Thursdays at 10am or 2 pm. Stories, crafts, Music & Movement, games, STEM, Social Development.

Thursdays at 10am or 2 pm. Stories, crafts, Music & Movement, games, STEM, Social Development.

parents & caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The  1000 Books Before Kindergarten  challenge is a simple (read a book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) & is a very manageable endeavor

parents & caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) & is a very manageable endeavor

Welcome to the CHildren’s reading Program

Our Children’s Reading Program is FREE!

The Children’s Reading Program is offered over 3 sessions during the year on Thursdays at 10 am or 2 pm in the Alice Gleason Room of the Choteau/Teton Public Library. Research confirms that reading aloud to your child reinforces early literacy skills that will help them when he or she starts school and is ready to learn to read. Story time is also a fantastic way to introduce your child to the library!

Pre-School Reading Time is 45 min of fun designed for Ages 0-5 along with their parent(s) or caregiver & is held over two sessions during the school year. FALL (Oct 3-Dec 5) & SPRING (Jan 9-Apr 30). No registration necessary. Join Jessie or Della for story time where we read both Fiction & Non-Fiction stories. Have fun with crafts, games, movement and music, STEM, pre-school basics & social/character development skills. Join us & cultivate a love of reading in your child early on!

Our Summer Reading Program is 1 hour of fun over 8 weeks for children 0-18, to help prevent the effects of the summer slide—the learning losses that can occur during the summer months. It is sponsored through the Montana State Library and the Choteau/Teton Friends of the Library. As well as through generous donations from the community & Masons. We do our best to accommodate all ages who attend story hour. Registration is necessary as we partner with Scholastic Books for logging minutes read online. We also have reading minute competitions & give away awesome prize & rewards for children who attend story hour & enter their minutes read! Our Library was named by Scholastic as one of the TOP TEN Libraries and Community Partner Organizations in the country!!! We had over 70 children registered for the summer reading program and they logged 62,373 minutes! We were first in the state of Montana! Such a large achievement for our small community. We are so proud.

Choteau Library is a TOP TEN Public Library by Scholastic

Choteau Library is a TOP TEN Public Library by Scholastic

Don’t have a summer reading slide!

Don’t have a summer reading slide!

Three ways to prevent summer slide from Scholastic Parents

  1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area. Also check our book lists for recommendations.

  2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:

    • Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.

    • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your daughter likes the food channel, help her look for a recipe on the network's Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.

    • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help him be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.

    3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so she will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase her knowledge and expand her experience with text, so that she will do better when she reads on her own.