Reading Without Walls

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library invites you to participate in the first annual Reading Without Walls challenge.  Participants are challenged to read:
  • One book about a character that does not look or live like you.
  • A book about a topic you do not know much about.
  • A book in a different format than what you would usually read for fun (such as a graphic novel or an audio book.  

Readers who complete the challenge will receive a free book!  

Reading Without Walls is open to youth ages birth to eighteen.  Participants can pick up their reading logs starting April 1st.  Reading logs must be returned by Saturday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m.

This reading challenge was created by Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and is sponsored by the Children’s Book Council, Children’s Book Week, Every Child a Reader, the Library of Congress, and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.  

Book Party

Monday, April 10th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Celebrate some of your favorite children’s books with an hour of activities and crafts.  This month we are celebrating A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket! Open to all ages.  No registration required.

Carting K-9's
Saturday, March 25th 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library invites you to meet the mighty carting dogs!  Volunteers from Carting K-9s will be visiting the library to provide participants with a ride in their dog carts.  Rides will take place around the library grounds.  This program is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Spring Early Literacy Classes

Rhyme Time
Ages Birth-3 years

Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Rhyme Time offers caregivers and children the perfect opportunity to engage with songs, rhymes, and simple stories.  Each 20-30 minute class period is followed by a play time.

Growing Readers
Ages 3-5 years
Thursdays 9:30-10:30

Growing Readers allows children and their favorite adult to engage with songs, rhymes, stories, and play.  Each session includes picture books, movement activities, and nursery rhymes.  Each 30 minute class period is followed by art or activities and a play time.

Please Register Here

Pokémon Club

Pokémon enthusiasts ages 6-12 years are invited to meet other fans and show off their cards at the new and improved Pokémon Club.  Participants are invited to battle their Pokémon or trade cards at their own discretion.  Bring your own snacks!  The library will not be providing any cards.  No registration is required.

Program Dates:

February 14th
March 14th
April 11th

Block Engineering Club

Students are provided LEGOs and the opportunity to test their engineering skills and their creativity at this monthly building club.  Each session will have its own theme though participants may build what they choose.  Each student’s creation is placed on display in the children’s section until the next meeting.  Open to children ages 4-12.  No registration is required.

January 17th
February 21st
March 21st
April 18th

Reading with Rover

Reading is always more fun with a four-legged friend.  Participants of all ages are invited to stop in and read with one of our certified therapy dogs.  No registration is required.

January 28th
February 25th
April 22nd

1000 Books before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program offered by the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library that invites caregivers and children to share books every day.  Research shows that the more children are read to before entering school the more ready they are to learn once they get there.  Not only will reading to your child every day help them learn but it provides you with a fun, free activity that the entire family can enjoy. 

If you have a child between the ages of birth to five years and would like to participate, please register at the circulation desk during regular library hours. Participants receive a sticker for every level they complete.  In addition, they receive a library bag when they reach the 500 book milestone and a forever book upon completion of the program.