Youth Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Early Literacy Tip:
Your child will have a much easier time reading if he/she knows a lot of words, so talk, talk, talk! An easy way parents can help their child learn words is by naming things you see together, whether it is something out the window or food at a grocery store. Naming objects as you drive is a great game and learning experience for your child.
Parenting and Early Childhood Workshops
Wednesdays, 11/20, 12/18, 01/08, 02/26, 03/25, 04/22, 5:30-7:30pm, Auditorium: Presented by the Early Learning Communities through Oakland Family Services.
11/20, Schedules and Routines: A daily routine determines how we will use space within our program and what types of interactions children will experience during each part of the day. This predictable daily
sequence of events gives children a sense of control and a feeling of confidence.
12/18, Caregiver Interactions: Participants will learn techniques to enhance caregiver-child interactions.
01/08, Infant Milestones: In this training, the participants will learn the developmental milestones of the first year of life, why infants are called sensory motor learners, and strategies for building trusting relationships with infants.
02/26, Baby Basic: This training will focus on basic infant care and licensing rules. Adult-child interaction will be demonstrated when tending to infant care needs.
03/25, Conflict Resolution Temperament and Learning: In this training, participants will learn strategies for using conflict situations to help develop important social skills, as well as methods of using natural or logical consequences as alternatives to punishment and to set limits.
04/22, Conflict Resolution Strategies for Problem Solving: In this training, participants will learn advanced techniques of the conflict resolution process, how to recognize a child's feelings in conflict situations, and an important six-step process to help children resolve conflicts on their own.
Must pre-register at www.miregistry.org . No walk-ins are allowed. You can find in the youth room a flier with instructions on how to register for the class.
38th Annual Holiday Extravaganza
Saturday, 12/07, 8:30-3:30pm, Multiple Locations: The Pontiac Public Library partners with the Holiday Extravaganza to bring the community fun holiday events:
8:30-10:30am: WinterFUN Festival Fun! Free activities on Saginaw Street-see us there!
11am: Parade-The Library will be there too! Caroling in the Youth Room following the parade while you wait!
Caroling in the Youth Room following the parade.
1-2pm: Lunches at the Library
1-3pm: Decorate holiday cookies at the library
1:30-3:30pm: See Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Library. Get a candy cane and a jolly welcome from Santa!
Super Hero Story Time
Saturday, 01/11, 3:30-4:30pm, Youth Early Literacy Room: Come join us as we adventure off into the marvel universe with your favorite superheroes. Defend your own city with superhero playsets, and go home with a superhero city and stickers while supplies last. We will have Captain America Shield treats!
Black History Month Library Style!
Saturday, 02/01, 3:30-4:30pm, Youth Early Literacy Room: The Pontiac Public Library proudly celebrates the broad contributions of its Black History heritage with books, rhythm, music, and activities with special prizes during this special program for children and their families.
Story Time with Children’s Author Melissa Davis:
Princess Marissa and David the Village Boy
Saturday, 02/08, 3:30-4:30pm, Youth Early Literacy Room: Children’s book will be available for purchase and can be signed by the author in this special Valentine’s Day story time. Core values like kindness will be emphasized. A craft is included.
National Read Across America!
Monday, 03/02, 10:30am-5pm, Early Literacy Youth Room: Celebrate National Read Across America with our goal of nonstop reading in the Early Literacy Room during the event. Help us keep it going by volunteering to read your favoiite children’s book and be entered into our Prize drawing! Snacks will be available while supplies last.
Cat in the Hat Story Time
Saturday, 03/07, 2:30-4:30pm, Early Literacy Youth Room: Celebrate National Reading Month with Cat in the Hat! We will sing silly songs, do silly Cat in the Hat things but mostly have a great time as we celebrate books and reading.
St. Patrick’s Day!
Saturday, 03/014, 3:30-4:30pm, Early Literacy Youth Room: Join us for a day with the luck of the Irish; music, leprechauns, pots of gold, and the jovial laughter of a fun-loving spirit.
Cesar Chavez Day
Tuesday, 03/31, 5:30-6:30pm, Early Literacy Youth Room: We will celebrate the birth and legacy of the Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez, farm worker and labor movement leader, with a book and activities.
Saturday, 04/04, 3:30-4:30pm, Auditorium: Help us find all of the eggs (and the surprises inside) as we celebrate this seasonal favorite! Light refreshments will be provided.
National Poetry Month Story Time with a Dr. Seuss Favorite!
Saturday, 04/018, 3:30-4:30pm, Early Literacy Youth Room: We will celebrate our most favorite Children’s Poet, Dr. Seuss! Write your own Dr. Seuss book with your own Seuss animals, Seuss Stories, and ‘Seussily Ever After’ lines. Dress your silliest for an extra prize. Light refreshments and goody bags will be provided!
Sport Port Soccer Event with YMCA & Kleats United Giveaway!
Saturday, 04/25, 3pm, Outdoors (weather permitting): Come to the library for a great active event featuring Soccer! Sign up for Sport Port, Check out a soccer ball, get a free pair of cleats to keep and learn about the sport from YMCA staff when the Y on the Fly Van visits the library! Cleats giveaway sponsored by KleatsUnited.com