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*1000 Books Before Kindergarten

For children who have not yet begun K5

Ongoing

Reading is a foundational part of all learning, and the years before K5 are the time to lay crucial groundwork. Reading together helps build skills like letter recognition and naming, speech and language development, making connections between printed text and spoken language, and more! These skills help set your child up for success, in kindergarten and beyond. 1000 books may seem like a big goal, but if you read just one book per day, you’ll be done in less than three years - and if you count books read at the library’s Story Times, you’ll be done even sooner!
Visit Beanstack or stop by the Children's Desk to learn more and get started.

Baby, Toddler & Preschool Programs

Toddler Art Time

Monday, January 9 | 10:30 – 11 AM

Community Room

Join us for a story, some songs, and a sensory experience. Best suited for toddlers 18 months – 3 years and their caregivers.

Social Justice Story Time

Tuesday, January 17 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Community Room

Join KIC (Kids Impact Community) and the North Shore Library for a Social Justice Story Time with Rona Wolfe, a kindergarten teacher experienced in discussing big ideas. Through her storytelling, Rona will introduce Martin Luther King Jr. and lead kid-friendly discussions about race, racial justice, and address how kids can take big actions in small ways. Your kids will be empowered to understand and celebrate our differences while recognizing the similarities and connections we all share. Towards the end of our story time, we will engage the kids in a special on-the-spot service project craft. Best suited for children from birth – 5 years and their caregivers. Registration is required. Learn more and register here: Register

Wiggly Wednesday

Wednesday, January 18 | 10:30 AM - noon

Community Room

Release some wiggles at the Library! We’ll have a variety of fine and gross motor activities to help little ones play, learn, and move. Best suited for children 18 months – 5 years and their caregivers.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays, January 24, 31 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM

Community Room

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes followed by a simple craft! Best suited for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

Baby & Toddler Storytime

Wednesday, January 25 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM

Community Room

Join us for stories and songs, bounces and bubbles! Stay after storytime for an informal playtime. Best suited for babies through 2 years and their caregivers.

School-Age Programs

Masterpiece Monday

Monday, January 9 | 5 – 6 PM

Community Room

Join us as we learn about Claude Monet and create our own piece of art based on one of his. Best suited for children ages 5-8.
Registration is required. Register here: Register

LEGO Club

Tuesday, January 17 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Community Room

Drop in for some building and fun with others while developing creativity, problem solving, and teamwork skills! Geared towards kids in grades K5 - 5. Open to builders of all skill levels.

Kids’ Movie: Lyle, Lyle Crocodile

Monday, January 16 | 11 AM – 12:45 PM

Community Room

No school today? Come watch Lyle, Lyle Crocodile on the Library’s big screen! Snacks will be provided, or feel free to bring your own food and drink.

Please note Library staff will not be present during the movie showing. Library Policy states that children under age 9 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Book Clubs

My First Book Club

Wednesday, January 11 | 5 – 5:45 PM

Community Room

We will read Hey, Wall: a story of art and community by Susan Verde together, discuss it, have a snack, and do a craft. Geared towards kids in grades K4-1. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk for check out prior to our meeting. Registration is required. Register here: Register

Book Buddies

Wednesday, January 25 | 5 – 5:45 PM

Community Room

Read 13th Street: Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats by David Bowles ahead of time. During book club we will discuss the book, have a snack, and do an activity. Geared towards kids in grades 1-3. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk for check out one month prior to our meeting. Registration is required. Register here: Register

Between the Pages

Monday, January 23| 5 – 5:45 PM

Community Room

Read Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd ahead of time. During book club we will discuss the book, have a snack, and do an activity. Geared towards kids in grades 4-6. Books will be available at the Circulation Desk for check out one month prior to our meeting. This book is also available to borrow on Hoopla. Registration is required. Register here: Register

All Ages

Winter Reading Challenge

January 3 – February 28

Join us for our annual Winter Reading Challenge! We’re challenging kids (birth – 11 years) to read for 600 minutes and teens (12-18 years) to read for 800 minutes. More information is available at the Library, online at NorthShoreLibrary.Beanstack.org, or via the Beanstack Tracker app. We hope you’ll read with us this winter!

Take & Make Crafts

Preschool:

Create and decorate a paper winter hat! Available to pick up in the Children’s Room starting Friday, January 13, while supplies last.

Elementary:

Create your own craft stick penguin! Available to pick up in the Children’s Room starting Friday, January 13, while supplies last.

Tween/Teen:

Destress during exam time with a kit full of relaxing goodies. We know this is a stressful time, pick up a kit of activities to help you relax. Available to pick up in the Children’s Room starting Friday, January 13, while supplies last.