Children-Parents Page


Partnering with Parents
to raise a community of readers.

Please visit the Aldrich Library Events Calendar for Storytimes and other programs for children.

Books for Children .

Book Finder-Give Bookfinder the age of the child, the theme that interests her or him and whether it's book to be read
a loud or read alone

Activities for Children
Finger plays for toddlers
Mister Rogers House and other activities
Alphabet Soup and other games
Sound Games
ALA Great Websites for Kids

Stories Read Aloud

Stories Read Aloud by Famous Actors and Actresses - story line, online.

Plainfield MOMS Club
The Plainfield MOMS Club is an International nonprofit support group specifically for at home mothers.  The Club offers opportunities to share activites with other at home Moms & their children.  It serves the towns of Plainfield, Sterling, Canturbury & Scotland.  New members are always welcome and children are always welcome at all their events.  For more information on the Plainfield chapter, please e-mail .  You can also get more information at their website:

Early Literacy Station

The Early Literacy Station is a computer-work station located in the children's area of Aldrich Library. It includes thirty-four educational software packages across seven curricular areas, top rated by Children's Technology Review. With its easy to use interface, it is friendly for parents and children to participate in learning phonics, letters, numbers, math and more. It is targeted for toddlers through second graders. Visit the library and explore math, shapes and patterns with Millie's Math House or click on Green Eggs and Ham, derived from the Dr. Seuss book, and learn consonants, rhyming and reading.

The workstation was purchased in March 2008 with a $2,650 grant from the Jewett City Savings Bank. A subscription to update software is included so the workstation can evolve to meet new needs.

Aldrich Library has over 200 puppets to use with story telling, reading and for dramatic play. The library is in the process of cataloging the puppets for easier access. Please ask about our puppets if you are interested. We can probably find one to meet your needs. Puppets can go out on loan for 2 weeks. Our story kits which include different items that relate to the book in the kit, are also available for parents to check out for 2 weeks.

Reading Do's and Don'ts


  • Begin reading to children as soon as possible.
  • Use Mother Goose rhymes and songs to stimulate language and listening.
  • Read and re-read books that are predictable and contain repetition.
  • Have a set time each day that is set aside for reading.
  • To encourage involvement, have your child turn the pages for you.
  • Keep children involved as you read by occasionally asking "what do you think is going to happen next?"
  • Use plenty of expression when reading.
  • Regulate the amount of time spent watching television.
  • Lead by example. Let your children see you reading.


  • Don't read stories you don't like yourself. Your dislike will show.
  • Don't be fooled by awards. An award-winning book may not necessarily be a good read-aloud.
  • Don't use the book as a threat - " If you don't clean your room, no story tonight!'' This will foster a negative attitude about reading, not a positive one.

    Taken from The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.

Children's Book Awards

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Caldecott Medal Winners

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children

Newbery Medal Winners .

The Nutmeg Book Award encourages children in grades 4-8 to read quality literature and to choose their favorite from a list of ten nominated titles.

Past winners.

butterfly release Assistant Director, Bonnie Theriault, releases the Painted Lady Butterflies that emerged from their cocoons in the Children's Area.


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