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  Children's Programming

Children's Programming Offerings:

Events for Children:

Children's Story Hour

Sponsored by Target. Ages 3 - 6 are invited to attend every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 - 11 am.








Friday Story Hour All ages welcome every Friday at 2 pm.








Special Needs Play Group

Children with special needs (all ages) and siblings are welcome to attend a play group with activities geared toward ages 3-6. Toys will be available and the children are welcome to bring toys to share (no latex, please, due to allergies). The program will be held the second Saturday morning of each month at 10:30 in the Library community rooms.

Who Let the Dogs In?

On the second and fourth Saturday of each month, children can sign up to read to a trained therapy dog. Time: 10:30-11:30 A.M. Join us for a fun way to encourage reading! Call to sign-up, required. No Fee.

Our Little Bookworms at North Wales Library

Toddlers (12 months - 3 years) meet on the second and fourth Tuesday morning each month at 10:00 A.M. for 30 minutes of story time.

Studies indicate that literacy begins at a very early age. So in 2004, a program entitled "Our Little Bookworms" for toddlers 12 months to 3 years started at the North Wales Library.

When you arrive at 10:00 a.m., you will meet the friendly librarians. Each month three or four sturdy, colorful, easy concept books are highlighted. Children and caregivers together spend the time enjoying the program. At the conclusion of each session, every family is encouraged to join the Library and choose toddler-appropriate books to borrow and enjoy at home. The goal of this program is to have your little ones yearning for more books to read and enjoy.

"Our Little Bookworms" was chosen by then 13 year-old Kristen Martino, who was earning her Silver Award for Girl Scouts, as her project. When Jayne Blackledge, Co-Director, proposed the idea of helping with a toddler reading program, Kristin happily accepted. , hard work, and careful planning made this idea a reality.

Since its inception this program has received financial support from Merck, which began and has continued to have financial support from Merck, and has been a huge hit. "The kids seem to enjoy themselves and the parents certainly look happy to find something to do with their children that is both educational and fun." Kristin says. A program that benefits both parents and their children and is free now that is something that every community Library needs.

The Library has received an enthusiastic response from local families, but there is still room for more toddlers to attend. If you would like more information about this or any other Library program, contact Jayne Blackledge at the Library (215-699-5410) or stop in to visit and pick up a good book.



North Wales Area Libary is a Geocaching Site Find the treasure hidden both outside and inside the library in this real-world treasure hunting game. Try to locate our hidden treasure, called geocache, using GPS-enabled devices and then share your experience online. Then attend a Special Meet and Greet Event Saturday, July 27. 10-12 AM is a class to explain geocaching, enjoy lunch and then meet and greet fellow geocachers from 1-3 PM. Bring your smartphone or GPS and, if desired, a lunch.

Science in the Summer

GlaxoSmithKline's Science in the Summer Program is a free science education program that helps elementary school children "grow into science." Comprised of four classes, the program gets kids excited about studying science with hands-on experiments. Students who have completed grades 1 or 2 are Level 1 and students who have completed grades 3, 4 or 5 are Level 2. New for 2013, sign-up for Science in the Summer will be on-line. There will be 15 openings and 5 waiting list places for each level. Students must attend all four days of the program. There is no participation fee; the program is sponsored by Glaxosmithkline and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The subject for the summer 2013 program is Genetics. NWAL will host the program July 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2013.


One Book, Every Young Child

The Bus For Us Each April since 2006 Pennsylvania announces the book selected for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Reading Initiative.

The newly announced 2013 selection is “The Bus For Us” written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom. The story begins with an excited Tess on her first day of school waiting at the bus stop with her older friend, Gus. As each vehicle passes by, Tess asks, “Is this the bus for us, Gus?” Children are introduced to a variety of vehicles through simple text and detailed illustrations. This beautiful picture book is perfect for children ages 3-6. North Wales Area Library will give a personalized copy of this book to each family welcoming a child into their home from 4-1-13 through 4-1-14. Call the Library for details.

PA’s One Book, Every Young Child highlights the importance of early literacy development, emphasizing the importance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books. This year author/illustrator Suzanne Bloom will be visiting North Wales Area Library on Tuesday, April 16 at 11:30 a.m. to provide a program for children. Also a traveling trunk developed by museum educators will visit this summer that will help expand upon the concepts in “The Bus For Us”. The trunk is filled with fun book-related activities, games and manipulatives for young children that are aligned with the PA Early Learning Standards.

One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association, PennSERVE, HSLC/Access PA, Keystone Insurers Group, Harleysville Insurance, and the Pennsylvania School Bus Association (PSBA) . This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Pennsylvania's Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Previous selections for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program are:

• 2012 Book Selection
Stop Snoring Bernard by Zachariah Ohora

• 2011 Book Selection
Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne

• 2010 Book Selection
What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand

• 2009 Book Selection
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor

• 2008 Book Selection
Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott

• 2007 Book Selection
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom

• 2006 Book Selection
Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George

Stop by the Library to see the programs, events and to borrow copies of the highly recommended books listed above


Great Past Event: Not Your Average Ladybug

On Thursday, July 5 the North Wales Area Library had a great program here called "Not Your Average Lady Bug." Twenty-eight children and fifteen adults helped release the lady bugs into the library gardens. Mrs. Judy Groben, Master Gardener, was an excellent speaker about lady bugs and the good things they do for the environment.

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