The Older Kids page is specially dedicated to identifying books, sites, and resources for the juvenile patrons of the West Baton Rouge Parish Library as well as to inform families of special library events and programs intended for children, from the newborn infant to the upper elementary school student.
Children’s Book Collection
Our children’s book collection is arranged to provide children and their families easy access to materials just right for their age and interest.
- Baby & Toddler Collection features board books and classic picture book stories that interest young children and stimulate their vocabulary and language development, and interest in reading.
- Beginning Science Collection introduces preschool children and beginning readers to plant and animal life, land forms and environments, and changing seasons.
- Concept Collection exposes young children to basic the math concepts of shape and size, sorting and sets, patterns and opposites. This collection also includes books about our five senses, daytime vs. nighttime, weights and colors, and many more concepts important for the young child to explore before kindergarten.
- Parenting Center includes books for parents to share with their preschoolers about manners, emotions, safety, potty training, the arrival of baby brothers and sisters, and separation anxiety.
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.
– Emilie Buchwald
A New Look for the Children’s Department
Janeece Font, Port Allen High’s gifted and talented art instructor, is creating a magical Caribbean Sea experience for children who visit the library’s Children’s Department. When she completes her work in April, the Department will have an under the sea appearance with close up views of the animals that inhabit it. A forty-foot mural anchors the scenery and is complimented by realistic scenes Font is painting on bookshelf end panels. A talented seamstress, she is also creating a variety of sea animal pillows, and exercising her carpentry skills in building a clam chair and a small boat. These special accents are intended to provide children with comfortable reading nooks.
Dorothy L. Kyler Grant
The Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation of Toledo, Ohio, has awarded the Library’s Youth/Outreach Services Department a $5,000 grant to assist in developing areas of the juvenile collection in high demand for school reports and projects. The new books will become part of the collection available to students through the library’s biweekly outreach service to nine local schools. The books purchased will include biographies of scientists and inventors, nonfiction science, math, and history, historical novels, poetry, beginning readers for kindergarten and first grade students, and books in Spanish for all grade levels.
We thank the Kyler Foundation for this tremendous gift to our school outreach service.
Libri Foundation Grant
The Libri Foundation of Eugene, Oregon selected the library’s bookmobile to receive a “Books for Children” grant for its outreach service to area schools. Eighty-three recently published award winning children’s and young adult books valued at more than $1400 were granted.
The Libri Foundation is a nationwide nonprofit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries throughout the United States. The Foundation, however, does not completely fund the purchase of the books it donates. In order to receive the “Books for Children” grant, a library must receive a two to one matching donation from a local organization. The Rotary Club of Port Allen supported the library’s grant application by finding an anonymous donor whose generous match resulted in the award. The bookmobile also received an additional bonus of twenty new math and science books thanks to a generous donation The Libri Foundation received from Bill Strawbridge and Meg Wallhagen.
“We very much appreciate this support of the library’s outreach effort to serve parish youth through this kind donation.”
The Library’s outreach service provides monthly story programs and delivers age appropriate books to sixteen preschool and Head Start classes. The outreach service also visits nine parish schools on a biweekly schedule, bringing reading and interest level appropriate books into the schools. The outreach collections vary in size from 700 to 1,500 books depending upon a school’s enrollment.