Thursday, September 20, 2018

Visit an Early Literacy Story Walk at Warbington Farms

If your fall plans include a visit to Warbington Farms, but sure to check out the library's story walk located near the tractor in the Family Fun Park.


We're retelling The Three Little Pigs in a shortened story walk format that is ideal for families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Start at the welcome sign near the front of the tractor, then read the story aloud with your children.

Parents and caregivers will also find five simple tips on the story walk from the library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program that will help you practice early literacy skills at home.


Be sure to pick up a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten flyer at the end your story walk and sign up for the program at forsythpl.beanstack.org.

The Scarecrow Trail at Warbington Farms will be on display September 15 through November 3, 2018.

You can vote for your favorite scarecrows in a special Scarecrow Trail photo album on the Warbington Farms Facebook Page or you can vote in-person at the farm through November 3.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Congressman Rob Woodall Reads to Preschoolers at Cumming Library

Families with preschoolers enjoyed a “hopping good” storytime at the Cumming Library on Tuesday morning as U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall visited a special 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten event to read aloud with the children.

“Something amazing happens when reading to children,” said Rep. Woodall. “You can see it in their eyes. Early literacy isn’t just about quality time or entertainment – though it absolutely accomplishes those goals – it’s about laying the groundwork for success and opening doors for the next generation.”

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) in support of a nationwide effort to encourage parents of newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to make reading aloud a daily priority.

“It sounds like a daunting task to read 1,000 books with a child,” says Programming Manager Tracy Walker, “but it’s truly not difficult and we’re learning that exposing children to such a wide variety of words in so many books helps them master a larger vocabulary by the time they enter kindergarten.”

In storytimes like the one Congressman Woodall visited, librarians show parents and caregivers simple ways to help their children develop early literacy skills and they talk about ways to reach the 1,000-books goal.

“If you’re reading one book at bed time each night, it will take less than three years to reach the goal. If you’re reading fifteen minutes each day – about the time required to read three picture books – then you can read over a thousand books in a year,” explains Walker.

After a quick reminder for parents about how to register for the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and how to track a child’s progress with an online reading log, the crowd joined in dancing to “The Bunny Pokey” and listened to The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

Congressman Woodall took the floor for a spirited reading of Peek-A-Boo Bunny, then he introduced a giggling and cheering crowd to another special guest, Peter Rabbit himself!

Tuesday’s event was the first in a series of storytimes and character visits featuring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit.

The next event will be held at the Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, August 29 at 11:15 a.m., followed by additional events at the Hampton Park Library on Thursday, August 30 at 11:15 a.m. and the Post Road Library on Friday, August 31 at 11:15 a.m. and Saturday, September 1 at 11:15 a.m.

All 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten programs are designed for children ages 0 to 5 and admission is free.

For more information, or to sign your child up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Celebrate Your Reading Milestones with Peter Rabbit

All children ages 0 to 5 are invited to A Hopping Good Storytime with Peter Rabbit and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, this week at Forsyth County Public Library.


Books, Songs, and Crafts!

Enjoy a special storytime featuring the beloved Peter Rabbit from the popular series by Beatrix Potter! We'll read stories, sing songs, make a craft, and meet Peter himself!

Cumming Library
Tuesday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Hampton Park Library
Thursday, August 30 at 11:15 a.m.

Post Road Library
Friday, August 31 at 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, September 1 at 11:15 a.m.

Sharon Forks Library
Wednesday, August 29 at 11:15 a.m.

A Hopping Good Storytime with Peter Rabbit is for children 0-5 years old. No registration required. Space is limited. Arrive early to secure your spot.

Celebrate your child's achievements!

We'll celebrate achievements for participating in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program while learning about the benefits of reading aloud with your child. 

About 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) in support of a nationwide effort to encourage parents of newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to make reading aloud a daily priority.

Each year, “more than 1 in 3 children enter kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Reading aloud with children ages 0 to 5 supports early literacy and pre-reading skills, fosters a love of books and learning, and strengthens bonding between the child and parents or caregivers.

Learn how easy it can be to read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten or follow these simple early literacy tips.