Where reading adventures begin....
Special programs are offered for toddlers and older children throughout the year:
Preschool Storyhour is for children ages three to five. Sessions are held throughout the year. Each class is designed to promote the wonderful world of books through the use of stories, songs, fingerplays, and games that center on a special theme. Stretching exercises are done halfway through each class, and a simple craft project is completed each week to be taken home. Children must be at least 3 years of age at the time of registration. This program is free and open to the public. Storyhours are on Wednesdays with a morning session from 10:30-11:30 am and afternoon session from 1:30-2:30 pm. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required.
Next Session: March 1 - May 10
Toddler Storytime is a special half-hour program of stories, books, songs, and fingerplays specifically geared for toddlers and a caregiver. Each session will begin at 10:30 am on a Tuesday. This program is free and open to the public, but class size is limited. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Next Session: March 14 - May 9
SUMMER READING CLUB
Activities center around the statewide theme. Children who have finished kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to share in the weekly fun of book talks, worm races, and treasure exchanges. Opening day is held in June after all schools have finished for the year. Donated door prizes are awarded each week. The group meets each Thursday afternoon, 2:30-3:30, to share thoughts on books. Members are encouraged to read independently and to share their thoughts on favorite and less than favorite books. The summer ends with the annual "Awards/Pizza/Swim Party." This program is free. Learn more on the Summer Reading page!
Maker Boxes containing all of the supplies needed for each project (including instructions) are available in the Children's Department. Projects range from Lego creations to paper airplanes to art work and handicrafts. Books with additional ideas will be prominently displayed nearby.
The space features a custom-designed Maker Table, purchased with funds from a grant from the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.
TEA WITH ME PARTY
This is a traditional tea party for children (boys and girls) ages five and up and their favorite grownup. “Dressing up” is encouraged for this “Tea with Me,” and everyone will learn the basics of a traditional formal tea and why manners are important. Included on the menu will be tea, punch, finger sandwiches, scones, and sweets. Those attending who have a special teacup are encouraged to bring theirs and share their story with the group. A special memory picture will be taken in a formal scene. This is a free program and open to the public, however seating is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information on this program, or to register, stop at the library or phone 724-238-6451.
"A LIBRARY CHRISTMAS PARTY"
Early each December, the staff of the Ligonier Valley Library invites the community to help decorate the library's Christmas tree. It takes just a few moments for the hundreds of ornaments to magically transform the huge tree into a glittery, sparkly centerpiece. Seasonal stories are told, a few carols are sung, cookies and juice are served, and Santa pays a special visit to hear everyone's wishes.