Children’s News

Congratulations to our Summer Reading Participants!
We’ve just completed our 10-week Summer Reading Program! Over 2,434 books from the juvenile and teen collections circulated through curbside pickup. Participants reads for over 722 hours and 443 reading rewards were earned. A big thank you and congratulations to our 162 participants (and their parents) for sticking with us through our very first entirely virtual summer. We hope you all enjoyed the craft kits, brag tags, beads, and other rewards you’ve received. If you haven’t submitted your project slide, there’s still time! Send a picture of your project to rockvillelibrary@vernon-ct.gov and we’ll add it to our Summer Reading Celebration slideshow.

Children’s Virtual Visits
Children’s Virtual Visits are coming to Rockville Library! Starting September 1, patrons can schedule a 15-minute session to meet with a staff member and virtually browse the children’s collection through Zoom or FaceTime to select their books for curbside pick-up. There may even be some fun surprises! Please call 860-875-5892 ext. 100 or email rockvillelibrary@vernon-ct.gov with Virtual Visit in the subject line to schedule your session.

Themed Book Pick-ups
Looking to learn all about a fascinating topic? Can’t get enough of books about trains? Schedule a themed pick-up with us! Let us know your child’s age and what subject they’d like, and we’ll put together a fun themed pick-up they’re sure to enjoy. Email us at rockvillelibrary@vernon-ct.gov or call us at 860-875-5892 ext. 100 to get started.

Music and Movement Online
Join us live on Facebook every Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for our fun and interactive music and movement program! Kelly plays the guitar and sings songs your little ones will love, such as The Hokey Pokey and Baby Shark. Viewers can request songs in the comments, try to stump Kelly with rhymes in Down by the Bay, and use their imaginations to come up with passengers for The Wheels on the Bus.

Lil’ Bookworms Virtual Storytime
Check out our weekly online storytime, where Ms. Kara reads a different story on Facebook every Monday morning at 10:30! Missed it? We have a playlist of every storytime on our Facebook page so you can replay your favorites whenever you want! This program is aimed at ages 0-5 but all are welcome.

Grab ‘n Go Kits
Seasonal, ready-to-go project kits to do at home! Upcoming kits include: Make a Monster, Thanksgiving Turkeys, Snow People Greeting Cards, The Legend of the Tomten Ornament and more. Grab ‘n Go Kits are advertised as events on Facebook and Instagram and can be picked up curbside.

Quick Crafts for Kids
‘Quick Crafts for Kids’ is an ongoing playlist of projects available on our Facebook page. Using simple, everyday materials families can learn at their own pace and make something creative. Follow this playlist so that you get updates.

Library Card Sign-up Month for Kids
September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Every child who signs up for a library card or renews their expired card will receive a Wise Owl Grab ‘n Go Craft Kit. Sign up for a card here: https://rockvillepubliclibrary.org/use-the-library/borrowing-information/. Call us at 860-875-5892 Ext. 100 to renew your card. Reservations begin Sept. 1st 2020.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten​
Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read. Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success. Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6. Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor. Sign up at rockvillelibrary@vernon-ct.gov with “1000 Books Before K” in the subject. Not only does reading increase the bond between parent and newborns, infants and toddlers but it’s fun and free! Together you track their progress and receive fun rewards along the way.

Launchpads and Other Cool Resources for Kids
Have you checked out any of our Playaway Launchpads? These tablets come pre-loaded with games and activities to promote fun and learning for kids of all ages. We have Launchpads focusing on animals, STEAM, English language arts and more! Launchpads are available for curbside pick-up. Looking for some online resources for kids? Check out Bookflix and Trueflix, located under the Homework Help section on the library’s website. These resources are perfect for fun and research.

Teen News

Library Card Sign-up Month for Teens
September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Every teen aged 13-19 who signs up for a library card or renews their expired card will receive a Macramé Wall Hanging Kit. Sign up for a card here: https://rockvillepubliclibrary.org/use-the-library/borrowing-information/. Call us at 860-875-5892 Ext. 100 to renew your card. Reservations begin Sept. 1st 2020.

Super Smash Bros. Online
Join us on the Teen Discord server for an afternoon of friendlies in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! This program occurs on most Tuesdays. Please check our Facebook page for the exact dates and times. If you’re not yet on the Discord server, send us an email at rockvilleteen@vernon-ct.gov with your name, age, and Discord username and tag to get started.

Anime and Manga Club Online
Join us on the Teen Discord server to watch anime and discuss what you’ve been reading and watching. Participants can also get recommendations for new manga and anime series they may enjoy. This program occurs on most Wednesdays. Please check our Facebook page for the exact dates and times. If you’re not yet on the Discord server, send us an email at rockvilleteen@vernon-ct.gov with your name, age, and Discord username and tag to get started.​

Chronically Crafting
Follow ‘Chronically Crafting’ on the library’s Facebook page to access a playlist of craft tutorials suitable for teens through adults. Projects utilize basic supplies that you probably already have at home.

Grab ‘n Go Kits
Seasonal, ready-to-go project kits to do at home! Upcoming kits for teens include: Introduction to Junk Journaling, Fabric and Felt Bead Making, Cardboard Kumihimo Bracelet Maker and more. Grab ‘n Go Kits are advertised as events on Facebook and Instagram and available for Curbside Pickup while supplies last.