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Resources and Tips for Parents

Tips for helping children get the most out of visiting the library:

  • Visit the library on a regular basis.
    Regular visits to the library establish a life long pattern. Your child will learn to regard the library as an important part of his or her life.
  • Get to know the library staff.
    Children (and adults) are sometimes shy about asking the librarian for help. They’ll be less afraid of approaching a familiar face. Younger children will know where to go for help if they are separated from their adult.
  • Talk to your child about library manners and other rules of using the library.
    You know the rules... indoor voices, no running, pick up your toys when you’re through playing; don’t put books back on the shelves; and so on. But you may have some family rules of your own.
  • Stay with your young children in the children’s department and take them with you to explore the other areas of the library.
    The "grown ups library" has all of the same things as the children’s department. As your child gets older, they’ll easily make the transition to using the rest of the library.
  • If you don’t see or can’t find what you want, ask the librarian.
    Sometimes it can seem like you’re on a treasure hunt without a map. Don’t hesitate to ask the librarian for help. Librarians love to help. It’s second nature to us.
  • If a librarian is not helpful, let us know.
    Our library staff is dedicated to helping you use the library. If you ever feel that you are not getting the service you require, let someone know. You’ll help us be better librarians.
  • Keep track of the books that you check out.
    One helpful method of keeping track of library books is the Library Notebook. Write down the names of the books you’ve checked out along with their due date. On the next library day check your list. You’ll be sure to bring all of your books back on time. Keep your notebook. In years to come you’ll have an interesting history of your family’s reading habits.

Storytime

We have a variety of story times every week. Just drop in - no reservations are necessary. Each storytime is planned for a specific age level but siblings of a different age may attend too. Some storytimes include a simple craft.

Toddler Time

This type of storytime is usually appropriate for ages 2-3 and lasts 20 to 30 minutes. We read stories, do fingerplays and sing plenty of songs.

Bouncing Babies or Rock-A-Bye Babytime

There are two different types of baby time. One is for 6 to 18 months, the other is for 18 to 24 months. A parent or other caregiver must participate with the baby. We read one or two short books and may include singing, fingerplays, flannel board stories, puppets, or toys. This storytime lasts about 15 minutes and includes time afterwards for play, visiting, reading board books, etc.

Bedtime Stories and Preschool Storytime

These storytimes are planned for children ages 3 to 5 and last about 30 minutes. We read three to six stories, with one or two of them being longer stories. We sing and do fingerplays, but fewer than at the other storytimes. A simple craft usually follows.

We also offer our Books To Read In Kindergarten section that offers suggestions for books to read to your children.

 

Videos for Parents

Below you will find a list of videos created at the Lexington Public Library that are helpful to parents.

 

Parent-Teacher Collection

Each library location has a collection that contains materials useful for those who work with children - parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians. These materials can help you with questions about child development, ideas for thematic curriculum units, potty training, home schooling and more.

A few books from our collection: