Children and Youth
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To see what’s new in the children collection, click on Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award 2013-14 List .
The library has all of the Red Clover award nominees for 2013-2014. Red Clover picture books are aimed at children in grades K through 4. Click Red Clover Book Award Nominees to see the list for 2013-2014.
A computer especially for young children sits on a table that is just the right size for the younger set. There are two chairs so friends can enjoy activities together. This computer is specially configured to enhance safe Internet access for young children. It can play DVDs. On the computer's Desktop are links to several entertaining and educational websites for young children.
Pre-school Story Hours are on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 A.M. and Tuesday evenings at 6:30 P.M. Children will enjoy age-appropriate stories, activities and crafts. Families and daycares are welcome to attend. Please call the library for further information.
The library provides an inviting area for children to listen to stories.
The Reading Is Fundamental Program
In the above photo children listen eagerly to a community volunteer who reads them stories in the Reading Is Fundamental program.
Brown Public Library is fortunate to have a contract with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children's and family literacy organization, serving pre-kindergarten through fifth grade children in Northfield. The mission of this program is to inspire passion for reading and learning through innovative literacy programs and services. The local funds for this program have come from generous donations from the Sid and Cecelia Lance Family Foundation here in Northfield.
The library makes reading fun through exciting motivational activities that culminate in "book distributions" -- opportunities for kids to choose and keep books at no cost to them or their families. Some of our past activities have included puppet shows, singers, story tellers, community readers, and trips to the library.
In Northfield, the library, through the RIF program, brings over 1,200 books to more than 300 children each year. The library is always looking for volunteers to help with the ordering, distribution, and programming for our RIF program.
For more information about RIF, please contact Nancy Munno at 485-4621.
This Northfield police officer is among the community volunteers who read stories to children in the Reading Is Fundamental program.
Internet sites that may be of interest to young children and their parents
- KidsVT (Vermont's Family Newspaper and Resource Guide)
- Sesame Street
- Disney Pre-School
- PBS Kids
- Crayola Creativity Central
- Jan Brett
School Age Links:
- Kids.gov (Official Kids Portal for the U. S. Government)
- KidsKonnect (A Safe Internet Gateway for Kids of All Ages)
- Kids On Line (KOL) Homework Help
- Scholastic.com -- The Stacks
- America's Story (Library of Congress)
- National Geographic Kids
- Ology (American Museum of Natural History)
Home Schooling Links: