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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!

1000 Libros antes de Kindergarten
Este programa busca asegurar que los niños que vayan a entrar al Jardín de Niños hayan adquirido las habilidades de aprendizaje y alfabetización necesarias para exponerlos a los libros y el lenguaje a temprana edad. Este programa es abierto, por lo que ¡usted podrá leer a su propio paso todo el año! ¡Vaya la Mesa de Información para Niños para inscribirse o solicitar información!

Baby to Three, Come Wiggle with Me – Mondays at 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Words and wiggles go together like peanut butter and jelly in this special story time/open play/dance party for babies, toddlers, and their grown-ups!  Enjoy music, movement, stories, and playtime, and get to know other families with young children.  Read, dance, repeat!

Baby to Three, Come Wiggle with Me! – Lunes de 10 a 10:30 a.m.
Las palabras y risas van de la mano como las papas y cátsup en este ¡tiempo especial de historias/obras/fiestas de baile para bebés, niños pequeños y adultos! Disfrute de música, movimiento, historias, y juegos para conocer otras familias con niños pequeños. ¡Lea, baile y repita!

LEGO Club – Mondays at 4 p.m.
Invite all your friends to come and build with you!  We have hundreds and hundreds of LEGOs ready and waiting!  Give your creation a name, then see it displayed in the Children’s Library.

Club LEGO– lunes a las 4 p.m.
¡Invite a sus amigos a venir y construir con usted! ¡Tenemos cientos y cientos de LEGOs listos y esperando! Nombre su creación y exhíbala en la biblioteca para niños.

Knit and Crochet Club February 19, 26, March 2, 9, 18, 25 at 6 p.m.
For all ages and experience levels, Knit and Crochet Club meets at 6 p.m. on the scheduled dates.  Bring your own project to work on.  Beginners welcome.

Club de Tejer y Crochet –  febrero 19, 26, marzo 2, 9, 18, 25 6 p.m.
Para todas las edades y niveles. El club de Tejer y Crochet se reúne a las 6 p.m. en las fechas acordadas. Traiga su propio proyecto. Los principiantes son bienvenidos.

Storytime with Ms. Denise – Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Come on down to the library every Wednesdays for stories, songs, and crafts with Ms. Denise!
March 4 – Lions & Lambs
March 11 – Leprechauns, Rainbows & Pots o’ Gold
March 18 – Down on the Farm
March 25 – Hair & Moustaches

Hora de Cuentos con Ms. Denise – Miércoles a las 10 a.m.
¡Esta es la temporada de historias, canciones y diversión con Ms. Denise!

Gather/Chatter/Scatter – Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.
Looking for a place for your kids to play while you have a chance to chat with other adults or sit at a table and get some work done?  Look no further!  Join us at the library for Gather/Chatter/Scatter, an open-play-meets-coffee-klatch where you can sit back, relax, and let your kiddos have the chance to make new friends while playing with oodles of fun toys.

Gather/Chatter/Scatter
Los viernes de 9 a 11 a.m.
¿Está buscando un lugar para que jueguen sus hijos mientras usted platica con otros adultos o se sienta para trabajar? ¡Ya no busque más! Venga a la biblioteca a Gather/Chatter/Scatter (Reúna/Platique/Disperse), donde los juegos encuentran las pláticas con café y puede sentarse y relajarse  mientras su niños tienen la oportunidad de hacer nuevos amigos jugando con un montón de divertidos juguetes.

The library will be closed Sunday, February 2 & Friday, February 21. If you have returns please feel free to put them in the parking lot drop box.

Show the Animals some Love in February!
Help the homeless animals at Lakeland Animal Shelter and reduce your overdue fines at the same time!  During the month of February, we’ll be collecting pet food (both canned and dry) and cat litter for the animal shelter.  In exchange for your donation, we’ll reduce your overdue fines.  This program does not apply to fees for lost or damaged items.

Princess in Black Party
Monday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
You are officially invited to a fancy tea party!  Come dressed in your fanciest clothes, but be warned — you must also be prepared to fight monsters, should any helpless goats find themselves in danger.  Get ready for an afternoon of snacks, crafts, and monster fighting!

Student Art Reception
Monday, March 2 at 5 p.m.
March is Youth Art Month! Come celebrate by admiring some amazing works of art created by local students! Refreshments generously provided by The Friends of Aram Public Library.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors
Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m.
Our cuddly Tail Waggin’ Tutor is coming back for more stories!  Sign up to read to a trained therapy dog the first Saturday of every month.  Space is limited, so registration is recommended, though walk-ins are welcome.  Stop by the Children’s Desk or call (262) 728-3111, x117 to reserve your spot…and your snuggles!

Teen/Tween Kit-Kat Taste Test
Thursday, March 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is required
There are tons of Kit-Kat flavors out there…but which one is truly the best of the best?  Only you can help us decide.  Space is limited, so registration is required.  Stop by the Adult Desk or call (262) 728-3111, x100 to reserve your spot on the judging panel.

Star Wars Takes Over the Library
Saturday, March 14 from 10am – 12:30pm
Harness the power of the force and join us at the library for games, crafts, snacks, and tons of fun! Costumes are encouraged!  This program is designed as a drop-in, so feel free to pop by anytime!  Trust us, this IS the program you’re looking for.

QWIC Bites
Tuesday, March 17 at 4 p.m.
Registration is required
Do your kiddos love to help out in the kitchen?  Are you looking for fun, healthy snacks you can make together?  QWIC Bites: Kids in the Kitchen is a new collaboration between Aram Public Library and Walworth County Healthy Eating Active Living/WIC where families can come together to learn about fun, easy ways to incorporate healthy snacks into their daily routine!  This month, we’re making chimichurri and white bean cilantro dip!  YUM!  Space is limited, so registration is required.  Stop by the Children’s Desk or call (262) 728-3111, x117 to reserve your spot.

2020 Delavan Train Show
Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop by Aram Library during the exciting Train Show to view the layout on display and, while you’re here, choo-choo-choose to take a gander at the Friends of Aram Public Library book sale!

Dual Language Story Time
Saturday, March 21 at 10 a.m.
Join us at the library for stories, rhymes, and songs in both English and Spanish, as well as occasional activities and crafts embracing cultural diversity.  This program is open to everyone and will happen regularly on the third Saturday of every month. ¡Únase todos nosotros!

Narwhal & Jelly Jamboree
Tuesday, March 24 at 2 p.m.
Join us on an underwater adventure to celebrate Narwhal & Jelly!  We’ll have crafts, snacks, and games.  Hurray!

Preschool Prom
Friday, March 27 at 6 p.m.
Shake, wiggle, and giggle in your finest attire at our oh-so-fancy prom for preschoolers and their adults!  Refreshments will be provided.

RBDigital for E-Magazines
Enjoy unlimited digital access to all your favorite magazines – at no cost! Click on the RBDigital button on our website (under the Borrow menu/ Digital Magazines) to sign up, and download the app to find and read a constantly updated selection of titles.

RBDigital para E-Magazines
Disfrute de acceso ilimitado a todas sus revistas favoritas – ¡sin costo! Haga clic en en el botón de RBDigital en nuestra página web (debajo del menú borrow/Digital Magazines) para poder registrarse, y descargue la aplicación para leer nuestra selección de revistas que constantemente estamos actualizando.

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: