For Children

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The Keck Memorial Library is missing you! Until we can be back together at the library again we are proud to offer Storytime In A Bag!

Storytime in a Bag is a new service the Keck Memorial Library is providing to those who miss the library’s story times. The librarians have put together 10 picture books plus activities that would have been used during story times.   

So far, we have put together Numbers, Winter, Hats, and Penguins. Each bag has activities such as coloring pages, things to make, or activity sheets that go along with the theme.  All activities are the child’s to keep. New themes will be added.

The bags check out for 2 weeks and can be requested by calling the library at 319-523-5261. Be sure to let us know if there is more than one child so we can include enough activities.


story time kits SM post.pngResearch shows that children get ready to read years before they start school, even from birth. The development of early literacy skills through early experiences with language, books, and stories is critically linked to a child’s success in learning to read.  Parents and caregivers are a child’s most important teacher.

To assist parents and caregivers in helping their children develop pre-reading skills, the Keck Memorial Library has Early Lit Storytime Kits available for checkout. The themed kits contain the five practices of early literacy: Read, Talk, Sing, Write and Play. Each kit contains books, rhymes, songs and other activities to help reinforce skills and basic concepts such as the colors, shapes, opposites, matching, and more.

Kits available are “Colors” and “Animals” with more being developed.  The kits check out for 2 weeks.  A tip sheet is provided in each kit for ideas in using the books and activities in the kit.  All activities can be kept.  

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