All Library programs for youth are free.  They are generously funded by the Friends of the Culpeper Library, Karen and Paul Laski, and Corporate Sponsors.   Ask us how you can become a Friend!

Children's Programs

 

 Call 540-825-8691 to register where necessary  

 Come watch the Solar Eclipse with us at our Eclipse Party on  Monday,  August 21.

We will have children's make and take activities, and an inflatable obstacle course between 1:30 and 3:00.  There will be 200 pairs of eclipse glasses and telescopes available for safe viewing. Eclipse peak time is 2:41.  Eclipse glasses are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Please register children at the Youth Services Desk so we can prepare materials for crafts.

 Itsy Bitsy Storytime-- August 17, 10:30                                     Beginning in September this will be a weekly program

For ages birth--23 months. No registration required.  Bouncing, hugs and kisses, tickle time, lots of rhymes, and one book are shared at this fun program, designed to help our youngest library users develop pre-literacy skills.  Followed by a 20 minutes of socializing and play time.

 

 Toddler Storytime (Age 2) Mondays at 10:30 beginning August 20

 

This is a fun and engaging "lapsit" program designed to help young children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Parents or caregivers sit on the floor with their 2-year-olds in their laps, and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and flannel board activities together.  No registration required.   

 

 Tuesday Morning Pre-School Storytime begins August 22                  Registration begins August 15 and is ongoing until full

This is a fun and engaging program designed to help children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Stories, songs, puppets, flannel board activities and finger plays make this a fun time for all.   This program also helps foster independence as children attend on their own while parents wait in the Library. 

 Pajama Storytime--Tuesdays, beginning August 22, 6:30
This is a fun and engaging program designed to help children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Stories, songs, puppets, and finger plays make this a fun time for all.   Children attend with a parent or other caregiver.  Children are encouraged to attend in their pajamas.   No registration required!

 Friday Morning Walk-In Programs at 10:30                                      Storytime--1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Fridays                                                                Music and Movement--4th Fridays                                                             

Storytime: This is a fun and engaging program designed to help children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Stories, songs, puppets, and finger plays make this a fun time for all.   Children attend with a parent or other caregiver. No registration required!

Music and Movement: This 30 minute program features scarf and parachute play, percussion instruments, music, and one book that incorporates movement.  This is a rollicking, educational, good time! Following instructions given in songs helps children develop comprehension skills.  Music also helps children to hear that words are made up of smaller parts called phonics.  No registration required!

 K-2 Book Worms--4th Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15  

Each month Miss Laini will be sharing picture books and selections from chapter books.  This will be followed by creative and educational play. For August we will be having an Elephant and Piggie Party.  Call 825-8691 to sign up in advance.

 3rd Grade Book Club--Resumes Tuesday, September 5, 4:30-5:30    Books available starting Tuesday, August 1!                  

 

Children read a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with an ice breaker game, followed by book discussion and a related activity. September books will be made available at the Youth Services Desk beginning August 1.     

Book Description:

The Fran with Four Brains by Jim Benton   

Being a mad scientist in the modern world is very hard work. With so much that needs to be done in such a short period of time, multitasking can get way out of hand. Franny needs some additional help. But for Franny there is only one person in the world she trusts to help her with her experiments -- herself. So she acquires assistance the mad-scientist way, by building a few real, live, steel-plated Franbots.

 

 4th-5th Grade Book Club--Resumes Tuesday, September 19,  4:30-5:45   Books available starting Tuesday, August 15!

Children read a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with an ice breaker game, followed by book discussion and a related activity. September books will be made available at the Youth Services Desk beginning August 16.

Book Description:

The Treasure Chest: Clara Barton, Angel of the Battlefield

While exploring The Treasure Chest, Felix and Maisie are transported to a Massachusetts farm in 1836. Disappointed that they have not landed in their beloved New York City, they wonder why they were brought to Massachusetts to meet a young girl named Clara Barton. Perhaps Clara has a message for the twins? Or maybe they have one for her?
 Read to the Dogs--4th Saturdays, 10:30-11:30
The Welcome Waggers therapy dogs are coming back for another fun-filled Saturday morning of  sharing books!  Pre-readers are welcome to show dogs pictures in a favorite book. Beginning readers get to practice  reading without the pressure of getting all the words right.  No registration required.  First come, first serve.
 Full STEAM Ahead--1st Saturdays, beginning October 7, 1-2     
3rd-5th graders, join Miss Debbie, a licensed elementary school teacher, for our new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math program. This program resumes in October with paper marbleizing.  Call 825-8691 to sign up in advance.
 K-5 Lego Club--Wednesdays, August 23 & 30 4:30-5:30  Due to high demand  we ask that kids attend just one Lego event per month
Come build something extraordinary with the Library's Lego. Then, we will take a photo of it to post on the Library's Facebook page. Call 825-8691 to sign up in advance.