All storytimes at the Clayton Library employ a five week Every Child Ready to Read series structure. ECRR is a research-based early literacy program that enlists caregivers as partners in preparing their children for learning to read. Storytime is more than just books, together we will Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play our way to early literacy confidence.
The two weeks between storytime series we offer Open Play programs. Open Play is an unstaffed program. Drop-In at your usual storytime day and time and enjoy the space to play and network with other caregivers and children in their age group. Books, toys, and music will be made available to encourage playtime that is vital to early childhood development.
Our storytimes and Open Play programs are currently being held on a drop-in basis. Check out our events calendar and join us soon!
- Baby Storytime or Open Play is on Monday mornings. These programs are for babies 6 -18 months, along with their caregiver(s).
- Toddler Storytimes or Open Plays are on Tuesday mornings. These programs are for toddlers ages 18-36 months, along with their caregiver(s).
- Preschool Storytime or Open Play is on Wednesday mornings. These programs are for preschoolers ages 3-5 years, along with their caregiver(s).
Other Children's Events:
- Book Worms Book club for Kids grades 3-5 - Designed for kids in grades 3-5. In this book club, we will discuss one book each month and create a craft or activity related to the month's book. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate along with their child(ren). If you plan to participate, register on our Eventbrite page!
- Exploring STEAM, K-2nd Grade- Science Technology Engineering Art & Math. Each session explores a high-interest topic kids are curious about with experiments & activities. Currently being offered via Zoom. Learn more on our Eventbrite page!
- Tech Friday, 3rd-5th Grade- Science Technology Engineering Art & Math. Each session explores a high-interest topic kids are curious about with experiments & activities. Currently being offered via Zoom. Learn more on our Eventbrite page!
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- TedEd - is TED's youth and education initiative which aims to spark and celebrate your child's ideas.
- North Carolina Elementary Battle Of The Books - This site lists each year's Battle of the Books lists.
- Encyclopedia.com - Has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations.
- Fact Monster Dictionary - Definitions of thousands of words and games and links for word lovers.
- Fact Monster Encyclopedia - Access articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia.
- Free Dictionary - A dictionary containing over 260,000 entries, the main source being American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
- Merriam-Webster World Central - Look up words in the student dictionary, build your own dictionary, read about the daily buzzword, and play games.
- The Carnegie Cyber Academy - Tips for kids and parents on internet safety as well as an interactive educational game, Carnegie Cadets!
- FBI - Kids Safety - An interactive tutorial for students by the FBI; ideal tool to incorporate into internet safety education.
- GetNetWise - Online safety guide, tools for families, ways to report trouble, and websites for kids.
- Online Tools For Parents And Children - Lists several sites to help you navigate the Internet with your child
- SafeKids - Rules for online safety, guidelines for parents, and information about filtering software.
- Connect Safely - This site is dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you'll find research-based safety tips, parents' guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.
- ALA Great Websites For Kids - Guidelines to follow on how to keep safe while using the internet.