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Please complete this form to request a Destination Kindergarten Storytime Kit.  Kits may be borrowed for 2 weeks.  Each kit contains: 5-7 books, a binder with songs, action rhymes, and fingerplays, and several classroom manipulatives for activities.  A staff member will contact you within 2-3 days regarding your request. 

Please note:  These kits are intended for classroom use, and you must be an employee of a childcare facility to request a kit.

 

With funding provided by

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Available Kits:

Alphabet Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as egg shakers, action flash cards, and more.
B is for Bear by Roger Priddy
ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

 

Alphabet Kit

Colors Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as color paddles and items for flannel and magnet boards.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
Pete the Cat, I love my White Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin
Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

 

Colors Kit

Dogs Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as an interactive B-I-N-G-O song and a doghouse game for flannel and magnet boards.
There are two varieties of dogs kits, books are split as such:
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Sally Goes to the Vet by Stephen Huneck
The Dog House by Jan Thomas

Dog by Matthew Van Fleet
Dogs by Emily Gravett
Spot’s First Walk by Eric Hill
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Move Over, Rover! By Karen Beaumont

 

Dog Kit

Farm Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as a handheld set of farm animal pictures, baby chicks and mother hen flannel and magnet board activity, and more.
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Barhan-Quallen
Hogwash by Karma Wilson
Pete the Cat and Old Macdonald Had a Farm by James Dean
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Down By The Barn by Will Hillenbrand
Farm Babies by H. A. Rey

 

Farm Kit

Food Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as a felt pizza making set, a hungry monster set for flannel and magnet board, and more.
Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
Stanley’s Shop by William Bee
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Rah, Rah, Radishes! By April Sayre
Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass

 

Food  Kit

Shapes Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as scarves, handheld pairs of shapes, and more.
Shape By Shape by Suse MacDonald
Tangled: A Story About Shapes by Anne Miranda
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
City Shapes by Diana Murray
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham

 

Shapes Kit

Things That Go Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as a felt traffic light for flannel or magnet board, a set of steering wheels, and more.
Go Go Gorillas by Julia Durango
Duck on A Bike by David Shannon
The Bus is For Us! by Michael Rosen
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
Mighty Truck by Chris Barton
Freight Train by Donald Crews

 

Things That Go Kit

 

 


 

You can only borrow one kit at a time.
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Destination Kindergarten

Destination Kindergarten is the library’s program aimed at preschoolers and their caregivers- trying to help them practice the skills they need to be ready for Kindergarten.  During each Destination Kindergarten event, preschoolers and their caregivers can find a specalized area in the library with fun books, take-home activities, and information about development milestones and school readiness.

See below for more information on upcoming events and take-home packets and activities.

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From early literacy to beyond, we're here to support your child's education.  Find out about programs like Destination Kindergarten, LPL After School, and Student Success.  Educators can apply for a Teacher Card and request a "bucket of books" or storytime kit.

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New Versailles Road Library Branch to be named Marksbury Family Branch

Lexington, Kentucky (March 9, 2022) – Lexington Public Library and Lexington Public Library Foundation are honored to announce that the Marksbury Family Foundation has committed the lead gift for the capital campaign to rebuild the library branch at the corner of Versailles Road and Village Drive.  In recognition of their generosity, the new facility will be named the Marksbury Family Branch when it opens in 2024.

Lexington, Kentucky (March 9, 2022) – Lexington Public Library and Lexington Public Library Foundation are honored to announce that the Marksbury Family Foundation has committed the lead gift for the capital campaign to rebuild the library branch at the corner of Versailles Road and Village Drive.  In recognition of their generosity, the new facility will be named the Marksbury Family Branch when it opens in 2024.

The Library purchased the site in late 2020 after leasing the facility for 15 years, with plans to demolish the current building.  A new two-story facility will replace it with nearly triple the amount of space available for library services.  The new building will include community and study rooms, a dedicated classroom, makerspace, outdoor reading area, expanded adult and children’s areas, and a drive-thru window where customers can pick up and return borrowed materials.  The Library estimates that it will serve approximately 1 million visitors per year at this location.  The Library Foundation has committed to raising $5.3 million in support of this $17 million project through a public-private partnership. 

The Marksbury Family Foundation, founded by Davis Marksbury, invests in innovative projects that provide sustainable, life-changing opportunities for individuals and communities.  “We are excited to invest in this community-wide resource, which offers countless educational resources to everyone in the greater Lexington area,” said Logan Marksbury, President of the Marksbury Family Foundation.  “Our family has been very fortunate, and we love to provide new opportunities for others to succeed through our Foundation.”  The Marksbury Family Foundation has supported the University of Kentucky, Lexington Leadership Foundation’s Woodhill Community Center, Blue Grass Community Foundation’s Good Giving Challenge, and many other projects in the educational and entrepreneurial spaces.

This donation is the single largest commitment in the history of the Lexington Public Library Foundation, which has supported our public library system since 1997.  “The fundraising success of the Library Foundation speaks to the commitment of our donors and the impact of the Lexington Public Library system,” said Erin Serrate, Chair of the Library Foundation Board.  “Like the individuals it serves, the Library has unlimited potential, and our role is to ensure that the Library has the financial resources it needs to meet our community’s educational needs.” 

The Library Foundation supports new projects, capital needs, and specialty programs.  Recent investments include Destination Kindergarten (with the PNC Foundation’s signature Grow Up Great initiative), the Eastside Branch (contributing $1.3M for the project), and the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab, which will open later this month. 

“Our Library system thrives when our community comes together,” said Executive Director Heather Dieffenbach. “We are grateful for the support of the Marksbury Family Foundation and the leadership of the Lexington Public Library Foundation.  Together, we will accomplish great things to support the citizens of Central Kentucky.”  For more information about the project or to get involved, please visit www.lexpublib.org/village.

For general information on Lexington Public Library, their programs, and their partners, please visit www.lexpublib.org and their social media pages @lexpublib. Follow the Library Foundation on Facebook at @lexingtonpubliclibraryfoundation or visit www.lexpublib.org/foundation

New Versailles Road Library Branch to be named Marksbury Family Branch
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Free program being offered at Northside and Village Branches

Lexington, Kentucky (December 20, 2022) – Lexington Public Library announced today that its popular LPL After School program will return in 2023, beginning January 2. 

LPL After School is a FREE drop-in program for kids aged 5-12 that takes place after regular school hours, Mondays through Fridays from 4-6pm.  The Library, in partnership with God’s Pantry, will provide snacks for all participants as well as STEAM and enrichment activities, homework help, and reading recommendations. And there’s no need to register—just show up!

Lexington, Kentucky (December 20, 2022) – Lexington Public Library announced today that its popular LPL After School program will return in 2023, beginning January 2. 

LPL After School is a FREE drop-in program for kids aged 5-12 that takes place after regular school hours, Mondays through Fridays from 4-6pm.  The Library, in partnership with God’s Pantry, will provide snacks for all participants as well as STEAM and enrichment activities, homework help, and reading recommendations. And there’s no need to register—just show up!

“Lexington Public Library is thrilled to once again offer our After School program to the community,” said Executive Director Heather Dieffenbach. “The Library and our partners are committed to being a resource to families here in the Bluegrass and providing a safe environment where children and youth are able to grow and thrive.” 

For more information, please visit the Lexington Public Library’s website athttps://www.lexpublib.org/afterschool and their social media pages @lexpublib. 

Free program being offered at Northside and Village Branches
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The Kentucky Images collection contains postcards, photographs and slides of people, architecture, and locations in Kentucky and Appalachia.

 

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Find out what's happening at our locations.  Browse upcoming events and discover our dedicated learning spaces.  Reserve a meeting room.  Explore our galleries and special collections.

The William Stamps Farish, III Theater at the Central Library is available to the community for lectures, live music, community forums, film festivals, small theatrical productions, dance performances, literary readings, debates, and other creative uses.

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Grand Opening set for Saturday, March 9

Lexington, Kentucky (January 17, 2024) – Lexington Public Library is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Marksbury Family Branch of the Lexington Public Library.

Festivities include a Media Day event on Friday, March 8 from 8:30-10am and a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, March 9 (more details coming soon). The current Village Branch will remain open through 6pm on Friday, February 23.

Lexington, Kentucky (January 17, 2024) – Lexington Public Library is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Marksbury Family Branch of the Lexington Public Library.

Festivities include a Media Day event on Friday, March 8 from 8:30-10am and a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, March 9 (more details coming soon). The current Village Branch will remain open through 6pm on Friday, February 23.

The Marksbury Family Foundation has committed the lead gift for the capital campaign to rebuild the former Village Branch. The new two-story facility boasts nearly triple the amount of space available for library services. The new building will include community and study rooms, a dedicated classroom, makerspace, outdoor reading area, expanded adult and children’s areas, and a drive-thru window where customers can pick up and return borrowed materials. The Library estimates that it will serve approximately 1 million visitors per year at this location. The Library Foundation has committed to raising $5.3 million in support of this $17 million project through a public-private partnership.

This donation is the single largest commitment in the history of the Lexington Public Library Foundation, which has supported our public library system since 1997.

“Our Library system thrives when our community comes together,” said Executive Director Heather  Dieffenbach. “We are grateful for the support of the Marksbury Family Foundation and the leadership  of the Lexington Public Library Foundation. Together, we will accomplish great things to support  the citizens of Central Kentucky.”

For more information about the project or to get involved, please visit www.lexpublib.org/village.  For general information on Lexington Public Library, their programs, and their partners, please visit www.lexpublib.org and their social media pages @lexpublib. Follow the Library Foundation on Facebook at @lexingtonpubliclibraryfoundation or visit www.lexpublib.org/foundation.
 

Grand Opening set for Saturday, March 9