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Write the Library a Letter:
September Passive Program 

All month long
Children's Department

All month long, you can visit the Mail Station in the children's department to write a letter to the library! We will provide paper, pencils, and crayons, and a "mailbox". You can write about your favorite book, your favorite library program, something you would like to see at the library, anything library-related at all (including drawing pictures!). Ms. Tiffany will be reading these letters throughout the month. You can even include information if you would like Ms. Tiffany to write you a reply!

For more info contact Tiffany, tharkleroad@bcfls.org.

"The world is full of magical places, and the library has always been one of them for me. A library can be that special place for our children."

― Julie Andrews

Power Kids is a kid-friendly interface for Power Library. It provides access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks.

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Activity Kits

Pick up in Children's Department

Tuesday, September 6: Back to School Kit
Monday, September 19: Apple Tree Life Cycle

Activity kits will be available beginning at 8am in the children's department on the above dates.
Kits are on a first come, first serve basis.
Kits can be taken home for completion, or can be completed in the library during your visit.

For more info contact Tiffany, tharkleroad@bcfls.org.

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iQ Smartparent Teachable Moments

September 14, 6pm
YA Zone

Join us for an evening of family fun and learning at our Teachable Moments Family Program! iQ: Smartparent Teachable Moments is a mini-series made possible through WQED's Education Team and community partnerships. Online for two years, we are excited to host the first in-person workshop.
Come in to view the short video of "teachable moments" and then stay to complete related activities. Take-home packets of resources also provided.
Best for families with students in grades K-2.

Space is limited, registration required. Please contact Ms. Tiffany at tharkleroad@bcfls.org or 724-287-1715 to sign up.

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Fall 2022 Children's Program Survey

Please complete a brief survey about what you would like to see for children's programs this fall.

Survey here: https://bit.ly/BAPLKidsFall2022

All participants who complete the survey by September 10 have a chance to be entered into a prize drawing of a $25 Eat 'n Park gift card.

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Any child not yet enrolled in kindergarten is eligible to participate in our new 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program!

Log the books you and your child read, or that other people read to your child, to earn virtual badges, a chance to win small prizes from Ms. Tiffany's vending machine, and earn your spot on our tree mural in the library.

Register your child in Beanstack, butlerlibrary.beanstack.org.

For more information, contact Ms. Tiffany, tharkleroad@bcfls.org.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Family Place Libraries™
Family Place Libraries™ is a network of children's librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. The Family Place Libraries network currently includes more than 300 sites in 23 states and continues to grow.

Parent Recommended Websites

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American Academy of Pediatrics

Their “You and Your Family” section offers a parent resource guide, a pediatric referral service, an immunization schedule, child care books, and updates on pediatric health issues.


Autism Society of America

Offers support and educational materials for children, adolescents, and adults (and their families) with autism and related disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder. A yearly conference sponsored by the society is available providing a comprehensive understanding and update on autism and related disorders.



Information for parents and advice from experts on topics from pre-conception through toddlerhood.


Cerebral Palsy Group

Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization that was created so that it may serve the individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We are here to provide information and support so that we may help provide resources and education to those affected by CP.

Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral Palsy Guide provides parents with information on cerebral palsy causes, symptoms and the treatment options that are available. This site also offers emotional and financial support resources.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)

This non-profit parent-based organization provides links to information regarding Attention Deficit Disorder including treatment, legal rights and services, parenting and ADD in the classroom. Included is information about materials offered by CHADD.


Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is a great site for parents to gain knowledge of the content in the media their children are consuming whether it be books, movies, television, or apps.


Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.



Activities, entertainment, parenting, pet, parties, recipes and travel. Owned by Disney.


Get Ready to Read

This website from the National Center for Learning Disabilities is designed to help educators, parents, and caregivers identify difficulties with reading in the critical early stages of a child’s development. Also features three interactive games to use online. Site can be accessed in English or Spanish.


Homeschool World

Obtain the latest homeschooling news and articles. This site is updated very frequently and is created by the publishers of Practical Homeschooling and Homeschool PC.


Kids Health

Nemours Foundation site that offers parents sections on general medicine and surgical health issues. Articles on asthma and allergies, bones and muscles, ear, nose and throat, emergencies, fevers, growth and development, infection pain, sleep and vaccines.


National Down Syndrome Society

NDSS offers education, research and advocacy at this site with general, clinical and special programs information, as well as links to other sites on the Internet focusing on Down Syndrome.


PBS for Parents

The website of the Public Broadcasting Station offers an assortment of topics from which to choose including: Child Development, Education, Food & Fitness, Fun & Games, and Issues & Advice.


Scholastic for Parents

Features information on a variety of topics including: Books & Reading, Child Development, School Help, Activities, and Parent Guides.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Official website offers news and a consumer health information finder, consumer information, topical highlights of national interest such as the “Back to Sleep” campaign to help prevent SIDS, and a search feature.

World History Encyclopedia

World History Encyclopedia is one of the world’s most-read history publications with nearly 30 million annual readers. Our non-profit organization's mission is to engage people with cultural heritage and improve history education worldwide. The encyclopedia is written at an academic level but is easy to read; we highlight the “story” aspect of history. Everything is searchable by keywords, categories, time periods and subject matter. We also publish videos and audio articles, giving people many different ways to learn about history.

Zero to Three

The website of the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families has information for professionals and for parents. Professional information includes programs and services, a bookstore, National Training Institute, newsroom and sponsorship opportunities. Parent section includes information on play, beginning literacy, bookstore and child development, including a special section on the development of the brain.