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Toddler and Preschoolers

Book Babies

Ages: Birth to 12 months
Every Thursday at 9:30
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Ages: 13 to 18 months
Every Thursday at 10:30
** Must Register **

Storytime for children 18 months and under and a caregiver. This storytime is age-appropriate for toddlers with short stories, songs and lots of movement. Each program is 30 minutes in length.

Together with Twos

Ages: 24 to 36 months
Every Tuesday at 9:30 & 10:30

Storytime for children 24 to 36 months and a caregiver. This storytime is age-appropriate for toddlers with short stories, songs and lots of movement. Each program is 30 minutes in length.

Story Friends

Ages: 5 & Under
Every Wednesday at 10:30

Storytime for preschoolers 5 years and under and a caregiver. This storytime has longer stories, interspersed with songs and movement activities. This program is 45 minutes in length.

L.I.F.T. (Library in the Forest Time!)

Ages: Preschoolers & caregivers
Thursdays from 9:30-12:00
Come for social playtime in our Children’s Program room with our special play equipment. Stay as little or as long as you like! All preschool age children and caregivers welcome!

  School Age

Skit-torytime!

Ages: Grades Kindergarten and up
Every Wednesday at 3:30

A story-based program for kindergarten and up with a mixture of stories, audience participation, crafts, songs and activities. An after-school snack and short cartoon round out the end of this 45 minute program. No toddlers for this program, please.

Kickstart!

Ages: Grades 1 - 6
Every Monday from 3 - 4pm,
January 6th-May 12th

Kick-start Your Manic Monday!- Make the Library your place to get your week off to a great start! Join us in the program room for time with other school-age friends. Do your homework on comfy pillows, eat a snack, watch some T.V., play a game-every week is different and based on what the crowd for that week wants to do. Most weeks, homework help will be available. This is your chance to kick-start your week with your friends at the library!

Lego Wars

Ages: 2nd Grade and Up
Every Every 4th Saturday from 11:00-12:00
Come with friends and create Lego masterpieces and win prizes.
Family

Family Night

Ages: Fun for the whole family
Every 2nd Tuesday at 6:00pm
A light supper served at 6pm, followed by a performer at 6:30 pm. Must register. Fun for the whole family!




Parent & Teacher Resources

Award Winning Children's Books
Authors and Illustrators
America's Story from America's Library

Childcare Land
Featured Children's List
KidsSites.com
Leading to Reading
New Children's Books at VHLF
PBS Parents: Raise a Reader
TeachersFirst: 100 Best Books
The Idea Box
  PBS Kids ReadKidsReads.com

Oprah Kids Reading ListSoar with Reading
Kid & Tween News & Events
Out-Of-Sight Tuesday Nights - Begins Tuesday, September 2 @ 6:30PM
Every Tuesday night, we will feature a fun, family program. First and second Tuesdays, join us in the Treehouse for Radio Classics night, and enjoy classic family radio shows from the 40’s and 50’s like Burns and Allen, Fibber McGee and Molly and The Lone Ranger. A list of shows is available at the Children’s desk. On the third Tuesday, we will host a visiting performer (David Frings in September) in the Community Room, complete with dinner at 6:00 pm. Please register for the meal. On the fourth Tuesday, join Ms. April for a PJ Storytime, complete with a bedtime snack. Wear your PJ’s and get comfy for a good time! Every Tuesday night is out-of-sight at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest! (due to holidays and other programs, some Tuesday night programs may be switched. Please check our monthly calendars!)
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Together With Twos
Together With Twos – Begins Tuesday, September 2 at 9:30 am & 10:30 am Join Mrs. Courtney for a rollicking toddler time of stories, songs, finger plays and movement. Ages 18 mos to 35 mos. Every Tuesday through December 16th.
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Story Friends / Wednesdays @ 10:30AM
Story Friends with Mrs. Lisa – Begins Wednesday, September 3 at 10:30 am Join Mrs. Lisa for great stories and songs plus a surprise visitor or two! Ages 3 and up. Every Wednesday through December 17.
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Skit-torytime / Wednesdays @ 3:30PM
Skit-torytime – Begins Wednesday, September 3 at 3:30 pm Join Mrs. Carol for a traditional storytime for school-age kids. New stories and old favorites, along with skits where you can be the star! Kindergarten and up. Every Wednesday through December 17.
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L.I.F.T. (Library in the Forest Time) @ 9:30AM-12:00PM / Thursday
L.I.F.T. (Library in the Forest Time) – Begins Thursday, September 4 from 9:30 am-12:00 pm We put special play equipment in the program room so you can meet your old friends or make some new ones in our social play program. Come whenever you like during the program time. Every Thursday through December 18.
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Book Babies / Thursday @ 9:30AM and 10:30AM
Begins Thursday, September 4th at 9:30 am (ages birth-12 mos.) and 10:30 am (ages 13 mos-18 mos) A new program just for our babies, with small classes limited to 12 each, where we begin the journey toward a life-long love of books! You must call and register each week and please note the age range for each time slot. Extra time slots may be added if needed. Every Thursday through December 18th.
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Preschool Pals: My Little Pony Roundup! Friday, September 5 @ 10:30 am
Put on your western wear for our colorful pony-themed corral of fun! Make sparkle ponies, catch a flying pony, corral a whole pen full of playful ponies and much more! All preschoolers invited!
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Tween Scene – Begins Monday, September 8 from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Have an after-school snack, participate in a volunteer opportunity in the library, book-talk your latest favorite or create an art project and earn points toward prizes to be awarded in December. Grades 2-6. Every Monday through December 15th.
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Lego Wars – Every 4th Saturday beginning September 27 from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Come use our extensive Lego collection to create a unique structure based on the month’s theme. Top three creations win a prize each month! All school age children invited, but parents must remain with children 7 and under.
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Have you signed up for our bus tour of Haunted Shelby County?
Have you signed up for our bus tour of Haunted Shelby County? Saturday, September 27th is the date for this one-of-a-kind library event. Call for details. Spaces are limited and a commitment fee applies.
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Famous Characters and Series


Allie Finkle
American Girls
Arthur
Berenstain Bears
Bone
Captain Underpants
Chronicles of Narnia
Curious George
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Hank the Cowdog
Fablehaven
Garfield
Geronimo Stilton
Guardians of Ga' Hoole
Harry Potter
I Spy
Little House on the Prairie
Magic School Bus
Magic Tree house
Percy Jackson &
the Olmpians

Rainbow Magic Fairies
Ranger's Apprentice
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Seussville
Sisters Grimm
Spot the Dog
Thomas the Tank Engine
Warriors
Junie B. Jones

Famous Authors


Andrew Clements
Audrey and Don Wood
Avi
Beverly Cleary
Brian Jacques Bruce Coville
Cornelia Funke
C.S. Lewis
Dav Pilkey
Eric Carle
Jan Brett
Jane Yolen
Tomie DePaola
Roald Dahl
Robert Munsch
J. K. Rowling
Judy Blume
Katherine Paterson
Kevin Henkes
Lois Lowry
Louis Sachar
Meg Cabot