Friday, January 26, 2018

Let’s get takeout….Storytime Takeout!

Have you ever wished you could duplicate the fun and excitement of a library storytime, but didn’t really know where to start? We’ve got a parenting hack for you: get takeout.

With support from the FCPL Friends and Advocates, Forsyth County Public Library created Storytime Takeout, a new collection of kits designed to help you read, sing, and play at home, in preschool classrooms, and virtually anywhere.

What’s in a Storytime Takeout kit?

Each kit is based on a theme and contains five books, a puppet, and additional manipulatives such as puzzles or kid-friendly instruments. The kit also contains a handy activity guide with songs, rhymes, finger plays, activity ideas, and suggestions for additional reading. Kit contents are organized into large, zippered canvas tote bags for easy carrying.

What themes are available?

The Storytime Takeout collection launched in January 2018 with a set of 12 themes: Bugs, Colors, Community Helpers, Dinosaurs, Farms, Friends, Letters, Monsters, Music, Numbers, Silly Stories, and Transportation.

How do I check out a Storytime Takeout kit?

If you’re at the library, ask a staff member for assistance with checking out a Storytime Takeout kit. Kits cannot be checked out at a self-check station.

If you’re browsing the Storytime Takeout collection in the online catalog, you can place a hold on a kit by logging in with your library card account. Then, pick up your Storytime Takeout kit at the Ask Us desk and staff member will check it out for you.

We hope you enjoy Storytime Takeout and find these materials beneficial in building early literacy skills and sharing the joy of reading.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Clifford the Big Red Dog Helps Families Kick Off Reading Resolutions

It’s that time of year when nearly everyone is thinking about making a new year’s resolution. For parents and families resolving to spend more quality time with their young children, Forsyth County Public Library has a bit of advice: read.

Sophia celebrated her 300-book reading
 milestone at the Cumming Library.
Her grandmother lifts her up to point out
the commemorative photo taken at her
200-book milestone.
“Not only is reading aloud with children a wonderful way to snuggle up and share a good story, but it’s also one of the best ways to prepare a young child for learning to read when they enter kindergarten,” says Outreach and Program Manager Tracy Walker.

In addition to encouraging families to make a resolution to read in 2018, the library will host a series of three early literacy events featuring beloved children’s book character Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Clifford will visit special 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytimes on Tuesday, January 2 at 11:15 a.m. at the Post Road Library, on Wednesday, January 3 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cumming Library, and Thursday, January 4 at 11:15 a.m. at the Hampton Park Library.

All three events are free and are designed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers up to age five, with a caregiver.

“Each of these 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytimes will feature Clifford stories, songs, and crafts, as well as a chance for the children to meet Clifford. We believe that learning begins at home, so we’ll also be sharing practical reading tips that families can incorporate into everyday activities they’re already doing,” explains Walker.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a state-wide early literacy initiative led by Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) to help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the pre-reading skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Research cited by GPLS indicates that a significant number of Georgia’s students are entering kindergarten without the early literacy skills required to become independent readers, and children that have trouble reading are more likely have trouble learning new skills and concepts.

“Seeing a familiar book character in real life is a treat for most children and it sparks their continuing interest in reading, so we’re excited to welcome Clifford to visit with our youngest patrons and hope that meeting him will encourage families to set a goal to read 1,000 books,” adds Walker.

Reading 1,000 books might seem intimidating, until you do a little math. If you read just one book with your child at bedtime every night, then you can read 1,000 books in less than three years.

Then, consider that most board books and picture books take only about five minutes to read aloud. If you set a goal to read just 15 minutes each day with your child in 2018, you could finish over 1,000 books by the end of the year.

“The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages families to track their reading progress with a free Reading Log. All stories and books count – even books read at grandma’s house, at preschool, at the library, and even books you’ve read more than once,” explains Walker.

As children reach reading milestones, they can visit the library for a commemorative photo and a stamp in their 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading passport. Children who are celebrating milestones will also be recognized at special 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytimes throughout the year, including next week’s events with Clifford the Big Red Dog.

For more information about the meet-and-greet events with Clifford the Big Red Dog or about the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative, please visit

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

25 More Books about Halloween for Preschoolers

Patrons, parents, and caregivers loved our list of 25 Books about Halloween for Preschoolers last year, so this year our staff created a new list of their favorite creepy, crawly, and cute stories for this spooky season.

Stop by the library for a special trick-or-treat storytime and don't forget to take one of these frighteningly funny books home with you!
  1. Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
  2. Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
  3. There's a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
  4. In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
  5. The Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex
  6. The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
  7. "What Was I Scared Of?" by Dr. Seuss in The Sneetches and Other Stories
  8. Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
  9. Mommy with art by Maurice Sendak, scenario by Arthur Yorinks, and paper engineering by  Matthew Reinhart
  10. Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi
  11. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
  12. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds 
  13. Just Say Boo! by Susan Hood
  14. Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin
  15. The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  16. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
  17. Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex
  18. The Scariest Book Ever by Bob Shea
  19. Me and My Dragon: Scared of Halloween by David Biedrzycki
  20. The Spooky Box by Mark Gonyea
  21. Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell
  22. Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
  23. Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli
  24. I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor
  25. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak