Explore the 2nd floor Children’s Picture Book Room to browse children’s picture books, play interactive computer games (we now have three AWE stations!) and have fun at our puppet theater and kitchen area. Also take advantage of some other great early literacy resources during your visit.
The Big Book Literacy Stop is located on the east wall. These books have been specially selected for their appeal to younger children. There are a number of titles that are changed out periodically. “Why B-I-G books” you may ask? The sheer size of the book is unique (what toddler doesn’t like a book as big as them?) and the colorful, larger-than-life illustrations are appealing to the young child.
Each Big Book contains an activity sheet that is located inside the front cover and is unique to each book. Some activities are parent-driven and others can be done independently by older children. Since these books do not check out, the Big Book Literacy Stop is always stocked, and it’s a great place to stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy some one-on-one time with your child. (The comfy chairs help too!)
Another recent addition to the Picture Book Room is a block building area in the northeast corner. Through block play, children learn science and math concepts, spatial reasoning, language skills, cooperation and responsibility.
Here are some suggested block activities you can enjoy with your child:
- Sort blocks by color, size, or shape.
- Build tunnels.
- Construct houses.
- Line up blocks and pretend they are piano keys.
- And the all-time favorite block activity: create the tallest tower you can, then knock it down!
After playtime, your child can earn a cool stamp at the 2nd floor Ask Us desk for picking up blocks and stacking them on the wooden shelf so they are ready for the next engineer-in-training! This helps us keep our block area tidy and helps children learn responsibility.
Visit the 2nd floor soon to enjoy some fun books and brain-boosting playtime with your child!
Youth Services Library Assistant