Programs for Kids

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The Orange County public library is excited to offer a great program to help local children get ready for school--1000 Things Before Kindergarten! A thousand things sound like a lot, but when a child is read to for just 10 minutes a day from birth to age 5, that child is prepared to walk into the kindergarten door ready to learn. Research shows that 80% of brain growth happens in the first three years of life, making it a critically important time in a child’s development.

In partnership with the Library of Virginia and the Soho Center and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1000 Things Before Kindergarten features a custom folder, log sheets, activity suggestions, and book prizes for every 100 books or activities completed. Activities include things like playing with water, singing, counting, measuring, drawing, coloring, and visiting the library. It will not take long to earn a brand-new book! Every time a child visits a story time event at the public library, they will be able to log at least four or five activities/stories. Every day is full of opportunities to have positive “before kindergarten” early literacy experience and finding quiet time to read one more good book with a child is always a great way to end the day.


How Does 1,000 Things Before Kindergarten Work? Visit your library to sign up & receive your information folder and first log. Track your activities – Log the titles and activities you complete with your child and visit the library to receive a free book each time you log 100 activities. Read more books & do more activities – Keep logging until you reach 1,000 things!  When you reach 1,000 Things, celebrate & visit the library to receive a book bag!


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Family Storytime

Family Storytime is a weekly 30-45 minute program and includes stories, rhymes, music and a craft. Designed for children ages 18 months to 6 years.                                                                                                                      Gordonsville   10:00 am Thursdays

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime is held weekly for ages 3-6  and consists of a 30-45 minute program of stories, music, and a craft.                                                                                                                         Wilderness Branch Tuesdays 11:00 am         Main Library Wednesdays 10:30 am

Toddler Time

Toddler Time is held weekly for ages 18 months to 3 years and consists of a 20-minute program of stories, songs, and activities to build pre-literacy and listening skills.

Wilderness Branch:  10:15 am Tuesdays                    Main Library:  9:45 am on Wednesdays


Check our events calendar to confirm specific dates.