While we offer story times and many materials for children, we would like to share a few of the interactive and sensory activities we have available.
The library’s mission is to promote, develop, and enhance lifelong learning and personal enrichment by meeting the needs of our community through exceptional, individualized service. Canton area residents are so fortunate to have such a rich resource. Each day during National Library Week we will highlight a unique sampling of services and features.
While we offer story times and many materials for children, we would like to share a few of the interactive and sensory activities we have available. We have a STEM table outside the children’s office. Every few months we highlight different hands-on activities for children. This month while highlighting the story “The Three Little Pigs,” we have materials for children to try to build their own sturdy house, which might withstand the huff and puff of a wolf. We are also highlighting magnetism with several magnets children can use to test items that are and are not magnetic.
Another popular feature is our large flannel board. At different times of the year we have a display the children can decorate with various accessories. Most recently we have had a pumpkin, Mr. Potato Head and a snowman. The children gravitate to this display and are eager to see the next flannel activity Miss Catherine, our Youth Services Librarian, has created.
We have an AWE learning station, which is a standalone computer station with many learning games for toddlers through middle school age. It has over 50 programs available from learning letters and numbers to practicing math and science skills. We had over 70 uses last month.
We have many interactive toys for all ages, from birth through middle school. We have a doll house and a kitchen set. It is so much fun to see how creative and imaginative children can be, and to see them socialize with other children at the library.
And last but not least we have many parents and grandparents who read to their children during their library visit. Teaching your child to read is one of the most valuable gifts you can give a child.