Pictured Above:  Paul Woods, Shepherdstown Rotary Club President,

Melissa Holman, Director of the Day Care Center, Lillian Bauer, Children's

Librarian, and Peter Smith, Rotary Club Vocational Service Committee Chair


Through the warm and extraordinary generosity of the Shepherdstown Rotary Club ("Rotary Reads") and Friends of the Shepherdstown Library, the “Book in a Bag” program, collaboratively run by the Shepherdstown Day Care Center and Public Library Children’s Department, can now be expanded to reach the more than 80 children currently enrolled at the Day Care Center. Each organization has donated $500 to augment this important program that encourages Day Care Center parents to read to their children at home on a regular basis.  The children will receive a take-home bag that includes an age-appropriate book and other materials. For younger children, these materials include toys and activities related to the book's theme, and older children receive a reading journal. Parents receive an informational packet that includes tips for reading to children at various developmental stages, an overview of the benefits of reading to children, a "read aloud" contract, and a library-card application for each child.  Books are selected by the Shepherdstown Public Library's Children's Librarian, and the bags are assembled and distributed by Day Care Center staff.




Join the Children's Department West Virginia Reads 150+ reading challenge!


Team Name:  Story Time Readers

Team Leader:  Lillian Bauer, Children's Librarian

Estimated Number of Team Members:  105 +



Our Story Time Readers caterpillar has morphed into a colorful butterfly!  What does this mean?

We have finished our first 150 books!


We're now working on our second caterpillar that will grow with

every new book we read!



Library Kits Offer Hands-On Fun

for All Ages


The Shepherdstown Library is pleased to announce that there are eight kits available in the Children’s Department, each of which may be borrowed for three weeks. The newest kit is our “Nature in Winter Explorer Pack,” with eight paperbacks plus an activity book compiled by Suzanne Taylor of PVAS, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, with funds from the Nora Roberts Foundation. With glow-in-the-dark winter constellations, instructions for identifying animal tracks and ideas for feeding wild birds, it offers plenty of reasons to be outdoors in winter. Other PVAS packs include “Backyard Habitats,” with pocket guides to urban wildlife, West Virginia birds, and more; a “Reptiles and Amphibians” backpack with field guides as well as songs, puzzles, and craft ideas; and an “Insect Explorer Pack,” with magnifying viewers, a net, a scavenger hunt bandana, and more. Two plastic totes are also available: the “Bird Explorer Teachers Kit” has an electronic birdsongs identifier, twelve binoculars, posters, and lots more supplies for a class. The “Insect Explorer Teachers Kit” has a card game, a clip art CD, and allows students to view the world through “bug eyes.” For anyone interested in geocaching and letterboxing, we offer an “Explore WV Library Geo-kit,” which includes a GPS device.

There is still space available for children to attend our free weekly programs for infants through age twelve, continuing through May 22.  

For more information, call us at (304) 876-2783, email splchild@martin.lib.wv.us, or visit the Library at 100 East German Street.


Language Immersion Story Time

Courtesy of the Shepherd University Language Department


Join us for story time in either French or Spanish twice a month.  This free program is open to children ages 0-5 years.  Shepherd University Language students will conduct a story hour, completely in French or Spanish, for a full immersion learning experience.  There will be a French Immersion Story Time for infants though second graders on Monday, February 3 at 4 pm and a Spanish Immersion Story Time on Monday, February 10, also at 4 pm. If you have previously registered your child for one or both of these free monthly programs, which include a story and a craft, there is no need to do so again.


Please visit the Children’s department, call (304-876-2783)

or email splchild@martin.lib.wv.us to register.



The role of the children's department of the Shepherdstown Public Library is to provide a "Children's Gateway to Learning." In this spirit, the SPL Children's Library maintains a close relationship with the schools and provides the following services to the children of our community:



Regular Story Hours/Library Visits:



Beginning each year in September and January, our library offers a weekly story time for each of these groups: "Lap Babies and Ones," "Time for Twos," and "Threes, Fours and Fives."

Weekly after-school story hour and crafts are for students 5-12 years old.

Story hours and visits are provided for the Shepherdstown Day Care Center, the Shepherd University Nursery School, the local Montessori schools, Trinity Church Treasure Kids, and other nearby schools.


Miscellaneous Visits

The library welcomes visits from homeschoolers, scout troops, Shepherdstown Elementary School students, and field trips from other schools. With FOSL support, the Library brings in professional storytellers whose performances are provided to the public free of charge. The library also serves the many elementary, junior high and high school students who come in search of reference materials for writing contests, science fairs, social studies fairs, and classroom reports. These children have access not only to our collection, but to interlibrary loans and Internet resources, as well. The children's department is also frequently used by Shepherd University students in the field of education.





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