, bouncing, singing, crafts and fun. No registration required.
Scott County Public Library Storytimes are typically hosted weekly and by age:
0-24 months Monday and Tuesdays at 9:30 AM
24-36 months Monday and Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
3-5+ years (International Family Storytime) Wednesday at 6:30 PM
3-5 years Preschool Storytime Thursdays at 10 and 11 AM
Storytime with "Do-It Yourself Craft"
Pink Piggy Storytime
Three Billy Goats Gruff Storytime
This program is currently virtual
Children ages 6 & up can drop by the children's activity room most Wednesdays at 3:30pm. They will explore their creative sides with a new art or craft project each week. Children must be able to use scissors, glue, permanent markers, and paints on their own, and follow directions. Smocks will be provided when needed to protect clothing. From Matisse cut-outs to building paper sculptures, our Creative Kids program builds little artists. Please keep an eye on our calendar for other fun art programs like our annual book parties, character-themed events, and Thinkers Group(a special arts-intensive). Need more information? Email Yolanda@scottpublib.org
Children ages 6-12 have plentiful opportunities to learn, know, gather, and grow at the Scott County Public Library. Check out our calendar of events for programs such as Books and Best Friends (1st and 3rd Saturdays), Creative Kids (Wednesdays), Tween Art (select Thursdays), Tween Crafternoons (select Fridays), Tween STEM Days (select Fridays), and more! And don’t forget that the library provides access to Tutor.com, which is available for free homework help from 2:00pm to midnight every day, as well as access to databases like Kentucky Virtual Library, Eric, ProQuest, and Encyclopedia Britannica. Contact the Youth Services manager or call (502) 863-3566 for more information.
Accelerated Reading (AR) programs, 40 Book Challenges, Battle of the Books…we've got you covered in Youth Services. Our online catalog provides lots of great information on our collection to help you find the perfect book. Or come in for a reader’s advisory chat with a librarian whenever we are open! Want eResources? Our website is open 24/7 for Hoopla, Overdrive, LIBBY, Lynda and much more. Check us out!
1,000 Books Read Before Kindergarten encourages reading at an early age. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before kindergarten. It takes patience, encouragement and lots of support from the family.
To get started, parents can keep track of all books read in methods such as, personal logs, Spreadsheet (Print PDF), or journals. When completed, turn in your sheet to the Youth Services to be recognized. The record of books your child has read can be a keepsake for them as they get older. The Scott County Public Library will recognize your child's achievement with books, a book bag, prizes, a certificate, and a picture to be posted on the website and social sites (with your consent) to honor their achievement.
So what are you waiting for? START READING!
Frequently Asked questions:
- Can you really expect to read 1,000 books to your child before kindergarten?
If you read only one bedtime story every night for three years you will have read: 365x3=1,095 books. If you read 10 books each week for two years, you will have read 1040. Just double that rate to do 1,000 books in one year. You can begin much earlier though, when your child is an infant!
- Do we have to read books from the Scott County Public Library?
No, you can read books from anywhere. The goal is that READING is made an essential and expected part of a child's life.
- I read the same book every night to my child. Can I count that book more than once?
Yes, write down the title each and every time you read the book. Repetition encourages learning narrative progression, but we encourage adding new and similar books for variety.
- I have more than one child I read to. Can I count the same title for each child?
Yes, you can. If one of your older children reads to their sibling, you can count that also.
- Can I count books that are read at Storytime?
Yes, just ask the youth services staff for the titles and the author's names.
- What about the books that my preschooler hears at school from the preschool teachers?
Yes, you can count those if they were read in their entirety and listened to all the way through.
- My child has an electronic device that reads the story. Does that count?
As long as your child listens to the entire story. You can count it.
- My child "reads" books to himself. Should I count those?
While it's great start to reading, if your child is only pretending to read, you shouldn't count it. If your child has memorized a book you read together recently and can read it themselves, then go ahead and count it.
If you have further questions about this program, please email the Youth Services Manager at: Roseann@scottpublib.org.
This program is currently virtual
Young readers are invited to "bone up" on their reading skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Recommended for ages is 4-12 years old; and children and adults with disabilities are welcome. Please speak with the Pawsibilities Unleashed representative for special accommodations or programming, or get more details from the Youth Services Manager.
Every First and Third Saturdays of the month at 2:00pm, Pawsibilities Unleashed brings certified and insured therapy dogs to the library for an hour of relaxation with some good books and you!
All Kits are available to checkout without the toys
The Library has all kinds of KITS that patrons can check-out and enjoy. Youth Services provides the following types of KITS which can be checked out for three weeks at a time:
ART Kits: Located in the J740 shelves, these kits will teach children how to create art like Eric Carle, Ezra Jack Keats, Leo Lionni, Denise Fleming, and more.
Science Kits: Located in tubs above the J500 shelves, these kits include a volcano, the human body, Boom Whackers, magnifiers and more.
STAR Kits: with over 80 to choose from, these kits come packed with books, DVDs, toys and a binder filled with craft ideas, songs to sing, and fingerplays to try. Some favorite kits are Dinosaurs; Mo Willems; My New Sibling; Dentist; Scaredy Squirrel; Llama Llama, and Pete the Cat for the preschool set. For School-aged children we have kits on Dragons, Pirates, Fibonacci Numbers and more.
Bilingual Game Kits: from Shapes and Patterns, to Critters, Counting, and Dressing Yourself, these self-contained bag kits are bilingual Eng/Spa and easy to play with the family.
Experience Kits: from learning to knit, play D&D or Magic the Gathering, to making a Darth Vader birthday cake (pan included!), we have kits to provide your family with a whole new experience. Not sure if you want to buy that board game? Try it out now from the library!
Summer Reading is for all ages! Every June – August, we celebrate summer with books, programs, crafts, and great prizes. The theme this year is “Tails & Tales,” and we will explore all things to do with animals and stories. Check back soon for more details.
We'll highlight topics of interest and share ideas that matter to you and your children. Have a story to share? Send me an email at email@example.com.
Why WORDLESS picture books matter
Wordless Picture Books for youngsters are just as important as books with words. Here’s why: your child’s emergent literacy skills are reinforced and they allow your child to practice lots of important skills. Some of these important literacy skills include: How books work; “reading” from left to right, front to back. Concepts of plot (what happens) and characters (who is the story about). Vocabulary! They get to choose their own words, and try out new words, and make sentences, and talk about stories, and ask questions…. about the book and its pictures. Inferring and predicting: these are NEW SKILLS for young children (that can be reinforced through STEM experiments like “if-then”: if the ball is on top of a hill and I let go, it will roll down the hill) Comprehension and summarizing skills- if your child can narrate a story once or twice and they like it, chances are they will memorize it, change it up, make it personal, and re-tell it to family and friends- all BIG skills!
That’s a lot of literacy happening in books that have no words!
But parents must be there at the start to encourage and help teach these skills. Don’t be afraid. You don’t have to be Mr. Rogers or Dr. Seuss to tell a good story! Chances are, you can use wordless picture books to make lots of wonderful stories with your child, a shared experience that you won’t soon forget! Check out a wordless picture book today. We have a special box of selected new wordless picture books at the end of our XYZ shelves. Or check the catalog for “books without words”. Or maybe grab a book from this: List of amazing Wordless (or One-word) Picture Books to try today.
-Rainstorm, by Barbara Lehman
-The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney
-Flotsam, by David Wiesner
-Float, by Daniel Miyares
-A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka
-Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle
-Journey, by Aaron Becker
-Flashlight, by Lizi Boyd
-The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs
-Wolf in the Snow, by Matthew Cordell
-Red Sled, by Lita Judge
-Truck, by Donald Crews
-Pancakes for Breakfast, by Tomie de Paola
-Goodnight Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
-Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage
-Chalk, by Bill Thomson
Book Leveling: Are you “On the Level?” Or does it really matter, after all?
Are you the parent of a child learning to read? Do you have a struggling reader? A reluctant reader? Then chances are you have heard about book “reading levels” and have been given a target level, number level, or letter range for books for your child to be reading. With all the different leveling systems- from Scholastic to Fountas to AR to Lexile- how do you know if your child is reading at the appropriate level?
First of all, you should know that Reading Levels are a tool for the teacher; reading levels are NOT ‘labels’ for your child. Your child will probably read at three to five different reading levels in the first two-three years of school alone. “Reading level” is a combination of word recognition, reading fluency, and eye/mouth coordination and reading confidence. These change constantly. Even daily!
Second, all children read at different levels, at different ages, and some read better in more conversational fiction stories, but some read better in graphic novel, where text is short or in bubbles. Some prefer non-fiction, and would read about dinosaurs for hours over reading one chapter of Charlotte’s Web. Some kids like telling stories from pictures, where they can show off their vocabulary, better than reading.
This is GOOD. This is NORMAL. They are still reading, and enjoying books and words, after all!
Third, and as a prior blog mentioned, building vocabulary by reading picture books, non-fiction and graphic novels will help your child become a better reader in future. The key is, they will gravitate towards books they LIKE and ENJOY, and balk at reading books that seem boring, have too many words, have not enough pictures, or may seem challenging, even if they are not.
Parents: finding the sweet spot is your goal! You, too, must be an active reader.
So, you have your teacher’s suggested reading level in hand- now what?
The Scott County Public Library does NOT level all it’s books. Our search catalog does provide AR level/test points for most children’s books which is helpful. But, we do separate out collections by age. Searching the correct collection, we do have our room divided up to help parents find “just-right” books for any reader. We can also provide you a level-conversion-table to translate your level into AR if you desire. Here is an example of our color labeling system:
- Books for Tweens (ages 8-12y) have a purple spine label
- Books in Juvenile Graphic Novel format have a blue spine label
- Books in Juvenile Series (ages 5-10y) have an orange spine label
- Our Easy-Reader collections for learning to read have spine labels that are:
- Pink (level K-1); Blue (level 1-2); and Gold (level 2-3)
- Picture books are for ALL ages.
- Juvenile Non-Fiction is for all ages.
The books are labeled based upon the text complexity, number of words per page, and number of rare words and content. Sometimes our level differs from what the publisher uses. And sometimes our levels may differ from what you may agree is the correct level. Open the book and see what your reader thinks first, before dismissing a book.
Fourth, the best way to find a just-right book is to read a few pages of each book with your child and do the simple 5-finger test*. (Once you find a series or author you like, go from there to select further titles.)
Have your child read to you the first few pages of the book, and put a finger up for every word that:
- child does not know
- child cannot pronounce, even after being told
- child doesn’t understand the words
- When you have four fingers up, or five, that book is too difficult! Skip it!
- When you have just one finger or two, that book is pretty good for reading fluency! It might be too easy on repeat, though.
- When you have three fingers up, that should be just right, not too easy, not too hard. Practice reading that book a few times, but add in easier books, wordless books, non-fiction and humorous books, too.
(Very scientific, I know!)
Repetition is good! Reading a chosen book once alone, and again with an adult can help. And parents, don’t forget to use different voices, funny sounds and accents where needed, and make reading fun.
And finally: don’t panic! Even if you are still reading picture books with your 7 year old- that is GREAT! They are learning lots of great vocabulary (rare words) and storytelling basics (beginning-middle-end) as well as feeling nurtured by their adults. These are very good things. Late reader? Early reader? Slow reader? Fast reader? These are labels that all become irrelevant if you just consider that your child is still reading! There is no ‘right’ age or ‘right’ reading level except the one that fits your child. So while reading levels are great for a start, and for teachers to keep track of a classroom full of readers, remember that your child is not a level, they are a child reading at that level-- for now-- and there is plenty room to grow!
Keep encouraging your reader, don’t compare them. Leave books where they can find them. Use books as rewards. Find books on topics your child enjoys. Read to them constantly. And don’t worry about the level; they will “level up” on their own and with your positive, consistent support.
Happy Reading, and I hope you are now in the know, and on the level with leveling! Need more support? Ask a children’s librarian for help finding just-right books today!
Levels: a comparison chart for AR, Lexile, Guided Reading & DRA
Reading for Feelings
June is recognized as Pride Month, and beginning June 15, we will also observe National Refugee Week. The experiences of the LGBTQ+ community as well as the struggles and suffering of refugees are considered by some to be inappropriate topics for children. So why even bring these topics up or address them in books for children? Let me share briefly with you why I think it is important.
One of the great purposes for reading fiction is to let us walk intimately in someone else’s shoes – someone of a different race or ethnicity, someone of a different gender or sexual orientation, someone from a different country or just someone with a different life experience. Good fiction immerses us in someone else’s perspective for the hours we spend inside the pages of that person’s story.
For young people who are still learning about who they are and who they want to be, fiction is so formative! Reading a good novel allows them to see life a little more broadly, helping them to grow into adults with greater empathy and compassion, understanding that everyone experiences life differently. In a time of tense and deep divisions between groups of people – empathy, compassion and a deeper understanding: these are tools that will help our kids bridge these divisions as they grow into young adults. Need recommendations? Our staff is always ready to help!
It’s Time for SUMMER READING! A brief suggestion for how to help your child make the most of their reading hours this summer.
Does your child only want to read: Comic books? The same series over and over and over? Goosebumps, Captain Underpants, or similarly silly stuff? And worst of all…books below their grade level or reading ability?
Well…maybe you should let them!! It’s summer and reading should be recreational, fun, an excellent way to pass long lazy days. But, parents and caregivers – don’t tell your kids, but this type of reading is also a very, very good way to strengthen their reading skills. It may seem like a waste of time, but it is really like exercise. They may have read Dogman 100 times. Their reading level may be 2 grades above The Magic Tree House. But, this type of reading, aside from being enjoyable and relaxing, also increases speed, agility and comprehension. And it does all these good things while setting aside the notion that reading is work and reinforcing that reading is fun.
I know as parents you want your children to challenge themselves and to grow as readers. But I encourage you to let your child choose what they want to read. Giving them this freedom will help them grow into stronger, more proficient readers, making them better students, and happily, ultimately, into people who love to read.
As always, the staff here in the Youth Services Department is here to help. We all read a lot of the books on our shelves and are happy to help your child as they are looking for something good to read.
Happy summer and happy reading!
“ Rare words? They’re in the books!”
Did you know? There is a new word “born” every 98 minutes! Think of the words and phrases we hear today: ‘podcast’ ‘Bitcoin’ ‘makerspace’ or ‘social distancing’. Did your grandparents ever use those words? Did you know? …that YOU use approximately 20,000 words, routinely, throughout your lifetime….out of ALL the possible words there are to use in the English Language? It’s true. It’s really true! Just 20,000 words is the average person’s life-long vocabulary. If you are not using work-specific jargon all the time (like “acceleration” if you are a mechanic, or “spreadsheet” if you are an accountant), then you are using the same few thousands of words each and every day. So how are our children going to learn about the vast numbers of OTHER words that are out there? Want to guess? No! Not by reading the dictionary- that’s just boring!
Words—more importantly “Rare Words”- are found in picture books, non-fiction, and even graphic novels.
Children need to hear LOTS of words to become good readers, and if they have heard a word before, it’s easier to sound out, spell, and remember. These repeated words become part of their vocabulary storehouse. That’s why it’s OKAY to let a child read their favorite books over and over and over again. They’re building word confidence and fluency. When reading picture books to, or with, your child they may hear words such as troll, lighthouse, footbridge, avenger, alligator, kerchief, narwhal, potion, Jedi, cape, pangolin, meadow, twinkle, superpowers… How often in daily conversation do YOU say these words to other adults? To your children? The truth is, you don’t. So without reading picture books (many of which use 10-12 rare words each!) and graphic novels and non-fiction books, your child will not be exposed to as much vocabulary as they could …and should. So grab some picture books, comic books, fairy tales and even those crazy world records books, and learn a few hundred new words with your children this week! You can do it! Leveled readers and old favorites are great for building reading fluency and confidence in children, but nothing beats bonding with your child over pictures books and some new rare words to spark good discussion.