Library card opens new world for kindergarteners

Looking back to my childhood, some of my earliest (and fondest) memories include visits to the library. In fact, it was during the summer reading program that I developed a passion for reading. I’ll never forget how proud I was when I was able to read a story all by myself.

As a child, reading made me feel empowered; it also gave my imagination a place to run wild. Connecting with a character who made me feel like I wasn’t alone or reading about a country halfway around the world opened my eyes to so many new things. I can recall moments in my life when a book truly spoke to me. It is my hope that each child who enters Tiffin-Seneca Public Library finds something that speaks to them in the same way.

With local kindergarten screening approaching in May, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library encourages parents to register incoming kindergarteners for their first library card. Children ages 5 and older are eligible for a library card. In partnership with Tiffin City Schools, Hopewell-Loudon and New Riegel, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library offers the opportunity for children who are not yet 5 years of age to sign up for a card during these screening events.

Staff members will be present at Tiffin University and Hopewell-Loudon to register kindergarteners for their very first library card. Though we are unable to attend New Riegel School’s screening day, forms will be made available for parents to take home. By filling out this form, your child will gain access to books for all ages and reading levels. Reading is such an important first step in the education process, and we welcome the opportunity to assist parents with this task.

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library also prepares babies and toddlers for their first years of school. With programs such as Bouncing Babies, Toddler Tales and Playtime at the Library, you can help your child to develop a lifelong love of learning.

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library also has many resources available for use including computers with age-appropriate games, LaunchPad tablets preloaded with educational apps, audiobooks, games, puzzles and so much more. As part of the Serving Every Ohioan consortium, our library also gains access to materials from nearly 100 Ohio libraries. The SEO consortium opens up a world of opportunity to our patrons.

We welcome families to explore these programs and resources. Take the time to find something that speaks to you and help a child discover the magic found between the pages of a book.

Mandi Whitaker is the library’s circulation manager.