It All Begins With Books
The Dare County libraries offer a wide selection of children’s books for every interest and reading ability.
For the very young, we offer “board books” designed to introduce the smallest children to a love of books and reading. Made of extra sturdy paper and durable bindings, these books have simple pictures, and can stand up to the smallest hands gripping, pulling and touching them.
The narrative or story is conveyed by both the illustrations and text. Frequently a child “reads” the pictures, while an adult shares the story. We have all the classics and new favorites to share with your child.
“EZ Readers” are a large collection of books especially made for children who are beginning to learn to read by themselves. There are many popular classics and lots of attractive new titles in this area. These books contain limited vocabularies, and are often labeled by the publisher with a reading or grade level. “I Can Read” and “Step Into Reading” are two popular series.
Child Resource Collection
Books can be a useful tool for helping children alleviate fears and concerns about new and unfamiliar situations. The Dare County Library is pleased to make available a collection of picture books suited for this purpose. Categories include: new baby, adoption, bullying, going to the doctor, going to school for the first time, and others. Look for the bright orange stickers on the book spine, or ask the staff for assistance.
For children in elementary and middle school, we have almost 11,000 stories and novels. The Dare County libraries also offer many book titles from both the “Battle of the Books”, “Fiction Diggers!” and “Accelerated Reader” school reading programs.
The non-fiction collection supports school report need and is also intended for recreational reading pertaining to children’s hobbies and interests.
Each library offers a collection of children’s picture books with read-along-cassettes that are perfect for children to gain confidence with their reading skills.
The Dare County Library, in conjunction with the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County, loans out WINGS preschool kits. WINGS kits contain developmentally appropriate games designed to teach and reinforce new skills and promote literacy.
Books On Tape & Books On CD
Best selling and classic titles for children are available.
A small, but growing collection of non-fiction, educational and entertainment titles.
Age appropriate fiction and non-fiction books located in their own areas of the libraries. We recognize that 13-16 year olds have unique reading needs for both entertainment and enlightenment.
Programs For Children
“Growing Readers” Story Times
Our “Growing Readers” story times at the Dare County Library have stories, finger plays, songs and more! [insert clipart reading jpeg]
Story times foster a love of reading and books in small children at an early age.
Skills children learn in story time include listening and sharing. Pre-school story times are often the first group-interactive experience for children not already in a pre-school program. Two year olds and 3-5 year olds meet at least once per week at each library location. Stop by the library for a current calendar of events or click here.
Summer Reading Program
A major program is our annual Summer Reading Program, which includes weekly programs, and the opportunity for children to read for pleasure while earning prizes for doing so. The program is designed to be flexible and fun, so children can do it while attending library programs, or “on their own”.
Several special performers are brought in during this annual program. Children who read in the summer maintain more of their reading skills, and therefore enter the new school year better able to learn. Stop by the library for a current calendar of events, or check our website.
School Age Programs
The library offers “Hooked on Books”, a program for children in grades 1-5 during the school year. Stop by the library for a current calendar of events or check our online calendar here.
Computers For Children
Each library also has at least one computer dedicated to our youngest users that contain educational software and “virtual books” which are fun and instructive. Children can read and listen along as the electronic story is read to them.
Database For Children
TumbleBookLibrary is now available to registered borrowers of the Dare County Library in the library or from work, school, or home. TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids in preschool through grade five the joy of reading.
For more information about TumbleBookLibrary click here.
Contact Dare County Library staff for the correct log on instructions to access TumbleBook Library from home, and have fun tumbling!
Children needing homework assistance will be interested in our “Homework Helpers” handout available here.
Readers Corner For Kids
Library staff are always available to help you find a good book to read. Here are a few of our reading lists for children.
Raise a Reader! includes hints and titles for parents to share favorite books with the youngest readers.
All about Dr. Seuss! has information about Theodor Seuss Geisel, who everyone knows as Dr. Seuss!
Pirates! is full of stories for children of all ages about pirates.
Harry Potter is for children who love wizards and rings, checkout these other popular fantasy titles and series.
Web Sites For Kids !
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Dare County Library’s favorite fun and educational websites for children!
Code Of Conduct/Safe Child Policy
In our efforts to make everyone’s time at the library safe and enjoyable, we ask parents and children to become familiar with our library’s Code of Conduct and Child Safety Policy.