It’s not unusual for children (and parents!) to become a bit nervous before the first day of school. New kindergarteners and their parents may particularly feel anxious over unfamiliar buildings, new teachers and longer days. The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury can help allay those fears this summer and throughout the year.

KINDERGARTEN HERE I COME! Thursday, August 29 at 10:30am is a special story and social time for children who are starting school for the first time. We’ll read special first-day stories, play some games and give everyone a chance to connect with possible new classmates. Please register.

PLAY K CIRCLE TIME  Thursday, August 22 at 10:30am Part of the Office of Commonwealth libraries Cruise Into Kindergarten initiative, this Play Kindergarten program is designed to help children ages 3-5 develop social skills to prepare them for school. Following a themed story time, children will have an opportunity to “play” what they learned with our theme playscapes. Please register.

1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN  Did you know that reading high-quality books at home is one of the best ways to get your child ready for school. Reading 1,000 books sounds like a lot; but if you read just 3 picture books with your child every day, you will read over 1,000 books in a year! Children receive small incentive as they work toward their goal. Stop into the library and ask for details.

MORE RESOURES FOR THAT ALL IMPORTANT FIRST DAY:

Mayo Clinic: Kindergarten Readiness: How to Help Your Child Prepare

Scholastic: Eleven Adorable Books to Get Kids Excited About Kindergarten

Goodreads: Popular First Dat of School Books

Harvard Medical School: Seven Tips to Help Your Child Start School For the First Time