Back Mountain Memorial Library

A member of the Luzerne County Library System

96 Huntsville Road

Dallas, PA 18612

HOURS: Mon  -  Thurs:           9:30am - 8:30pm

              Friday:                      9:30am - 5:30pm

              Saturday:                  9:30am - 4:30pm
PH:  570-675-1182             FAX:  570-674-5863

Cruise Into Kindergarten with Play K

Playscape 3: Let’s Go Shopping!

Monday, May 1 ~ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

For children who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2017.

Call or come in to register.

 

This playscape explores the theme of shopping and beginning economics. Children will learn how money relates to the purchase of goods and services, using a grocery store as the example. Toys include pretend foods, shopping baskets, shopping lists, picture/word rings, and a “Play & Learn Cash Register”.

Make A Calm Down Kit
and Story Hour
CANCELLED. Please check back soon
for the rescheduled date.
Children's Room
Call or come in to register.
 
Jennifer Billig, a consultant for The Arc and the Include Me program, will hold a session on creating a Calm Down Kit for your child.
Parents and caregivers are invited to meet with Ms. Billig to make a kit to take home, while their child enjoys a story hour!

Cruise Into Kindergarten with Play K

Playscape 4: All Around Town

Monday, May 8 ~ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

For children who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2017.

Call or come in to register.

 

This playscape explores the theme of community and citizenship and focuses on the different people in the community and how when everyone works together, the community is a better place. Toys include a community sorting center, community helper figures and a set of “Community Vehicles & Buildings with Garages”.

Pennsylvania One Book
Every Young Child
Thursday, May 18
Children's Room ~ 11:00am - 12:00pm
For children 6 years old and under.
Call or come in to register.
 
Join us for this fun and valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, and the importance of reading to children early and often. Every family will receive a paperback copy of this year's book, stickers, and a parent guide!

This year's book selection will be Daniel Finds A Poem, written and illustrated by Micha Archer. At the city park gates, Daniel sees a sign for a poetry event on Sunday. Daniel asks “What is poetry?”. Each page shows him encountering a new idea about poetry with a different animal. Archer’s first book as author shows that the poetry of nature belongs to everyone by setting her story in a large city park with colorful illustrations of nature’s beauty.

Cruise Into Kindergarten with Play K

Mondays ~ 6:00pm - 7:00pm

For children who will enter

kindergarten in the fall of 2017.

Call or come in to register.

 

The Back Mountain Memorial Library has been chosen to participate in a new program called “Cruise Into Kindergarten with Play K”, which focuses on using play to help preschoolers develop the skills needed to be successful in kindergarten and later in life. Through games and activities, children will develop fine motor skills, spatial and problem-solving skills, build their vocabulary, use their imagination, improve letter recognition and number skills, and grow narrative skills and comprehension. In addition, the playscapes are designed to encourage interaction in order to develop social and emotional skills. The best part is that all of this will be learned while children are playing and having fun.

 

Heather Pitcavage, a first grade teacher, and Jennifer Perch, a Title 1 Reading Aide, will present the materials and a curriculum of activities for six different playscapes. Each center is designed around an early childhood theme or topic to provide an interactive learning experience for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), exploration, and play. Within each playscape, the nine key learning areas from Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood are reinforced as children and parents play and learn together.

 

April 17 Playscape 1: All Aboard! This playscape explores the theme of transportation, including the different kinds of transportation and why it is important to our daily lives. Toys include puzzles, a sound-matching game, and a “Vehicle Sorting Center”.

April 24 Playscape 2: A Home for Me and a Home for You. This playscape explores the theme of house and home, including the different kinds of houses that people live in within communities. Toys include a puppet set, a rhyming game, and a “House Building Center”.

May 1 Playscape 3: Let’s Go Shopping! This playscape explores the theme of shopping and beginning economics. Children will learn how money relates to the purchase of goods and services, using a grocery store as the example. Toys include pretend foods, shopping baskets, shopping lists, picture/word rings, and a “Play & Learn Cash Register”.

May 8 Playscape 4: All Around Town. This playscape explores the theme of community and citizenship and focuses on the different people in the community and how when everyone works together, the community is a better place. Toys include a community sorting center, community helper figures and a set of “Community Vehicles & Buildings with Garages”.

May 15 Playscape 5: Amazing Animals – Pets. This playscape explores the theme of animals as pets and what they need to live and grow. Toys include puzzles, a fine motor skills game, and a “Pet Vet Center”.

May 22 Playscape 6: My Colorful World. This playscape explores the theme of color and light and how colors help us describe the objects in our world. Toys include a puppet set, size and color sorting bears, a set of “Light and Color Tabletop Blocks”, and a “Color and Light Science Kit”.

 

Materials and books (fiction and informational text) for hands-on learning are provided. Parents may follow this link to access literacy games and activities at home: http://www.pacruisetok.org.
 
Play K is aligned to Pennsylvania's Learning Standards for Early Childhood with the goal of promoting early learning skills within the library setting. Families and caregivers will learn how vital play is to their child’s development of early learning skills. They will also learn how five simple things (talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with their child every day) can build skills that will enable their child to be more successful in Kindergarten. Preschoolers will increase their ability to interact with other children and adults while exploring and experimenting with developmentally appropriate learning materials.
 
The PlayK program is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
Writing Workshop For
7th and 8th Grade Students
Thursdays, 4:00pm ~ 6:00pm
Call or come in to register.
 
Jamie Marino, an English Literature/Creative Writing Senior at Kings College, will conduct the classes utilizing writing prompts and individual attention to each student's material. (Sessions will continue as long as there is interest.)

Enrollment for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library 

 
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is an early literacy initiative that provides new, age-appropriate books each month to children birth to age 5, FREE of charge.
All families in the Wyoming Valley with children under the age of 5 are eligible to enroll in the program, regardless of household income.
 
Parents and guardians can enroll their child in one of the following ways:
 
1) Contact Miriam Bakewell, Community Impact Manager at
    570-829-6711 EXT 1232.
2) By completing a registration form available in the
    Children's Room of the Back Mountain Memorial Library.
 
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a United Way of Wyoming Valley initiative in collaboration with Success By 6.

 

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