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, 09/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 5:30-7:30pm, Auditorium: Presented by the Early Learning Communities through Oakland Family Services.
09/18, Talking is Teaching: Talking is Teaching is a national campaign that promotes public awareness to parents, childcare providers, and community leaders of the importance of talking, reading, and singing
to children from birth to age 8. This training will provide information on language and literacy development and give strategies on supporting children in the earliest stages of development, which helps to develop healthy brains and lifelong literacy skills.
10/16, Understanding Preschool Development: Participants will learn facts about brain development in preschool age children, how to recognize the uniqueness in the way children think and view the world around them, and strategies to support preschool children's thinking.
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.
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.
Halloween at the Library
Thursday, 10/31, 3:30-7:30pm:
Dress up and Trick or Treat at the Library! Then, visit out haunted house and have a frighteningly good time! The youth room will have special Halloween activities: a Halloween Scavenger Hunt, a mystery box (you have to guess what is inside), and a mummy wrap!
Writers’ Workshop: The Hero’s Journey
Saturday, 11/09, 3:30-4:30pm, Michigan Room: This program is for all aspiring writers from ages 7-18. Do you enjoy writing and reading stories? Well, come flex those creative muscles by participating in our writing workshop focused on one of the classic story formulas, The Hero’s Journey.
Deck the Library
Saturday, 11/16, 1-5pm, Multiple Library Locations: Use your creativity to help us decorate for the Holidays! You’ll be helping to set a magical and festive mood, while having fun with staff and other people.
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!