Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Very Ready Reading Program: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Very Ready Reading Program: 1,000 Books before Kindergarten is a new library program that encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their children before they enter kindergarten  – a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves.

Research shows that the more children ages 0-5 hear and view books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn to read upon reaching kindergarten. Exposing children to 1,000 books before kindergarten not only builds reading readiness, but it provides 1,000 interactions to build supportive relationships with parents and caregivers.

How Does the Program Work? 
  • Sign up online at  or in the library. Visit the Children's Department to receive your Reading Journal and bag of goodies, including a bookmark, a sharing guide, and tips to help make reading aloud one of the most enjoyable and beneficial activities you will ever share with a child.
  • Each time you read 100 books, bring your Reading Journal to the Children's Department to receive a prize,  a sticker and the next set of pages for your journal. A staff member (with your permission) will take a picture of your child to display on our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten wall.
  • Don’t be daunted! Just 3 books a day amounts to 1,000 books in 1 year, and this program is designed to give you  time over a few years to meet your goal.
  • After finishing 1,000 books, your child will receive a special prize and an invitation to a “graduation” party. During the party the children who have completed the program during the previous year will be honored with a special story time, snack and a group photo.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Play & Learn Early Literacy Playgroup

New! Our Play & Learn Early Literacy Playgroup is an opportunity for children to make new friends as their adults network with each other. Developmentally appropriate toys, crafts, sensory materials, books, musical instruments and activities provide a literacy rich environment that will help with future reading success! Information about child development and reading readiness will be available. For ages birth to 5. Older siblings are welcome. No registration is required.

Time:  10:30 – 11:30 AM    
Dates: October 2, 9, 16 & 23
             November 6, 13 & 20

Friday, August 9, 2013

August 9 is the last day to earn prizes for the Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Programs!

Today, Friday, August 9 is the last day to log your progress to
earn prizes from the library! 

Prizes earned can be picked up in the Children's Room through Saturday, August 17.

The Grand Prize Raffles will be drawn on Monday, August 12.

Children attending school in the Coventry School system can continue to use the online program to log their progress for school through Sept. 3. The information will then be passed on to the Coventry Schools.

Questions? Contact the Children's Dept. at (860)742-7606.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Dig Into Reading! Summer Reading Programs

(Birth-5th Grade)            


Join the Booth & Dimock Memorial Library's Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Programs! 

A Read to Me Program is available for children Birth-Preschool. Reading to your child counts!

Earn prizes from our Treasure Chests or Library Vending Machine, and chances at weekly raffles and Grand Prize Raffles. 

Visit the Children's Department and Dig for Treasure in our No- Mess Sandbox, watch Harvester Ants create tunnels in their space-age habitat, and go on a Scavenger Hunt! There are a lot of great events planned, too! Visit our EVENTS page for a complete list.

To get started, visit our Dig Into Reading website at: or call (860)742-7606.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Children's Book Week (May 13-19)

       Celebrate Children's Book Week This Week (May 13-19)! 

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Pop by the Children's Department all week and learn how to draw a Chinese Dragon using Letters! Or visit and print one out yourself, along with a beautiful bookmark created by author-illustrator Grace Lin. Don't forget to check out some books!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

April Vacation Activities

April Vacation is right around the corner, and the library has some great activities planned! Call 742-7606 for more information, or visit our Events page.

Tuesday, April 16 @ 10:15 AM
Babygarten is a fun and informational program for children (ages birth to 35 months) and their caregivers.It runs in multiple 6-week sessions during the year. Babygarten focuses on how nursery rhymes, songs, and books can enrich a child’s life from the very beginning and provide them with a foundation for the future. Registration is not required. Siblings are welcome.

Tuesday, April 16 @ 10:15 AM
Children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for our Tuesday AM story times! No registration is necessary. Siblings are welcome.

Tuesday, April 16 @ 2 PM
A comic magic show for kids...and adults who want to be kids! Join Danny for a fast-paced, hilarious encounter with mind-boggling magic. For all ages. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Thursday, April 18 @ 2 PM
Learn about essential oils and the plants they come from. Everyone will create their own special roller-ball fragrance to take home! Space is limited. For ages 8 and up. Registration is required.

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Join us this Saturday, Feb. 2, for Take Your Child to the Library Day! Drop by the Children's Room (we're open from 10 AM to 3 PM) for games, crafts, Legos, a Scavenger Hunt and more. We'll also be raffling off a $10 Gift Card - get a raffle ticket just for visiting the Children's Room! 

It's a great day to get your child a library card! Refreshments will be served, as well. We hope you can drop in!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Award Winning Books!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 American Library Association Media Awards! View the complete list at the link below and then borrow these awesome titles from the library!

ALA Award Winners

A few of the awards/winners are:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate, is the 2013 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
This Is Not My Hat,” illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, is the 2013 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.