Reimagining School Readiness
Many schools focus on children’s ability to name letters, hold a pencil, and count to 10 as the only indicators of “school readiness”, but research shows that children through age eight need to develop other crucial skills to achieve continued success in school and in life. It is never too early or late to develop these skills!
School Readiness Skills
These crucial skills are divided into three main categories:
Watch for these symbols around the Youth and Family Learning Department to find useful tips on how to prepare your child for school.
Email the Children’s Department
If you wish to contact any of the children’s or teen librarians, simply send us an email! We will respond as quickly as we can.
Our StoryWalk® at Crystal Lake has ended for the season. Check back in the Spring.
Black History Month StoryWalk®
Discover the StoryWalk® in the Children’s room!
The title is Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold and can be found in the picture book area on the big blue wall.
Download and complete your own quilt coloring page and bring it in to show us or come in and we will give you one!
Please note: The companies that provide our databases often set residency restrictions. Russell Library cannot do anything to provide access to non-residents.
These themed-backpacks are in the Children’s Department. Choose from over two dozen: Animals, Love, Spanish, People, Silly, Things that Go & more!
Downloads are available 24/7. (Russell Library card required.)
Work with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. (Russell Library card required.)
Health & Child Development, Preparing For School, and Community Resources.
Online reference databases: history, science, biography & more. Also, newspapers, magazines, genealogy, ebooks, audiobooks. (No library card required.)
Rockfall Eco StoryWalk Project
A StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (literally a book taken apart) along a popular walking route in your community. Ours is at Crystal Lake in McCutcheon Park here in Middletown!
Directions to our storywalk: From Randolph Road (Route 155), turn south onto Millbrook Road. Follow Millbrook Road for 1.5 miles and take a right onto Livingston Road. After 0.2 miles, take the first right off Livingston Road into McCutcheon Park!