For the bookish among us, the Valley Community Library in Peckville is a great resource. For kids, it's a great place to discover the joy of books. And with the new year festivities behind us, library staffers have a number of improvements, programs and events in store.
One of the newest additions is an "early literacy station," a self-contained educational computer, equipped with a touchscreen, keyboard and mouse. Children can choose an educational title and then choose the level of difficulty. Library officials say the programs are easy to navigate, fun and educational.
There are 50 titles, which are chosen for age appropriateness, educational value, replay interest, ease of use, entertainment value, graphics and sound and discovery and growth. Programs range from music to photography to basic reading and math skills. Purchase of this unit was made possible by the fundraising efforts of the families who attend "story time" and other library events.
The cost of the unit was more than $3,000, none of which was taken from the basic operating and programming budget, officials hasten to add.
The library has also added more than two dozen "learning kits" to its children's collection. These all-inclusive themed kits that are reportedly designed to give children a concrete sense of concepts in math and reading. These are available for parents, tutors and teachers to check out and for children to enjoy.
In other library news, its winter reading club for kids has begun: kids can pick up a reading log and keep track of the minutes they read through the end of February. Prizes and incentives will be given to participants along with the chance to win some raffle baskets. Everyone participating will be invited to the annual "Seussical" celebration on Saturday, March 2, which will feature a return visit from the Cat in the Hat.
Teens can also participate and have a chance to win gift cards from Best Buy, iTunes and others. They can log their reading time online and visit the library's Facebook page for updates. The library's adult reading club, dubbed "Cabin Fever." runs throughout the month of February.
The library will hold the winter session of its popular "family place" parent/child workshop on Wednesdays through Feb. 20, at 10:30 a.m. for families with children ages 3 to 36 months. It will feature local professionals who serve as resources for parents while children play in age-appropriate activity centers. Parents can register their families by stopping in at the library.
Another big event is the return of local authors' night on Thursday, Feb. 7, 5-7 p.m. where visitors can meet authors and hear a reading or an excerpt while enjoying light refreshments and crafts for the children. Authors will have books available for purchase. Any interested authors should contact the library to find out how to participate.
A book sale will be held Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 26-28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A variety of both children's and adult materials will be available for sale.
The Teen Anime Club is planning a bus trip to an Anime Convention, "Zenkaikon" in Lancaster on Saturday, March 23. The cost is $85 per person, including transportation and admission to the convention; kids 17 and younger must have a signed parental permission slip.
The Valley Community Library, 739 River St., Peckville, has regular hours of Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.