City of Gering Nebraska
 
 
 

Youth Services

Youth Services

Wednesday mornings at 10:00, children 18-36 months are welcome to attend Toddler Read and Romp Story and Playtime. Children and caregivers can enjoy age appropriate and thematic books, songs, fingerplays, felt board stories, rhymes, and movement activities for the first 30 minutes then spend the next 30 minutes with hands-on materials and activities for an educational and social playtime.

Thursday mornings at 10:00, children ages 3-5 may attend our Move & Groove Preschool Storytime. Attendance and participation of caregivers is highly recommended as it gives the adult the chance to learn the rhymes and songs that can be repeated at home for extended learning. A craft/educational activity will follow the stories and songs which also may require some adult help. Expect lots of movement and songs in this storytime along with read-alouds, felt board stories, rhymes, fingerplays, videos and a craft/educational activity all within a thematic framework. 

Thursday evenings at 6:00 join us for Read It Again, a 30 minute toddler/preschool storytime . This storytime uses the principle of repetition as a tool to enhance learning and comprehension. Based on Transforming Preschool Storytime by Besty Diamant-Cohen & Melanie A. Hetrick, this storytime runs year round in 6-week cycles. No registration is necessary and caregivers are required to attend with each child.  Expect read alouds, songs, movement, fingerplays, and felt board activities.

 

Benefits of Storytime

  • integrates visual (pictures and words) with auditory (spoken words) to facilitate language learning
  • provides opportunities for turn taking
  • increases listening and attending skills
  • encourages early literacy skills and phonological awareness
  • encourages a love of reading
  • encourages families to come to the library and check out materials
  • introduces authors and illustrators to families in a fun way
  • models good oral reading skills for parents and caregivers to follow
  • introduces songs, finger plays and nursery rhymes to parents that can be enjoyed at home
  • creates a social opportunity for parents and caregivers

 

LEAP

LEAP Learn, Explore, Achieve, Play is a one hour early literacy, math, and school readiness program for children ages 3-5 years. Registraton for LEAP opens September 1. The fall session of LEAP will be held Tuesday evenings September 19 - December 12, 2017 from 6:00-7:00. Spring session will run from January- April. LEAP is designed to fill in the gap for kids who are not old enough to start school but it will also be appropriate for younger children as well. Parents will stay with their child, either interacting with them or simply observing them during activities. Registration is required due to limited space. Call 308-436-7433 or email cclarke@geringlibrary.org with questions or to register.

 

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Name: Gering Library Teen Book Dragons

Description: A group of teens in the 7th-12th grades who meet regularly to accumulate volunteer/service hours, make recommendations concerning the teen collections, and brainstorm and develop community relevant programming for the library.

Lego Club

The Lego Club meets in the Gering Library Community Room the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Currently there are over 9,000 pieces for kids to build with. No sign up is required and kids are given the freedom to build and create whatever they want. The Lego Club is open to all kids. Parents or caregivers are asked to remain with children under 8 years old. Kids may display their creations in the children’s area of the library in between Lego Club meetings.

Craft Club

The Craft Club meets in the Gering Library Community Room on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 3:45-4:45 p.m. A library staff member leads a craft activity or supervises an open ended activity of the child’s choice using provided materials. The kids may take their creations home. This club is open to all ages but a parent or caregiver is required to stay with children under 8 years old.