Now that school is out, we look forward to seeing the kids using the library throughout the long, lazy days of summer. Just a reminder, children under the age of 10 should not be left unattended at the library. Kids are not allowed to use computers alone unless they are at least 10 years of age. We welcome children to the library, but we are not babysitters! Please enjoy using the library as a family. When children reach the age of 10 and you allow them to come to the library on their own, we appreciate parents’ ensuring that the kids understand they must behave, be quiet and respect the library equipment, library staff and other patrons. Let’s all have a great summer, enjoying books, movies, fishing poles and all that our library has to offer!
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It’s time once again to sign up for summer reading. This year’s theme is “Read-For the Win!” Our first event will be a party here at the library on Sat. June 18 at 10am. Kids ages 4-12 may sign up any time before then, by calling us at 523-4820, stopping in, or emailing us at email@example.com. Keep your reading skills sharp while also having plenty of fun with games, competitions, fun, food and prizes. Spend your summer Reading for the Win!
This great group of junior high students spent a couple of hours beautifying the outside of the library today, in honor of Earth Day. They pulled weeds, picked up trash, replaced our worn flag with a new one, carried out paper and cardboard for recycling and washed windows. (Notice that sparkling shine!) Then they came inside and recycled old greeting cards into colorful and creative bookmarks. These and other students of Germantown Elementary were out and about all over town today, beautifying parks, streets and yards. We appreciate all your hard work, kids!
Do you have a child who struggles with reading or math? This training may be for you! Family Matters will present a workshop at the Christian Activity Center in East St. Louis on Wed. April 27 at 12:30pm. The goal is to help parents understand what support is available at school and how progress is monitored. Each parent who attends gets a $20 Walmart gift card! The class is free. Just call Felinda at 618-874-5615 to register.
Each year we celebrate libraries with a coloring contest and this year’s winners are pictured above. All entries, from kindergartners through 4th graders, are hanging up at the library. So stop in and see the great job these young artists have done. Plus pick up a small surprise when you visit us any time this week!
This summer, St. Louis University will be offering online reading programs for children entering preschool through the 12th grade. These programs are individualized and provide instruction in phonics, comprehension, fluency, textbook study skills, speed reading and love of reading. New sessions begin each week and are expected to fill fast. For more information or to register call 1-800-964-9974. We have flyers you can pick up at the library to learn more.
Although it doesn’t feel like it today, spring is finally here. Just wanted to wish all our patrons a Happy Easter and happy spring season. The library will not be closed over Easter weekend, but will be open normal hours. If you need a break from the candy and egg hunts, stop in and pick up a good book to relax with.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the spring Health Fair Screenings provided by HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital at area locations. You may pick up a form here at the library to preregister or download the form at http://www.stjoebreese.com
Do you know someone who’s recently had a new baby? Please let us know. The library has a great program where a welcome packet is sent to new parents in the Germantown library district. The packet includes a cute bib saying “Read to Me” and several other goodies. However if the parents aren’t already library patrons or aren’t in the phone book, we don’t always have access to home addresses. Just call us at 523-4820 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the parents’ name and address and date of birth of the new addition, and we’ll be happy to send a welcome packet.