Saturday, March 30, 2019

April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Youth Department at the Apache Junction Library. We have poems that you can put in your pocket to take home. You may also want to check out a poetry book either from our poetry display or from our children's non-fiction section. Poems can be found under the call number J 811. There, you may find anthologies by Shel Silverstein or Dr. Seuss, just to name a few!

Perhaps after reading some poems, you may want to try a fun poetry activity at home. One fun activity I like to do with kids is chalk poetry. First, ask your child to come up with an original poem or pick out a favorite poem. With chalk, have your child write down their poem on the sidewalk or a chalkboard and add illustrations. Depending on your child's age, you may just want to ask your child to draw a picture inspired by a poem you've read together or to write down two rhyming words. Participate in this activity with your child and write up your own poem with them. This is a great opportunity to build your child's vocabulary and fine-motor skills which improves their reading and writing abilities.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Sign up your child for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten at the Apache Junction Public Library! Any child who has not started kindergarten is welcome to participate, and the goal is to have 1,000 books read before your child begins kindergarten! The program is free; just go to a library service desk to get your kiddo started. Upon sign up, your child will receive their first tracker sheet with 100 stickers and a free Friends of the Library book bag. You can count any book that has been read to them and even read the same book over and over again. For every 100 books read, your child gets to pick a free book to keep. At the end of the program, your child will have 10 free books!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Check out our new bulletin board at AJ!

Pete sent us some St. Paddy's Day-themed postcards with paw-written messages. What a smart cat!