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Youth Services

The Youth Services room is designed to serve children and the adults who care for them. There are over 4,000 titles of books for children, over 200 audio books and over 200 DVDs available for check out in the children’s collection. The collection is always growing and changing to meet the needs of the community. The books and media are divided into sections by interest and reading levels. Please feel free to ask a library staff person for assistance if you are having trouble locating an item.
iPads
There are two ipads available for children loaded with a variety of learning apps. There is also a stand up computer available to access the library catalog, reference the AR Bookfinder and access age appropriate reading lists.
Field Trips
Age appropriate field trips for groups such as, school classes, scout troops and homeschoolers are available with prior planning with a librarian.
Summer Reading
Every summer the library offers an Incentive Reading Program along with special events for school-age children. Information about these programs is availible at the library.
The Toddler Time and Story Time programs continue throughout the year. For more information about these programs please visit their page which can be accessed under Youth.

Teens

We had another GREAT Teen Summer Volunteer program this year! There were 20 volunteers who helped with the children’s programs, shelving and Saturday Teen Tech activities. We even decorated a float and rode in the July 4th Parade! Applications for next summer will be available after Spring Break 2017.

Teens are welcome to join our Tween Tech Club this school year. We will meet every Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting in October. See the Tween Tech Club tab for topics.

 

Contact Pat Galvin (teenservices@wimberleylibrary.org) for additional info. 512/847-2188, ext.7
If you are interested in getting a few volunteer hours during the school year, come in to fill out an application, or fill out and return the application below.

Tween Tech Club

Starting in October, the Wimberley Village Library will begin its Tween Tech Club! The club is designed for ages 9-12 and will run from 2-5 each Saturday. Topics will include things like:  3D Printer, Coding, Stop Animation, Raspberry Pi, Soldering with Circuit Boards, Movie Making, Legos, Chess, etc. The tweens will learn how to work with these new technologies and be allowed time for a hands-on experience.

Toddler Time

 Every Monday, 10:30 am until 11:30 am. It’s designed for children between the ages of 0 to 3 years old and their care givers. Toddler Time typically includes singing, one children’s story, a fingerplay, an easy craft related to the theme of the day, and perhaps a flannel board activity. This is the perfect space to introduce your young children to the fresh concepts of interacting with books. It is a safe and comfortable environment for learning library behavior. Emily McDonald, the library’s children and youth specialist, prepares and conducts Toddler Time.

Pre-School Story Time:

Every Friday, 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. It’s designed for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old and their care givers. Story Time typically includes two children’s stories, a song and fingerplay, an easy craft related to the theme of the day, and perhaps a flannel board activity.

How do I know if my child is old enough to participate?

If your child has moved beyond looking at the pictures alone in a children’s book and can understand the story told in the words and pictures of a children’s book, your child is probably ready. Discuss story time with your child before you come. Let him or her know they are expected to sit and listen while the story is being read, but also there will be time to sing, make a craft, visit with friends, and select some books to check out. Stay close and enjoy the stories too.

Emily McDonald, the library’s children and youth specialist, prepares and conducts Pre-school Story Time.

Reading Programs

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The program is based upon solid evidence from research findings that the more children ages 0-5 hear books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn to read upon reaching kindergarten.
Along the way, we hope you’ll make some wonderful memories and of course, have lots of FUN!

What to do:

Enroll your child at the Wimberley Village Library and receive your free Book Bag and 1000 Books journal. Fill the bag up with lots of great books to check out and read, read, read!
Once you’ve filled out your log, bring it to the Circulation Desk. We will punch your progress card and give you another log to fill out. Each log represents 100 books read. There will be a total of a total of to fill out.
Your child will receive a small gift after each 100 books read, a book of their own after 500 books read and a special t-shirt at the completion of 1000 books read.
Along the way, we will have several special events for participating families.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can sign up for this program?
Any child from birth until kindergarten.
 
Why is it important to read to very young children?
Developing literacy skills begins at birth and continues throughout the toddler and pre-school years. The best way to ensure a child has the skills necessary to learn to read is having someone read aloud to them.
 
If we read a book more than once can I count it each time?
Absolutely! Children love to hear their favorite stories again and again and benefit from hearing a book read whether it is something new or an old favorite.
 
Can I count the books read to my child in Storytime?
Yes, just ask for the titles. You can also count books read at preschool or daycare.

Free Reading Program

The Free Reading Program is sponsored by the Wimberely Rotary Club to give parents and teachers an all-new way to let their children and students read anywhere and anytime without a physical book.

Our goal is to enhance the literacy skills of English language learners of all ages. The program will help improve English reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and much more.

http://freereadingprogram.com/campus/about?c=58

Summer Incentive Reading Program

Every summer the library offers an Incentive Reading Program. The research is clear that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative effect.  The incentive reading program is available for children ages 2 years though high school.  Children read or listen to books, fill out their reading logs and redeem them for prizes at the library.  Every summer there is a variety of incentive prizes offered, ranging from coupons for a free ice cream cone at The Wimberley Cafe, a one day pass to the Mckenna Children’s Museum or a movie pass to the Corral Theatre.  Last summer over 650 reading logs were redeemed!

More information on the summer Incentive Reading Program will be available in May.