The Warminster Township Free Library youth staff offer many educational and fun opportunities for children from birth to age 18. We also have a wide array of fiction and nonfiction books, films and music in print and online formats for our children and teens. The staff is devoted to providing information children, teens, and parents need to grow and learn throughout their lives.
While encouraging our youth to read is the cornerstone of what we do, we also offer programs that foster imagination, innovation, creativity and building social relationships through music, art, science, history & more! At the Warminster Library, children and teens can explore new passions, interests, and ideas that can help them be the adults of tomorrow.
For more information check out our programs below or contact us.
- For youth programs and services contact Ann Duffy
- For teen programs and services contact Katy Griffith
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► Reading Programs
How do you participate?
Visit the library beginning on June 14 to pick up a Summer Reading Program folder with event information, details on how to register for Beanstack, a bookmark, and a sticker or two. We will also have some optional materials such as age-specific recommended reading lists and a paper tracking form for those who need or prefer it.
OR you can sign up directly online, using the Beanstack website or app!
All reading logs, activity logs, and prizes will be entered using Beanstack. You can register online using our Beanstack site or the Beanstack app (search for Warminster Township Free Library). Beanstack will allow you to:
- Register all readers under one family account(easiest if one main person or device will be logging the family’s reading)
OR adults can register children and teens for their own accounts (easiest if the child/teen has their own device and will be logging for themselves)
- Log the days you read(you can even time your reading sessions through the app!)
- Log learning activities
- Earn badges & virtual raffle tickets
- Submit raffle tickets for prizes
- Access book lists
- NEW THIS YEAR!Invite people to Friend you using a code. Then, see how your reading compares to your friends in the Leaderboard. Learn how this works in the mobile app or on the website.
- Share readers between accounts(good for multiple caregivers watching one child)
To find out how to do things in the app, watch Beanstack’s general videos on how to view/participate in challenges, use the reading timer, log past reading, log activities, and log a book as completed.
Or go onto our special Summer Reading 2021 YouTube Channel to view videos specific to the Warminster Library’s program.
Don’t have internet? No problem!
For those who need or prefer a paper log, paper logs will be available, but all of your data will need to be added to Beanstack if you want to select where your raffle tickets go. People who have internet access can transfer the information to Beanstack from the paper logs themselves, but those without internet or who prefer help can bring any paper logs in to the library between 8/9-8/14. Submit your logs with us and we will add your information.
**Please note that if we submit the information for you, we will evenly distribute your virtual tickets towards the grade level prizes. All paper logs must be submitted to the library in person by close of business on Saturday, August 14 (earlier is better for staff!).
Who can participate?
We will have challenges for three different age groups.
- Emerging Readers– For babies through preschool
- Elementary – For youth in grades K-6
- Teens– For youth in grades 7-12
What counts toward your reading time?
- Fiction? Counts!
- Non-fiction? Counts!
- Audiobooks? Counts
- Ebooks? Definitely counts!
- Graphic novels? Absolutely counts!
- Magazines? It counts too! Check out our online magazine through Flipster.
- Reading to someone? Yes it counts!
- What if I cannot read for myself, but someone reads to me? That counts too! Including story times.
If you are reading this summer, it counts! You can even enter different reading programs. If you have one at school, reading counts for both.
Fiction, non-fiction, audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels, magazines, school reading…EVERYTHING! If you’re reading, it counts! For emerging readers not yet reading on their own, log the time that others are reading to them.
Remember for summer reading this year we are counting the days not minutes or books. This means if you did some reading on a day that would count. We do not care what you read or how long (though we recommend 20 minutes a day for growing minds), we just care that you are reading this summer!
Are there prizes?
You bet there are! Depending on the age group, we will have grade-level raffle prizes, grand prize raffles, and a middle of the summer prize kit. All prizes must be picked up at the library (we are unable to mail prizes).
Grand Prize for Emerging Reader: LeapFrog LeapStart Machine with books
Grand Prize for K-12: Nintendo Switch
Emerging Reader Grade Level Prizes
- Sesame Street Electronic Reader and 8 book library, Coloring book with crayons, bubbles, Beanie Baby, and assorted books
- Disney Electronic Reader and 8 book library, coloring book with crayons, bubble wand, beanie baby, and assorted books
Elementary Grade Level Prizes
- Artist Prize Pack: Art Kit, assorted middle grade books, beanie baby, and $25 gift card to Target
- Harry Potter Prize Pack: Harry Potter books (1-7 and Fantastic Beasts), wooden Chinese checkers set, $25 gift card to Uncle Mike’s Ice Cream shop
- LEGO Prize Pack: Assorted LEGOs with bases, $10 Yum Yum Gift Card
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Prize Pack: 10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books, Uno card game, $25 gift card to Chick-fil-a
- Morris Arboretum Prize Pack: 4 tickets to the Morris Arboretum, assorted graphic novels, 2 deck of cards, and 2 Bed Time Math bean bags
Teen Grade Level Prizes
- Book Bundle: Assorted YA books (including: The Fault in Our Stars, the Divergent Trilogy, and more), Target Gift Card
- Graphic Novel Bundle: Assorted graphic novels and comic books (including: The Backstagers Vol 1, This One Summer, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and more), Uncle Mike’s Gift Card
- Games Bundle: “Letter Jam” Party Game, Metro Esports Gift Card, Star Wars Travel Mug
Events and Programs
We have a full calendar of events and programs going on all summer long. For more information check out our calendar here.
Thanks to our sponsors!
Warminster Township Free Library’s Summer Reading Program is made possible by The friends of the Warminster Library.
► Story Time Programs
- Classes will be held on Tuesdays at 10:30AM before the library opens at 11AM
- Suggested for ages 2 to 6 with a caregiver.
- Registration is required. You may sign up for as many classes as you are able. You must register for each date separately.
- Sign up as a family group, not for each individual child.
- Space is limited to 15 families per class.
- Masks are REQUIRED.
- Physical distancing is REQUIRED. Please stay at least 6 feet away from those not in your family group or pod.
- Bring your own blanket, towels, or mats to use for seating on the grass.
What if it rains?
- Should it rain or be too wet to do the program outside, all registrants will be contact via email 60 minutes for the program's start time. In the event of rain, we will be hosting the program on our Facebook page.
If you would like to register for an event please click here.
► School-Age Programs
If you would like to register for an event please click here.
► Teen Programs
► Teen Volunteering Opportunities
There have been some changes to volunteering requirements. All volunteers must have their Teen Application, PA State Police Clearance , and Child Abuse Clearances completed prior to starting. An FBI fingerprinting clearance is only required for those volunteers who have not lived in PA for 10 or more years.
- Fall-Spring Volunteering Application [click here]
- Summer Teen Volunteering Application [click here]
- PA State Police Clearance Form [click here]
- Child Abuse Clearance [https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home]
- Create an individual Account
- Log in as Individual
- Complete the online clearance questions
- Make sure to select “volunteer” status. Clearances for volunteers are free.
- Wait a week and check to see if the results come in
- Once the results are in please email them to Ann Duff [email@example.com]
- FBI Fingerprinting [Only required if volunteer has not lived in PA for 10 or more years]
- FBI Fingerprinting information [http://www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov/resources/clearances/fbifinger/index.htm]
- Fingerprinting Info Sheet [click here]
- FBI Fingerprinting Waiver for Minor [click here]
Please direct any questions with regards to Teen Volunteers to Ann Duffy [firstname.lastname@example.org]
► Pre-K Resources
- If you do not have reliable internet or a computer, we have paper logs available for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. These paper logs can be printed and used to track your progress before you add the information online or the entire program can be done using these paper logs.
- 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Paper Logs
► Reading List