Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Drop-in Programs!

We know how busy the winter can get for families. That’s why we’re offering brand new drop-in programs! Stop in after school with your children for a variety of fun activities like puzzles, legos, and coloring. The activities start at 4pm, but you can drop in over the next hour to start when YOU are ready! This is a great way to keep kids active during the cold weather and a great chance for you to engage and bond with your child!

Librarian Book Club: How to Steal a Dog

Librarian Book Club is back in session! This time, we're reccomending a book from a program we conducted called Novel Club.

Novel Club wasn't your run of the mill book club. Instead, kids met weekly to read the book TOGETHER and discuss it as we read. This worked really well for reluctant readers and highlighted the children's library's commitment to "social reading." What's that? Well, just as you would gather your friends together to watch a movie, we encouraged kids to gather together to read a book. The vibe was super casual: kids ate snacks, asked questions, and chatted as they went. This helped kids see reading as a fun, everyday thing (like watching a movie), rather than a super studious school-related activity.

Long story short: one of our favorite books from Novel Club was this one...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tree Time

Have you had a chance to check out our tree in the children's library? To welcome our superfriends who are visiting on December 17 at 12:30, we've donned our tree with superhero ornaments and a special star! Stop in to join the fun!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Have a "Super" Holiday!

Are you ready to have a "super" holiday? Your favorite superheroes are stopping in for a holiday hello! Meet Batman, Raven, Deadpool and MANY more of your favorite superheroes! These super friends were a big hit at last summer's Comic Con and now they're back to celebrate the season!

Librarian Book Club: The Princess in Black

Librarian Book Club is back! Today we're talking about a fun book that mixes two of our favorite things: princesses and superheros.

Do you have a kid whose reading level is stuck between easy books and novels? It can be difficult to find a book that bridges that gap. But have no fear: Shannon & Dean Hale's series "The Princess in Black" is here for the rescue! This series' design helps meet the needs of developing readers with easy text and illustrations done in a chapter book format to help guide your reader to he next level.

Don't let the word "princess" in the title throw you off: This is a great pick for both girls and boys. Try it out...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Homeschool Programs for Winter 2017

It's that time again! Our schedule of new Homeschool Programs for the new year is here! After seeing the results of our survey, we've come up with programs that best suit your needs as homeschoolers. We've even added teen programming! Thank you for your feedback and check out our new programs for 2017: 

Friday, December 2, 2016

December is here!

December is here! Check out all of our FREE programs to help you feel festive for the winter!

Holiday highlights include:
  • Batman, Raven, and Deadpool are stopping by for a holiday hello. Meet them, have your photo taken,and much more on Saturday, December 17 at 12:30 pm!
  • Sing your favorite carols at a very special Sing-Along Storytime featuring your favorite holiday songs! Thursday, December 15 at 4 pm!
  • Celebrate the season at our Winter Party full of crafts and activities on Wednesday, December 21 at 4 pm!
  • Need something to do on your winter break? Stop in to watch new movie releases at the library December 27-29 at 2 pm!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Babies Need Words

Just a reminder: Even though your baby doesn't talk yet doesn't mean he or she doesn't need to hear you talk, sing, or read. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Puppet Kits!

An exciting new addition to our library collection: puppet kits! Parents, teachers, and librarians (or just your average puppet fan!) can add some fun to bedtime stories and classes with our puppet kits featuring both storybooks and non-fiction books!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kids Vote!

Did you vote in the election yet? No, not that election. Our election! Kids will get to decide one of the most brutal political battles of our time:
Voting starts at Crafty Corner on November 2 at 4 pm. Read the arguments for each pastry and vote for your favorite
The winner will be announced (and eaten) at Crafty corner on November 7 at 4 pm. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday Storytimes!

Saturday Storytimes!
YOU demanded more storytimes and we answered!
Join us on Saturdays for more books, crafts, and songs!

Books & Babies is back on Saturday, November 5 at 12:30 pm
The time to start reading to your baby is NOW! Not sure how to start? Miss Kim will show you how it’s done at this storytime made especially for babies AND parents.

Sing-Along Storytime is making a comeback on Saturday, November 12 at 12:30 pm
For kids in pre-K through 1st grade songs play an important part in learning literacy skills. Help foster those skills by joining Miss Hannah in learning new songs, rhythms, and rhymes!

November at the library!

We're deep into Fall! Time for stories and crafts at your library! Check out all of the new storytimes for November. Find the right one for your schedule and join us!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Librarian Book Club: The One and Only Ivan

Obviously, working in a library has its perks. We always get to take amazing books home to read and share with our customers.
But which books do we like the best?
Which ones do we like the least?
That's what we discuss at Librarian Book Club.

Looking for a great animal story that is about to become a blockbuster movie? Look no further...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Corny Joke Corner

Got a good joke? We have a special little Corny Joke Corner in the children's library, just in time for some fall fun. Read the corny jokes or find one for us to add!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Adopted Reading Buddies!

Check out all of the reading buddies that have already been adopted! These kids completed an "adoption booklet" of fun pre-literacy activities in order to adopt a reading buddy from the library! Now these buddies have forever homes and our readers have new best friends.

Do you want to be a part of this successful program? Click here to download the adoption booklet of pre-literacy activities!

This program is for ages 2-8 and will last until December 2, 2016.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

October Programs

Ready to "fall" in love with some good books?
October is right around the corner! Join us at the library for some fall-themed fun.
Click on a calendar for a close-up of all the free programs we offer families:

  • Our "Adopt a Reading Buddy" program is in full swing! Parents have told us how much fun kids are having filling on the "adoption booklet" of literacy activities. Click here to start the fun: Adopt a Reading Buddy @ RPL  

  • "Block Heads," our building program, has moved to Thursdays after school. October 6 and 20 at 4 pm. 

  • Million Youth Chess Club's Mr. Bud is back to teach you how to play chess. Already know how to play? Challenge Mr. Bud! He's a tough player! October 3 and 24 at 4 pm.  

  • "Mom 2 Mom" will have another session to discuss motherhood and parenting tips. It's hosted by everyone's favorite librarian, Miss Jeanette on October 22 at 12:30. 

  • Love the sounds of autumn? The Reading Philharmonic Orchestra will be hosting their annual Halloween Concert featuring spooky songs and catchy tunes, it's a great way to introduce the orchestra to your child. October 29 at Noon. 

  • On Halloween itself, you're invited to our costume storytime featuring activities and crafts for the holiday. October 31 at 4pm. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Librarian Book Club: The Nest

Librarians read hundred of books every year. But what do we really think about the books we read? Which ones did we like the best...or the least? Find out now at the Librarian Book Club...

Looking for a spooky book to enjoy with your middle schooler? The Librarian Book Club has a pick for you! Try out "The Nest" and see what the buzz is about!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mom 2 Mom

Calling all moms!

The children's library has a program just for you! Join us for an informal chat group to discuss motherhood, parenting tips, and much more. Hosted by everyone's favorite librarian, Miss Jeanette, who has a dozen years experience providing literacy outreach to BCIU Headstart classrooms, was the recipient of the Dr. Marcia Q. McCrae Service to Youth Award, a Dave. J Roberts EXCEL award for children's programming winner, and has won several Pennsylvania Library Association Best Practices awards and multiple Berks County Public Libraries Outstanding Program honors. She currently serves as the children's art programmer at the Reading Public Library.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Adopt a Reading Buddy!


The library is housing dozens of animal reading buddies that need good homes!

How can YOU help?

Complete our adoption booklet of activities so that you’ll be ready to be a good reader to your buddy!

Once you're done, you’ll get to choose a reading buddy to adopt!

You’ll also be entered into a contest to win the biggest reading buddy of them all, Teddy, a 4ft. tall teddy bear that loves to read!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Growing Up Girl

Move over, Anne of Green Gables! Watch out, American Girls! There are some awesome new girls on the book shelves that kids are reading—and they are all featured in comic books!

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
The author's true story of dental drama helped popularize the graphic novel memoir in classrooms around the nation. After a bad fall, young Raina spends years in and out of braces, retainers, and the dentist’s chair. On top of that she has to deal with crushes, unfriendly friends, and getting ready for junior high. This comic also won an Eisner Award, the top prize for comics and graphic novels.
In the sequel, Sisters, Raina paints a portrait of her difficult relationship with her annoying sister. Both stories are well written and drawn to perfection, but what’s really great about these books is that they never speak down to the kids reading them.

El Deafo by Cece Bell
El Deafo, a 2015 Newberry Honor Winner, tells the story of the author’s hearing difficulties that led her to wearing “the phonic ear,” a huge clunky device that gives her really good hearing. In fact, she’s even hearing things she shouldn’t be hearing: whispered gossip, teachers' private moments, and even her own friends' secrets. Will El Deafo use this new “superpower” for good…or evil?

Tomboy by Liz Prince
For all the girls who dream of being Jedi instead of princesses, Liz Prince’s autobiography about being the only girl in town creating her fashion statements from the boys’ clothing racks hits home in a big way. Uncomfortable in dresses and anxiously body conscious, young Liz decides to take herself out of the female equation and don boys' clothes that match her “boy” interests like comics, Star Wars, and rock music. Is it a phase or can she find a way to express who she is without worrying about gender hang-ups? 

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
This very serious teen book inexplicably received a Newberry honor, a distinction usually given to books found in the picture book bins. This comic book masterpiece features two tween girls learning the ropes of womanhood by watching the neighborhood boys chase after the teen girls they’ll soon become. The Tamaki cousins create a brutally honest portrait of what it is truly like to grow up girl.