Babies, Toddlers and Children

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Countdown to Kindergarten

Countdown to Kindergarten is both a kindergarten readiness Storytime for kids and a program to inform parents and caregivers of the skills that their child(ren) will need when beginning kindergarten.

Fun stories, games and activity stations will prepare both you and your child for success in school. Participants who attend this event will receive safety scissors and a set of kindergarten skill cards. This program has been made possible through generous support from the Library Legacy Foundation.

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Ready to Read

Our Ready to Read initiative helps parents prepare their children (ages birth to preschool) for kindergarten while providing the information and tools needed to build important early literacy skills.

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Storytime

There's no better place to hear a story than at the Library! Please join us for a variety of ongoing, regularly scheduled Storytimes, including Babytimes, Music & Movement Playdates and more!

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101 Picture Book Challenge

We picked 101 of our favorite picture books and we want you to read them! Our list includes classics, new titles and everything in between. Sign up online or pick up a challenge book at any Library location.

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LEGO Freeplay!

Kids can pop-in to practice their engineering skills and put their creativity to work in this fun building program featuring LEGOs and K’Nex. Programs are offered monthly at the following locations:

  • Birmingham
  • Kent
  • King Road
  • Mott
  • Oregon
  • Sanger
  • Sylvania

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Metroparks Programs

2019 Spring | Summer

This spring/summer, we're partnering with Metroparks Toledo to offer hands-on programs about birds, forest therapy and more. Join us for programs on:

  • Birds in My Backyard
  • Orienteering
  • Fun with Fishing

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Celebrate Children's Day

April 30, 2019

Commonly known as Día, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration emphasizing the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds, held annually on April 30. Read a picture book by a Latino author/illustrator or a book featuring a Latino main character, during Library hours at the following locations:

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Programs for babies, toddlers and children

Library Playdate

Friday Apr. 26
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Sylvania

Children and their favorite grown-up are welcome to experience the Library as a fun, exciting place to play while building early literacy skills

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Babytime

Friday Apr. 26
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Waterville

This storytime focuses on developing your baby's early literacy skills. Babies 0-18 months will be introduced to songs, movement, rhythm and rhyme designed to foster a love of books and reading.

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Babytime

Monday Apr. 29
at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Holland

This storytime focuses on developing your baby's early literacy skills. Babies 0-18 months will be introduced to songs, movement, rhythm and rhyme designed to foster a love of books and reading.

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Preschool Storytime

Monday Apr. 29
at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Sylvania

Children ages 3-5 (and their favorite grown-up) will enjoy stories, songs, movement and more in this fun program designed to get them ready for Kindergarten.

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Homework Helper

Monday Apr. 29
at 3:00 p.m.

Location: Kent

Do you want to improve your grades and be successful in school? Our Homework Helper is here through the end of May to help you with your school assignments.

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Homework Helper

Monday Apr. 29
at 3:30 p.m.

Location: West Toledo

Do you want to improve your grades and be successful in school? Our Homework Helper is here through the end of May to help you with your school assignments.

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Cool Tools to Borrow

Telescopes | GoPro Cameras | Kids Tablets

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained for hours? Look no further than your Library! We offer a growing list of cool gadgets and tools that you can borrow and take home including:

  • Playaway Launchpads (pre-loaded learning tablets just for kids)
  • GoPro Camera Kits
  • Telescopes

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Homework Help

Educational resources at the Library

Does your child need help with school assignments or improving their grades? Are you a teacher or childcare worker looking for books for your classroom? Find information about our Homework Helper program, teacher assignment alerts, book kits and more!

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