NEW! In-Person Storytime

Storytime Song (Tune: London Bridge)

Monday morning storytime
Owen Park, Owen Park
It’s in-person storytime
Come and join us!

That’s right, folks! In-Person storytime* returns at 10 a.m. on Mondays, July 12 – August 9 at Owen Park (1st Avenue) near the playground. Enjoy playful stories, songs, rhymes, and movement. This storytime is great for families with children ages 0-5, but the whole family is welcome. No registration required.

Safety: We ask that kids stay with their adults to help with social distancing. We’ll mark off sitting areas to help ensure enough space between groups of attendees. We highly encourage wearing masks while in large groups, even at outdoor events such as Storytime in Owen Park.

Important! If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, please stay home. If possible, consider attending our virtual Storytime.

Extra! Extra! Our BookBike will also be in Owen Park near the playground on Monday mornings (9 a.m. to noon) and our Dabble Box staff will be on hand to offer creative play and projects such as coding and robotics, water coloring, button making, and more. While you’re at it, enjoy a story while you stroll through Owen Park with our new, permanent StoryWalk®.

In-Person Storytime, BookBike, and Dabble Box activities are all weather permitting.

*Virtual storytime on Zoom will continue through July 28 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Two New Permanent StoryWalks®!

The library’s Youth Services team is delighted to announce the installation of two all-new, permanent StoryWalks® in Eau Claire. The walks were created in partnership with the City of Eau Claire’s Parks & Forestry Division and made possible through a COVID Recovery Grant from United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley.

StoryWalks® combine literacy with physical activity, placing large, colorful book pages at regular intervals along a walking route, encouraging users to walk (or run or skip or hop) as they read the book and/or enjoy the pictures.

Andy Neborak, Executive Director of the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, says, “We’re honored to support this project. The StoryWalk® project advances the development and learning of children and also supports the mental and physical well-being of these children and their families. These were all primary goals of our recovery grant process. After a long year, people are eager to get outside and enjoy a wonderful Wisconsin summer.”

Open now, locals will find the walks in Owen Park and Carson Park. The Carson Park walk is located around the main playground. The Owen Park walk can be found along the Chippewa Valley State Trail, starting near the playground. Each park features a different story, which will be switched out on a regular basis.

Extra, extra! The library’s popular BookBike and Dabble Box team will be visiting the StoryWalks® this summer so you can check out books, sign up for a library card, register for the Summer Library Program, grab a take and make bag, ask reference questions, and more. Beginning June 1, the BookBike and the Dabble Box will be in Owen Park on Mondays, 9 a.m.–noon; and in Carson Park on Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–noon, weather permitting. Learn more about the BookBike here.

Try it out with your littles! Take a pic of your family enjoying the StoryWalks® and tag @ecpubliclibrary on social media or email it to Youth Services (listed below). We may feature your photo on our website and social media pages.

Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us to learn more. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Raising Resilient Children

Parents and caregivers of children ages 0-12 are welcome to join us for “Raising Resilient Children,” a Triple P virtual seminar. Triple P is a researched-based program that promotes positive relationships between parents and their children. It helps parents develop effective strategies for dealing with childhood behavioral, emotional, and other developmental issues. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/triple-p-seminars/ or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007.
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Raising Resilient Children
Thursday, March 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom
Presented by Sue Kishel (Family Resource Center) and Mark Gideonsen, MD (Prevea)
In this interactive discussion, we will introduce the building blocks of children’s resilience. We will explore strategies that promote children’s social and emotional development and their ability to bounce back from adversity.
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This program is offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center. Visit their website for more information about personal coaching, discussion groups, and virtual seminars.

Read Me a Book Club: Narwhal and Jelly

 

Do you have a kiddo in grades K-2? Sign them up for our podtastic new Read Me a Book Club! Our next virtual meet up is on Thursday, February 25, at 6 p.m. We will read and discuss Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, the first book in the New York Times Bestselling series Narwhal and Jelly. You and your children will also enjoy a silly song, wacky mad libs, friendly camaraderie with peers, and more. Be sure to contact Youth Services by phone or e-mail to request a copy of the book and a free activity bag (optional but recommended) which contains Narwhal and Jelly activities and a craft.

For more information or to register, visit https://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/read-me-a-book-club/ or contact Youth Services by phone (715-839-5007) or e-mail (ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us).

We hope you can join us!

Triple P Seminars Are Back!

The library is partnering with Family Resource Center to offer a series of Triple P, Positive Parenting Virtual Seminars. Triple P is a researched-based program that promotes positive relationships between parents and their children. It helps parents develop effective strategies for dealing with childhood behavioral, emotional, and other developmental issues. Join us for one, two, or all three virtual events. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit http://www.ecpubliclibrary.info/kids/triple-p-seminars/ or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007.
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The Power of Positive Parenting
Thursday, January 14 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom
Presented by Jennifer Eddy, MD (Family Resource Center Director) and Terri Nordin, MD (Mayo Clinic)
Explore strategies to strengthen your family relationships, and discover calm, effective ways to manage misbehavior.
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Raising Confident, Competent Children
Thursday, February 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom
Presented by Yia Lor (UW-Extension) and Lauri Malnory (ECASD)
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.
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Raising Resilient Children
Thursday, March 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom
Presented by Sue Kishel (Family Resource Center) and Mark Gideonsen, MD (Prevea)
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.

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 http://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!