Kids

Upcoming Events

The library is currently in a phased reopening–you can learn about it here! All regularly scheduled programs will be postponed until further notice.

But there’s still a lot going on! Connect with the library VIRTUALLY through our social media channels! Find us on Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram for online programming, and the lowdown on Summer Reading 2020: Imagine Your Story.

Regularly Occurring Virtual Programs –
* All programs debut on Facebook unless otherwise marked.

Snuggly Stories – Monday through Friday at 7:30pm
Throw your jammies on, get cozy, and join Ms. Katherine for an end of the day storytime LIVE every week night on Facebook!

Sing Song Dance Party – Mondays at 10am
Hokey pokey yourself over to Ms. Katherine’s Sing Song Dance Party & get ready to get those wiggles out!

Summer Storyteller Series – Tuesdays at 10am during the summer
Summertime…and the reading is easy… Join us every Tuesday at 10am on the Aram Public Library Facebook page to hear a story from a special guest reader…or readers!

Draw Along – Tuesdays at 2pm
Bust out your pens and paper! It’s Weekly Draw Along! Every Tuesday at 2pm we’ll make a drawing together. Send us a comment or message on Facebook of anything you would like to draw for the next week–and make sure to share your drawings with us when you’re done!

Storytime with Ms. Katherine – Wednesdays at 10am
Time for a story! Sashay into Ms. Katherine’s kitchen for a mid-morning story. (And, let’s be honest, a song or two or three!) Every Wednesday at 10am–sometimes with a special guest appearance by none other than Percy, the library leopard gecko!

Sunshine & Stories – first and third Wednesday of each month at 12pm
Ms. Katherine and Ms. Emily from Barrett Memorial Library in Williams Bay are back for another summer of story time shenanigans!

Cuisine for Kiddos – Thursdays at 10am
Ms. Denise is at it again! Every Thursday make a new special, fun, AND kid-friendly treat for the whole family to enjoy!

Silly Stories in English & ASL – Fridays at 10am
Who’s ready for our next story with Aram’s own Ms. Katherine and Nell Fleming, School Librarian from Wisconsin School for the Deaf? Every Friday they’ll read a new story together in BOTH english AND ASL! How cool is that?!

Chapter Book Read Aloud – Fridays at 2pm
Pull up a chair and listen to Ms. Katherine read two chapters from one super-duper chapter book! Currently she’s reading ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY by Chris Grabenstein (pronounced like Frankenstein). Tune in LIVE on Facebook every Friday at 2pm CST for the next two chapters!

Storytime in Español – Saturdays/sábados at 10am
¡Únase al Sr. Gonzalo todos los sábados a las 10am para leer una historia divertida en español!

Percy Pursuit – July 2020 through August 2020
Calling all sleuths and adventurers!
Percival August T. Gecko (better known as Percy) challenges you to an epic game of hide and seek! There are little Percy pictures hiding all around Delavan and the surrounding area… See how many you can find! Remember to take note of where you saw them, then head over to the Summer Reading 2020 tab to submit your findings.
Everyone 18 and under who participates will be entered to win an amazing quilt made by Joanne Howe!
Having trouble spotting dear ol’ Percy? Watch for weekly location hints!
The Percy Pursuit goes until 11:59pm on August 21st, so be sure to get your answers in by then!
Ready or not, here YOU come!

Find & follow our full virtual programming schedule on the library’s Facebook & Instagram pages—as well as special one-time programs.


BookMyne available for your devices – Download today!
Need access to your library catalog on the go? Add SirsiDynix’s BookMyne app, available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store. You can check availability of items by typing the title or scanning an item UPC, place holds, view best seller lists, manage your library account, and more.

BookMyne está disponible para sus dispositivos – ¡Descárguela hoy mismo!
¿Necesita acceso al catálogo de la biblioteca en donde quiera que esté? Descargue la aplicación SirsiDynix’s BookMyne, disponible en Google Play y App Store. Vea la disponibilidad del material escribiendo el título o escaneando el código de barras, reserve material, vea los libros más vendidos, maneje su cuenta de la biblioteca y más.

Interpreters are available for all programs upon request. Please notify the library at least 3 days in advance of the program date.

Early Literacy

Five Early Literacy Practices

  • Talk!
  • Sing!
  • Read!
  • Write!
  • Play!

Did you know 90% percent of a child’s brain development occurs in the first 5 years of life?  You are your child’s first and most important teacher.

Aram Public Library has a multitude of Early Literacy offerings, including…

Baby to Three, Come Wiggle With Me! – Mondays at 10am
This story time/open play/dance party incorporates singing, stories, movement, and fun for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups!

Story Time with Ms. Denise – Wednesdays at 10am
Stories, songs, and crafts for families!

Brain Boosters – Thursdays from 10:30am – 12pm
This hands-on, interactive environment where caregivers help children develop essential skills through open-ended play.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
This program aims to ensure that all children entering kindergarten have acquired necessary learning and literacy skills through exposure to books and a language-rich early childhood experience.  This program is open-ended, so you can read at your own pace, year-round!  Stop by the Children’s Desk for more information or to sign up!

Summer Reading
Aram Public Library has a Summer Reading Program for all ages!  Yes, including babies and toddlers!

Did you know…

Aram Public Library has an assortment of early literacy and creative play materials accessible for in-house use?

  • iPad (loaded with apps and games specifically chosen by Ms. Katherine, our Youth Services Librarian)
  • Interactive Chalkboard Wall (write, draw, create!)
  • Magnetic Board (magnet options include numbers, letters, and more!)
  • ABCMouse.com
  • Puzzles (varying in size and difficulty)
  • Coloring Sheets and crayons
  • Puppets
  • Play Food
  • Blocks, Wire Mazes, and More!

…and a variety of early literacy and resource materials available for checkout?

  • Books (available in print, audio, and electronic formats)
  • Backpack Story Time Kits (each themed kit contains books, manipulatives, and handouts pertaining to the given topic)
  • Music CDs (available in multiple languages!)
  • Nonfiction DVDs (ranging in topics and interests for kids of all ages!)
  • Craft Kits (all the materials necessary to make a simple craft with your child)
  • Book Bundles (4-5 books all centered around a theme)
  • Games (board and card games suited for a variety of ages and interest levels)

Helpful Websites

Act Early Wisconsin

American Library Association’s Great Websites for Kids

Children’s Book Council

Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Education.com

Get Ready to Read

Growing Wisconsin Readers

Raising a Reader

Reading is Fundamental (RIF)

Reading Rockets

Teach Your Monster to Read

Zero to 3

Resources

Homework Help!

BadgerLink provides an amazing variety of quality resources! (Please note, BadgerLink may require a library card to allow for full access.)

Click the links below to check out all the information available—for free!

Music and More

Bet You Didn’t Know About This Resource…

Did you know that you have access to royalty free music, audio themes, and sound effects? It’s true! Soundszabound offers the only royalty free music library which meets all the licensing and technology requirements needed for education! The music library ensures copyright safety and is ideal for grades K-12 and universities. Imagine what you could create with access to an entire library of amazing sound! Podcasts, PowerPoint, videos, news shoes, presentations, web design…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! How cool is that?!

Other Fun Resources!

NoveList K-8 provides users with book recommendations, read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more!

(NoveList K-8 is provided by BadgerLink. A library card may be needed to access this resource.)

ABCmouse.com for Libraries

The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success.  ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas: reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.  Best of all, kids LOVE it.  And it’s free to use at the library!  From Age of Learning, Inc. (Please note, ABCmouse.com is available for free through the library provided the patron is either using a library computer or the library’s provided WiFi.)

Resources for Parents

Do you know someone who’s pregnant or recently had a baby? Maybe that someone is you?

Sign up for a Welcome Baby Bag! It’s simple, it’s free…and it’s filled with all sorts of goodies for the new baby and their family: books, bookmarks and stickers, early literacy information…and more!

Stop by or call (262) 728-3111, x117 for more information.

Ready to sign up? Stop by the Children’s Desk! (Please note, each bag is customized for the family, so it’ll be a few days after the form has been submitted for the bag to be ready for pick up.)

Growing Wisconsin Readers is a statewide initiative rooted in public libraries that aims to support Wisconsin caregivers of young children with information about early literacy so they can prepare children for learning at school and beyond.

For information about your child’s development and what to do if you have a concern, www.actearly.wisc.edu is an excellent resource.  Not only will they provide information about resources available to you locally, but you can also learn more about your child’s developmental milestones.  If you have any concerns about your child—developmentally or otherwise—be sure to talk with your child’s doctor.

If you’re pregnant or have a baby under one year, you can sign up to receive free text messages on prenatal care, infant care, and more through text4baby, a free service offered by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and the FDA Office of Women’s Health.  For more information and free resources, visit the following websites: