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Tuesday9 am - 7 pm
Wednesday9 am - 7 pm
Thursday9 am - 7 pm
Friday 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday9 am - 2 pm
Sunday closed

KIDS

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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This multi-year early literacy program for children starting at age 1 encourages Amery Area families to interact and engage with their children through reading 1,000 books before they enter Kindergarten. Sound hard? It's really not. If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think! Your child will receive stickers or prizes at each reading level, such as an Amery Area Public Library tote bag, a turtle bath squirter toy, a free (brand new!) book, and a nameplate for your child in a book of their choice for the collection when they hit 1,000 books! For more information, click here, stop in the library, or give us a call. For frequently asked questions, click here.

Baby Book Bees

Baby Book Bees preview

Feeling bummed that 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is only for ages 1 and up? Well, don't worry! We also have a year-long program for babies. This program encourages you or a caregiver to read 100 books to baby over the course of a year. In addition, each log contains early literacy activities to create bonding and engagement time outside of reading. Those who reach 100 books will receive a free board book and will be signed up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! For more information, give us a call or click here.

Storytime

Join Miss Riss for interactive stories, songs, and activities on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM. Stick around after storytime for engaging early learning activities. Storytime is geared toward 2-4 year-old children and their caregivers. Registration is not required.

Growing Wisconsin Readers

Sharing books with your child every day is one of the most important things you can do for her/his future. Visit Growing Wisconsin Readers for more information.

Children's Collection

The children's collection features board books, easy readers, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines for kids. New to the collection are 4 Playaway Launchpads. These tablets are pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free learning apps designed specifically for children. Four "Explore Amery" backpacks are also available for checkout.

Early Literacy Calendar

Talk, read, sing, write, and play with your child everyday using the Early Literacy Calendar--a project of the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association.

Early Literacy Station

The library offers access to an Early Literacy Station (ELS), located in the children’s area of the library. It is designed for children ages 2 through 8, and it features more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas. The Early Literacy Station is made possible through funding from the Friends of the Library.

Creative Learning Center

The Amery Area Public Library is excited to present "Bud's Creative Learning Center." Visit the library with your young ones to play at the beautiful puppet theater, kitchen set, grocery store, and more. This project was made possible by funds generously donated in memory of Bud Nelson.

Exploration Lab

The Exploration Lab is a high-interest learning space that was installed in the children's room of the library in January, 2017. It features a rotating collection of STEM materials that encourage children to learn through playful exploration and experimentation. Examples of items on rotation include an engineer a magnetic coaster kit, Magna-Tiles, acrylic-encased specimens and magnifiers, mirror discovery cubes, a programmable Bee-Bot, puzzles, and more. This space was made possible through funds generously donated in memory of Christopher Paulson.

Baby/Toddler Zone

The Baby/Toddler Zone is an early learning space that was installed in the children's room of the library in January, 2017. It includes a playful area rug, seating for adults, and a shelving unit that houses a rotating collection of toys that are developmentally appropriate for children between the ages of 0-3. Most of the items are made of natural and durable materials and include shape and color sorters, sensory balls and blocks, puzzles, and more.

Children's Book Suggestions

Awards: Caldecott Medal (for most distinguished illustrations in an American picture book for children)

Awards: Geisel Award (for most distinguished American book for beginning readers)

Awards: Newbery Medal (for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children)

Bedtime Stories: Picture Books

Chapter Books with Graphic Novel Elements

Chapter Books: Easy

Chapter Books: Intermediate

Chapter Books: Advanced

Classics: 50 Classic Picture Books

Concepts: Alphabet Books

Concepts: Colors

Concepts: Numbers and Counting

Concepts: Opposites

Easiest Books for Emergent Readers

Great Picture Books to Share with Toddlers

Humorous Picture Books

Pop-up, Lift the Flap, and Other Interactive Books

Rhyme: 50 Fantastic Rhyming Picture Books

Stories Without Words