librarians need to buy new instructional toys for
our play area upstairs. We are seeking donations
from local area toy stores, but we need help from
our many patrons and parents, too! If you would
like to make a donation, please bring or send your
gift , designated for “toys,” to the library. All
gifts, large or small, will be appreciated more than
you can imagine – thank you!
Library Kits Offer Hands-On Fun
for All Ages
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the Library at 100 East German Street.
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
Regular Story Hours/Library Visits:
Beginning each year in September and January, our library offers a weekly story time for each of
groups: "Lap Babies and Ones," "Time for Twos,"
and "Threes, Fours
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,
University Nursery School, the local Montessori schools,
Trinity Church Treasure Kids, and other nearby schools.
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.