Books to Get Your Family Moving

Inspired by YMCA of the Chippewa Valley’s Strong Challenge, Youth Services has compiled a list of picture books that will get your whole family moving. Wiggle, jump, and dance along to these 25 interactive books that will help your child practice gross motor skills while developing language and content knowledge.

Why sit and read when you can MOVE and read?! Access the titles here: Books to Get Your Family Moving

Place a hold on any of the selected titles with your library card and pick them up using the Park and Pickup Service (no appointment necessary) or In-Person Library Appointments. Need help? Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or e-mail ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us

Happy active reading!

Raising Resilient Children

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child between the ages of 0-12?

If so, please join the library, Family Resource Center, and local parents for our upcoming Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Virtual Seminar. Triple P is an internationally recognized program that provides parents with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Raising Resilient Children

Tuesday, November 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom | Register Here

Presented by Susan Kishel; Family Resource Center Parent Educator

Learn about the building blocks of resilience in children. Explore strategies that will promote your child’s social/emotional development and enhance their ability to bounce back from adversity.

Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom event as well as programming materials in the mail. For more information or to register, visit https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/triple-p-seminars/ or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007.

For additional Triple P opportunities for your family, including discussion groups and primary care on a range of childhood and parenting issues, visit Family Resource Center’s website at frcec.org

Family Literacy Month with CVTC

Now in its third year, CVTC is hosting a virtual Family Literacy Event that celebrates children’s books and the joy of reading. This event will highlight the works of Mo Willems–beloved author of Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon books, and more. You can participate by heading over to the Facebook event page. Enjoy literacy based activities, storytime, community resources, book giveaways, and more between November 1 and November 15.

We look forward to joining the fun as soon as we finish reading these great books! In the meantime, check out these Willems-inspired booklists, curated by Elephant-and-Piggie-loving Youth Services staff:
Lesser Known Books by Mo Willems–Elephant and Piggie recommend these books by Mo Willems. Pigeon thinks they’re OK. He’d rather drive a bus.
If You Like Mo Willems…These authors have numerous books that are funny, creative, and sure to please adults and children alike.
Elephant and  Piggie Read-Alikes–Enjoy these humorous and clever early readers that appeal to both adults and children.
Happy Family Literacy Month!

Raising Confident, Competent Children

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child between the ages of 0-12?

If so, please join the library, Family Resource Center, and local parents for one or both of the remaining Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Virtual Seminars. Triple P is an internationally recognized program that provides parents with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Upcoming seminars include:

Raising Confident, Competent Children

Tuesday, October 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom

Presented by Caroline Wee; YMCA of the Chippewa Valley Childcare Services Director

Learn about the six building blocks of life-long success for children and review what you can do to strengthen this critical foundation in your children.

Raising Resilient Children

Tuesday, November 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom

Presented by Susan Kishel; Family Resource Center Parent Educator

Learn about the building blocks of resilience in children. Explore strategies that will promote your child’s social/emotional development and enhance their ability to bounce back from adversity.


Registrants will receive a link to each Zoom event as well as programming materials in the mail. For more information or to register, visit https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/triple-p-seminars/ or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007.

For additional Triple P opportunities for your family, including discussion groups and primary care, visit Family Resource Center’s website at frcec.org

Storytime is BACK!

   

The storytime train is coming. Hop on board! Choo! Choo!

We are excited to begin our Fall Storytime Online series the week of September 7! Please join us for:

  • Baby/Toddler Storytime: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. (geared toward ages 0 through 2 and their caregivers)
  • Family Storytime: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. (geared toward ages 3+ and their caregivers)

Featuring stories, songs, rhymes, and more, these interactive storytimes foster of a love of reading and promote the development of early literacy skills. Storytime will take place live via Zoom—a free online and mobile video conferencing app. Registration is required. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link. During registration, participants can also choose to reserve our all-new baby/toddler storytime kit and/or family storytime kit. Each kit contains materials that will enhance your storytime experience at home. A new kit will be made available for storytime families each month during this series.

The September baby/toddler storytime kit contains a board book, scarves, bubbles, and song/rhyme sheets. The September family storytime kit contains a STEAM activity bag, scarves, and song/rhyme sheets. After you register for storytime and a kit, please contact Youth Services to arrange a kit pick-up.

It doesn’t stop there, folks! In addition to Storytime Online, we are pleased to offer Storytime OnDemand which will be available to you anytime starting Monday, September 7. You can access these videos via the Kids Page of the library website, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook page.

We look forward to connecting with you and your children during storytime this Fall! Questions? Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us

Go ahead! Register for storytime now!

Parent Education and Support

 

 

The Family Resource Center has been supporting local families for over 20 years through programs and services that build on family strengths. We are thrilled to partner with them to host a three-part series of Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Virtual Seminars for all parents of children ages 0-12.

Triple P is an internationally recognized program that gives parents the skills they need to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

The seminars in this series include:

The Power of Positive Parenting

  • Tuesday, September 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Presented by Jennifer Eddy, MD; Family Resource Center Director
  • In this interactive discussion, we will explain the core principles of Positive Parenting and explore key strategies for parents to develop nurturing family relationships and implement calm, effective ways to manage misbehavior.

Raising Confident, Competent Children

  • Tuesday, October 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Presented by Caroline Wee; YMCA of the Chippewa Valley Childcare Services Director
  • In this interactive discussion, we will introduce and explain the 6 building blocks of life-long success for children and review what parents can do to strengthen this critical foundation.

Raising Resilient Children

  • Tuesday, November 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Presented by Susan Kishel; Family Resource Center Parent Educator
  • In this interactive discussion, we will introduce the building blocks of children’s resilience and explore strategies parents may choose to promote their children’s social and emotional learning, and their ability to bounce back from adversity.

Registration is required for each seminar. For more information or to register, visit https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/triple-p-seminars/ or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007.

For additional Triple P opportunities for your family, including discussion groups and primary care, visit Family Resource Center’s website at frcec.org

 

ECASD's school supply drive

ECASD’s Adopt-A-Backpack

The Eau Claire Area School District’s Adopt-A-Backpack program plays an important role in getting school supplies and backpacks to students in need each year. Though this school year will be quite different, the urgency remains to help deliver supplies to Eau Claire families in need. 

To assist the Adopt-A-Backpack program, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library will be collecting school supply donations inside the library’s main entrance through mid-September. You may drop off supplies Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. No appointment necessary. To help guide your donation, please see ECASD’s school supply lists: https://www.ecasd.us/District/About/2020-2021-Back-to-School

Thank you!

Homeschool Open House

Have you ever considered homeschooling, but didn’t know where to start?  An Open House tomorrow might be the perfect opportunity for you to learn if homeschooling is right for you and your family.  Local community members will be on hand to help answer questions and share information on local homeschooling resources.  More information below!

Free Teen eBooks & eAudiobooks

Parents, is your middle or high schooler a big reader? Have they “read everything in the house?” In addition to the library’s Digital Media resources (downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, music), explore the links below for free digital content for teens, including books, comics, and audiobooks. Some content is only available during the COVID-19 crisis.

Audible Stories (via Audible) has opened access to some Audible eAudio titles. Audible also offers a paid subscription service

Comixology Free Comics (via Comixology) offers access to a selection of eComics, from popular to lesser known titles. Comixology also offers a paid subscription service

LibriVox (via Public Domain) is an audio collection of books in the public domain, recorded by volunteers. This site also offers a volunteer opportunity; you can record yourself reading literature in the public domain to add to their collection.

Marvel Unlimited – Free Comics (via Marvel) provides access to certain popular Marvel comics online. Marvel also offers a paid subscription service.

Project Gutenberg (via Public Domain) is one of the largest collections of free eBooks online. All books on Project Gutenberg are in the public domain. Take a look at the current Top 100 downloads.

Riveted Free Reads (via Simon Teen) offers free eBooks and chapter excerpts. This publishing company offers a selection of free titles all year.

Shonen Jump (via VIZ) provides a selection of digital chapters/issues of popular manga. VIZ also offers a paid subscription service.

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens (via Audiofile) is an annual service from Audiofile magazine and partners that provides two free eAudiobooks per week to teens 13+ (and adults) between April 30 and July 29. A list of 2020 titles is available here. The free Sora app is required.

Teen Book Cloud (via Tumblebooks) offers simultaneous unlimited access to their library of eBooks.

List originally compiled by Teen Zone @ CDA Library.

Family Resource Center Eau Claire

For more than twenty years, the Family Resource Center has been a trusted source of education and support for local parents. Check out their website and follow them on Facebook to learn about their programs and services that build on family strengths. Join their newly-formed Family Resource Center Inc. Family Group on Facebook to ask questions and get advice from their Parent Educators and to connect with other local families.

-Jerissa, Youth Services