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Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Story Times
At some point in every day, there is a story being told at the library. We host a dozen Story Times for children of all ages each week, including stories in five world languages.

Story Time

 

School Visits
We are out in the community visiting preschools and supporting teachers in promoting the benefits of early childhood literacy for lifelong learning.

Preschool and Kindergarten Fair
Parents can streamline the search process for a preschool or kindergarten by meeting representatives of area schools at this annual event. The schools will provide information about philosophy, programs, availability and the application process.

Book Bundles
We compile great read-alouds for infants through age 4 and package them for easy borrowing.

Activity Room
Our third floor Activity Room is open most times of the day for infants, toddlers, and their parents to play and socialize.

Tumblebooks
With a Princeton Public Library card or on computers in the library, early readers and parents can gain access to a collection of animated, talking books which teach the joy of reading in a format you'll love.

Playaway Views
The library has a collection of these portable, pre-loaded, self-playing video players, each of which holds multiple videos from Sesame Street, Weston Woods, Spoken Arts, and other studios.

Wee Reads
Our summer reading club for preschoolers, which rewards families who participate in early literacy exercises, has become a model for libraries nationwide.

Parents

Collection
The library has a comprehensive collection of books and other materials reflecting the latest thinking about parenting children of all ages. Ask us for suggestions.

Series
We host series on topics of interest to parents, including early brain development, youth health issues, and the influence of the Internet. See our quarterly magazine, Connections, for details.

Book A Trip
Keep the library in mind when planning your vacation. Fill out the 'Book A Trip' form, let us know what you like, and we'll create a package of materials and have them waiting for you at the Youth Services Desk.

Elementary Schoolers

Children's Book Festival
Every September, the library connects readers with writers, bringing top national and regional authors and illustrators to Hinds Plaza.

Readers Advisory
Stumped for what to read? Tell us what you've read and we'll make suggestions tailor-made for you.

Book Lists
Since we're experts on what kids are reading, we can generate grade-specific lists of recommended titles for children.

Clubs
We have age-specific clubs where kids can meet other kids who love stores and reading: Children and Stories (ages 5-7), Heads and Tales (ages 7-9) and Word for Word (ages 10-12).

Reading to Emma
Emma, the reading therapy dog, is here Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. to "listen" to reluctant readers.

Game On
Each Friday (while school is in session) at 3:30 p.m., the focus is on fun as young people are invited to play video games, ping pong, and board games.

Summer Reading Club
Each year, we plan a series of events around a theme while children of all ages can read for rewards.

Educators

Collection
We have a wide range of books to support the professional development of teachers from preschool through grade 12.

Curriculum Support Services
Our staff can suggest materials from the library's collection to assist your teaching or to aid in research by your students.

Digital Resources
Looking for a way to reinforce the language you're teaching? Suggest that your students check out our free online Mango service. Searching for a film to show in class? Choose from thousands of documentaries in our Films on Demand collection, which can be streamed into your classroom.

Art Board
If you would like to exhibit artwork by your students, the third floor has a large display area that can serve as a gallery for work.

 

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