Entrance to the Youth Services Area
- Develop basic skills and vocabulary. Encourage your child to push
the buttons in the entrance. What shape are the buttons? What colors
light up when the buttons are pushed?
- Encourage your child's sense of discovery and exploration! Open the
drawers and talk about what your child finds.
- Toys in the room are selected because they are safe, educational
and developmentally appropriate. Children can use the puppet stage for
creative, dramatic play.
- Use creative play and toys to help children develop basic skills such
as matching, ordering (put people in order from smallest to largest),
patterning (use vehicles to create a color pattern), reversibility (build
a block tower; tear it down and start over), counting and sharing.
- Just For Me When I'm Zero To Three! The colors, textures and shapes
integrated into the Learningscape provide endless opportunities for
babies and toddlers to explore and learn about their world. Use this
learning zone to help young children stimulate their developing brain,
encourage playful discovery about objects and develop gross and fine
- Extend learning and enjoyment by using educational videos and DVDs,
CD-ROMs, read along kits and music CDs.
- Stretch your child's reading skills. Easy readers use controlled
vocabulary, large print and fewer words per page ‹ just what your
beginning reader needs! The West
Bloomfield Township Public Library has classified this collection into
four catergories: Pre-Emergent, Emergent, Early Fluent and Fluent for
easy access to evelopmentally appropriate reading.
- Encourage active learning. Engage your child while reading by asking
open-ended questions about the illustrations and photos in picture books.
Ask him to predict what will happen next. Ask how he thinks the characters
in the story are feeling. Ask him to relate the events in the story
to his own life. ("Where have you seen a bear?" "What would you do if
you woke up and saw three bears in our house?")
- Repeat your child's statements in complete sentences in order to develop
his understanding of sentence structure. Have your child turn the pages
while you point to the words you are reading. Demonstrate for your child
how books work, such as reading from front to back and left to right.
- Don't be discouraged if your child wants to read the same book again
and again. Encourage your child to pretend read a favorite story.
- Point out and name letters in picture books and on signs in the Youth
Room, to further develop letter knowledge. Children's proficiency in
letter naming is a well-established predictor of reading success. Introducing
just a few letters at a time enhances mastery.
- Have fun while practicing basic skills! Lighted and numbered hopscotch
tiles make practicing number and color recognition fun for you and your
child. Your child also practices gross motor movements while jumping,
standing and balancing on one leg.
Seating and Display Area
- You and your child can feel at home at the Westacres neighborhood
library. Relax and read in the homey seating area just the right size
- Start early to nurture a love of reading. Begin reading to your child
when he or she is an infant; the pleasurable feelings that you create
will help nurture a life-long love of reading. Board books are perfect
for introducing babies to books. Allow your child to manipulate these
sturdy books; point to the pictures and talk with excitement about what
is on the page.
Activity Tables and Puzzles
- Promote cognitive growth. Use the sand table and other educational
materials to help your child make observations, learn about cause and
effect, make predictions and analyze results.
- Encourage your child to play with the mazes and puzzles. These activities
promote logical thinking, help develop an understanding of spatial relations,
as well as developing hand-eye coordination and finger and hand muscles
that will be needed later for writing.
- Nurture your child's imagination and love of books with a favorite
fairy tale. All other non-fiction books for children are located with
the adult non-fiction titles.
- Learn more about child development and how to create an effective
learning environment. Review the materials in the parent/teacher collection.
- Find your child's favorite titles and characters in our series collection.
This collection is organized by series title so your child can head
straight for his favorites!
- Develop reading, math and thinking skills using educational CD-ROM
games and Internet sites. Games are pre-loaded for your convenience.
Use the second chair and headset provided to comfortably supervise your
child's computer activities.
- Appropriate websites for children can be found in our special library-
prepared homepage for children called "KidWEB."
- Say hello to the librarians. We want your children to be comfortable
coming to us with their questions. Librarians are always available to
help you and your child find information in the library as well as point
out important resources within the community.