All Library programs for youth are free.  They are generously funded by Karen and Paul Laski, Rappahannock Electric Company and the Friends of the Culpeper Library.

Children's Programs

Registration is done by phone or in person.  

 

Itsy Bitsy Storytime--Thursdays, 10:30 
For ages birth--23 months. No registration required.  Bouncing, hugs and kisses, tickle time, lots of rhymes, and one book are shared at this fun program, designed to help our youngest library users develop pre-literacy skills.  Followed by 20 minutes of socializing and play time.
Toddler Storytime--Mondays, 10:30 
This is a fun and engaging "lapsit" program designed to help young children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Parents or caregivers sit on the floor with their 2-year-olds in their laps, and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, puppets, and flannel board activities together.  Followed by 20 minutes of socilaizing and play time.  No registration required.
 Pre-School Storytime--Tuesdays, 10:30 Registration Required
Call or stop by to register now.  Children, ages 3-5, attend storytime on their own while a parent remains in the Library.  This is a fun and engaging program designed to help children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Stories, songs, puppets, and finger plays make this a fun time for all.
 Pajama Storytime--Tuesdays, 6:30       
This is a fun and engaging program designed to help children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Stories, songs, puppets, and finger plays make this a fun time for all.   Children attend with a parent or other caregiver.  Children are encouraged to attend in their pajamas.   No registration required!

 Fun Friday Walk-In Storytime--1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th Fridays 10:30    

This is a fun and engaging program designed to help children develop the early literacy skills they need to be ready to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.  Stories, songs, puppets, and finger plays make this a fun time for all. Children attend with a parent or other caregiver.  No registration required!

 

Music and Movement--4th Fridays 10:30 
This 30 minute program features scarf play, percussion instruments, music, and one book that incorporates movement.  This is a rollicking, educational, good time! Following instructions given in songs helps children develop comprehension skills.  Music also helps children to hear that words are made up of smaller parts called phonics.  No registration required!
 K-2 Book Worms Party--4th Tuesdays, 4:30-5:15                    

Each month Miss Laini will be sharing stories, followed by games or crafts and a fake snowball fight.  For May we will be reading about the Donkey Egg and making pom-pom creatures in plastic eggs.  Sign up in advance.

 

 Read to the Dogs--4th Saturdays 10:30-11:30                              
The Welcome Waggers therapy dogs are coming back for another fun-filled Saturday morning of  sharing books!  Pre-readers are welcome to show dogs pictures in a favorite book. Beginning readers get to practice  reading without the pressure of getting all the words right.  No registration required.  First come, first serve.
 3rd Grade Book Party--1st Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45

Children read a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with socializing and a snack, followed by book discussion and games. The June book is One and Only Ivan. Rising 3rd graders reading at an end of 3rd grade level may join.

Book Description:

Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. This Harper Classic edition includes an author's note highlighting the differences between the fictional story and true events, a letter from Ivan's caretaker at Zoo Atlanta, Ivan's "signature," discussion questions, and more.

Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

 4th-5th Grade Book Party--3rd Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45

Children read a new book each month.  We begin each meeting with socializing and a snack, followed by book discussion and a game.  For May we are reading The Dragonet Prophecy.  Stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick up a copy of the book and sign up.

Book Description:

Seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy. Five dragonets are enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war. But when they escape their prison, the result may be more than intended . . .

 Full STEAM Ahead--                                                                         Grades 1-2-3rd Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30                                  Grades 3-5 -1st Saturdays, 1:30-2:30

Join our skilled Library staff for adventures in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. These are the perfect programs to help kids develop creative and abstract thinking, teamwork, and problem solving skills while having fun.  

For May 3rd-5th grade will be doing hands on astronomy activities. 1st-2nd grade will be doing an insulation experiment, trying to keep ice from melting. 

Call or stop by to register.  

 Lego Club--4:45-5:45  2nd and 4th Wednesdays 
For children old enough not to put Lego in their mouths.  Ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Come build something extraordinary with the Library's Lego.  The Library owns 70 pounds of Lego.  This is an opportunity for children to explore a new collection of pieces, and have free building time. It's also a perfect way to make new friends!