Stop by the library to fill out an application to get a library card. To get a card, the hopeful patron must present a photo identification and at least one proof of residence (a utility bill, an envelope mailed to yourself). Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. California has joined 15 regional libraries using the One Card Network; as of October 2013 only the WAGGIN library cards are valid (they feature a dog and wagon graphic). This is a project of the sister libraries belonging to the Washington County Library System. The updated cards are free and each will automatically link to our Overdrive electronic book database.
PASSWORD HINT: If you are renewing online you will need to log in to your account. The default password is the last four digits of the phone number you provided when you received your library card. If you changed this default and can't remember your password, simply click on the password reminder link.
YOUTH COMPUTER STATION - Visit a quiet corner of our sunny children's room to play (and learn) on our children's computer. The computer provides a myriad of games to encourage many skills and some games just for fun. Parents may also choose to use this work station themselves while their children read books, play with our puppet theatre or learning games, explore our interactive science display, or simply sit at a table to draw in a sunny room.
CRUISE INTO KINDERGARTEN is an early learning program designed by our state librarians. The online site Cruise into Kindergarten offers an online board game, book lists and tips for encouraging your child to become an inquisitive reader. Copies of the brochure (which includes a paper version of the board game) are availabe in our library.
ONE BOOK, LOTS OF FAMILY FUN - Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand is the 2016 choice. (Read about Kite Day on our About Us page.) The 2015 choice, David Pizzoli's picture book Number One Sam, continues to engage our young readers. Reading aloud is one of the best activities you can do to prepare your child for school.
Make time to read aloud every day, using lots of expression while taking time to enjoy the pictures and asking thought-provoking questions. Before reading the book: Look at the cover, point out the title and author. Ask your child to tell you everything he or she knows about riding a bus and going to school. While reading the book: Occasionally run your finger under the words as you read them. Use facial expressions and vary your voice. Ask questions about the story. Have your child help you read the repeated phrases. After reading the book: Talk about the emotions the children in the story felt. Point out their expressions in the drawings.
The next step is to stop by your California Information Station to pick up an activity book outlining additional ideas, including games to play, activities to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Skills, and tips on safety and preparing for school. For information about the book and its creator, visit www.paonebook.org.
STOP HUNGER AND LEARN - Every correct answer you give while playing this online brain-building game earns ten grains of rice for the United Nations World Food program. Visit Free Rice.
GREAT SCHOOLS offers ten easy tips for inspiring children to make reading a part of everyday life. Great Schools Website