Saturday, August 12, 2006

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Starting kindergarten this fall? Come to our Welcome to Kindergarten party! Children will hear stories about kindergarten and create a 'back to school' craft, while parents talk with Kindergarten teacher Sharon Hinchey. Mrs. Hinchey will talk about what to expect on that first day, and now to better prepare yourself and your child for a more pleasant school experience. There is no charge for this program but please make a reservation as space is limited.

The welcome party is on Monday, August 21, 2006 at 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Youth Services Department at the Osterhout Free Library.

Call the Youth Services Desk at 823-0156 Ext. 217 to register for the fun!

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Carole Moyer's all-day kindergarten class eagerly raises their hands to answer a question after she drew a rectangle on the board at her school in Columbus, Ohio, in May, 2002. Ohio is one of 12 states that require children to attend kindergarten at least a half day. The state funds all-day programs only for districts with average or below-average poverty levels. (AP Photo/Daphne Davis, File)
Leanne Grace, Director of the Rainbow Hill School and Liz Jordan, Director of the Wyoming Valley United Way's Success by 6 Initative will introduce parents to the parent activity guide developed by the Department of Education and the Department of Welfare. Each participant will recieve a copy of the guide that is filled with fun activities to give your child the foundation for positive and happy future school experiences. Children will be treated to a storytime session that will focus on early learning skills.

Join us Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The program is free of charge, but registration is necessary. This program is designed for children who will be starting kindergarten in 2007 and their parents. Please call the Youth Services Desk at 823-0156 Ext. 217 if you would like to attend.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Butterfly Guy

Hope you didn't miss the great night of fun on Wednesday August 2nd! The Butterfly Guy, Rick Mikula provided a very interesting and fun filled presentation on butterflies. Here is he dressed as one!

Attention Child Care Providors

The Osterhout Free Library is pleased to announce a new opportunity for Child Care Providors for gain 2 hours of TQAS/PQAS credits at our newest early literacy training course. We will cover various storytelling techniques and how to apply for three key literacy levels. We will highlight new books and help in planning your curriculum.

Storytelling For Early Literacy takes place on Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please call the Youth Services Department at 823-0156 Ext. 217. Please register by Thursday, August 24, 2006.

Ever wonder what it takes to be a guide dog? Did you know that only special breeds of dogs can qualify as guide dogs? Did you know that you could take care of a puppy who will grow up to be a guide dog?

Come meet some guide dog puppies and their owners on Monday August 7, 2006 at 10-11:00 a.m. to find out more exciting information. Kaitlyn Makara and members of the Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club will be here to talk about guide dogs and display their talents.

Please contact the Youth Services Department at 823-0156 Ext. 217 for more information and to sign up.