Websites to check out for e-books, book recommendations, activities, information & more during COVID-19 :
Westchester Library System, Listen Read & Watch
Tutor.com: homework help from 9:00am to 10:00pm
Livescience.com – activities , COVID info and more
Kidshealth.org – for all health questions!
Children’s Museum of Manhattan – activities!
Junior Library Guild – free reading resources
TumbleBooks – access TumbleBooks here
Kanopy Kids: movie selections geared for younger audiences
Boredom Busters for Teens
www.TeenBookCloud.com – gr 7-12 ebook database
www.AudioBookCloud.com – all ages audio book database
Literature Resource Center: featuring literary criticism, literary magazines, full text articles, biographical information and more, covering all genres, disciplines, and time periods. (Must have a Bronxville Library card to access).
Some activity ideas from the Youth Services Department: (Up to 18-years-old)
DIY Paper Rose Materials
mad scientists bubbles
Mad Scientists Club (Strawberry DNA)
Sink or float
Squishy Sensory bags by lifeasamamabear.com
Baby Safe Sensory play – Pinterest search page
Indoor activities for Teens
Upcoming Virtual Programs & Take-n-Make Activities
Monday, January 25 | 12:00 am – 4:30 pm
Monday January 25th at 4PM SO Yummy Kids will feel like they are contestants on The Food Network! It’s time to create delicious treats and play as contestants in SO Yummy, a fast paced food creation event where kids will feel like they are on LIVE TV. Netflix’s Nailed It meets Sugar Rush in this NO OVEN required…
Monday, January 25 | ongoing
Stop by the Bronxville Children’s Library Mondays during January to pick up a new project including creative activities, stem, crafts, challenges, puzzles & more! *Additional materials from home may be needed to complete some projects* While Supplies Last /1 project per child /First come first served basis Call the Children’s…
Wednesday, January 27 – Thursday, January 27 | ongoing
Become a Magician! This is a self-guided video course to teach magic to all ages. Learn enough magic and performance skills to put on your own 30 minute show! Introductory overview 2 1/2 hour online video course to watch on any device 14 lessons with performance tips & stories to…
Thursday, January 28 | 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Sing & Sign with Chloe’s Kids (recommended 0-6 years) Thurs. 9:30 am Jan 14, Jan 28, Feb 11 Sing, dance, play and learn with Chloe from Chloe’s Kids in this live, multi-modal music class! Featuring Chloe on accordion and ukulele, this program includes is a delightful mix of traditional children’s songs,…
Thursday, January 28 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Westchester Library System, Westchester Library Association & Book YaYa present a New Reading Series: LIBRARY TALKS Bestselling Author Pamela Paul in conversation with Delaune Michel about her new book, RECTANGLE TIME, and her indispensable change-your-child’s life at any age book, HOW TO RAISE A READER Live Online Event / Thursday, January…
Friday, February 5 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The class that’s as good for you as it is for your little one! Covid gym closures got you down? We got you covered with our February Fridays virtual dance fitness series! Fridays: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, & 2/26 from 1:30 PM – 2:30 pm. Sway to international rhythms & familiar…
All of our children’s programs are made possible by the generous funding of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library. By donating to the Friends, you can help fund our amazing programs and even be a part of starting brand new programs!
Music for All Ages
Dawny Dew: A fun sing-along filled with music & puppets. All ages.
Chloe from Chloe’s Kids: Sing, sign dance, play & learn with her multi-modal music class!
Graham Clarke: Grab your dancing shoes for fun with Graham. All ages.
Weekly Programs suspended until further notice
Please join us online for our children’s virtual programs
THANK YOU! STAY SAFE & BE WELL!
Below are lists of great children’s books to get you started. Whether reading them for the first time or rediscovering favorites, these books are certain to become as cherished as an old friend. Read them for your own pleasure, or share them with someone you love. And remember, imagination has no limits!
Our Circulating Toys are taking a little break for the season
We now have a small collection of STEM based circulating toys!
The toys can circulate for one week at a time. All you need is a grown-up and a library card. Before you come to the library, have a grown-up fill out our toy agreement form and bring it to the library!
Early literacy does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences.
Literacy development begins at birth and is closely linked to a baby’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Babies learn language through social literacy experiences – parents interacting with them using books. These experiences also serve to associate books with parental affection, attention, and approval.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.
How does the 1,000 Books program work?
Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler, and/or preschooler. The program is self-paced and can take a few months to a few years, depending on how often you read together. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten.
How do I sign-up?
Register in the children’s room and receive a free Early Literacy folder. Keep track of books on a fun log as you read them, and receive prizes when you reach milestones along the way. (100, 250, 500, 750, 1,000 books.)
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library.
“You don’t need to be an early childhood literacy expert to help your son or daughter become a strong reader and writer. A few basic ideas and activities pursued diligently will pay big dividends and set your child on the road to full literacy.”
Read to your child daily
The single most important and helpful thing you can do is set aside 20 minutes or more regularly.
Talk to your child
Engage your child in conversation and ask lots of questions.
Limit TV Time
Television distracts children from play and interaction with others.
Choose Activities that Build Background Knowledge
Every activity you do with your child is an opportunity to build knowledge, vocabulary, and language skill.
Be a Reader, Raise a Reader
The more books in the home, the better. Demonstrate by example the importance of literacy in your life.
Source: Hirsch, Jr., E.D. (2013) What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know. New York, NY. Bantam Books.
Listen, Read & Watch
Some vendors require you to go through a one-time registration process. It always involves your library card number. It sometimes involves your library PIN and/or your email address.
If you need help, ask a librarian! And remember that we offer personal eReader instruction by appointment with the Reference Desk.
Can kids get library cards, too?
Bronxville children of any age can receive a library card. The age at which they get a card is at the discretion of their parents. All that is required is a parent’s/guardian’s identification showing proof of address and their signature on the application form. Click here for more information.
Do adults need to stick around?
Parents or caregivers are responsible for their children’s behavior. Parents or caregivers may not leave a child under the age of 9 unattended at any time and must make arrangements to pick-up older children at closing.