Services and Programs  for  kids

                                           GOOD NEWS!!

Prairie Skies Public Library is open to the public!  Please see our "Safety Guidelines" along with library hours on the HOME page!  if you have any questions, please call either location (476-3417 in Ashland and 626-1553 in Pleasant Plains) and we will be glad to be of assistance! We look forward to seeing you and your children soon!

Summer Reading Program for 2020 finished on July 31!  If you participated and turned in a reading log, be sure to stop by the library beginning Monday, August 10 to pick up your prizes! Virtual programming is still available...see the Summer Reading Program page for more details!

Looking for more ways to have fun and learn something new this summer?PSPLD has 2 fun SCAVENGER HUNT opportunities for you to try - 1 in Ashland and 1 in Pleasant Plains - taking place August 3-31!   Stop by either library location to learn details and let the hunting begin!  This can be an individual event or fun for the whole family!!

However "Back to School" will look for your household...remember that your library is here to serve you in any way we can!  PSPLD encourages you to call us or email your questions or special requests for materials!  Your library staff is ready and willing to help find the resources you and your students will need!  We are able to borrow materials from other libraries at this time, which greatly increases our options! PSPLD wants your students to be successful in whatever they are learning!  Time for a study break?  Remember that we have a large selection of DVDs in our library collection both in the Ashland and Pleasant Plains locations! You may place your own holds through our on-line catalog or we will be glad to assist you!

REMOTE LEARNING Tips and Helpful Websites


* FREE Site  Celebrity readers sharing story favorites!  This includes great closeup of story illustrations as well as closed caption features for following along with text.

*  Storybooks Brought to Life : a kid-safe. add-free streaming library of read-along, animated storybooks Tips and Strategies for Remote Learning:  Free virtual learning resources for students in Pre-K-grade 9+.

* Actresses Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams launched the #SaveWithStories - they and other celebrity guests read kids books on social media.

Request ideas:


*Biographies: available for all about an inspriational, encouraging and determined REAL person from history, sports, science, arts, and more!

*Favorite Authors:  Share an author from your childhood with your children, encourage them to share theirs as well!

*Non-Fiction: What are you interested in learning more about?? Animals?  Dinosaurs? Other Countries/Travel?  Cooking? History? Gardening? Volcanoes?   The sky is the limit!! Just let us know a topic and we can collect some titles for you!

*BOOK BUNDLESNew at your library!  Your library staff has prepared "Book Bundles" for you to choose as a "grab and go" service!  These are bags with 4-6 books inside chosen with specific theme and reading/interest levels in mind. You may also request to have a bundle prepared for your interest, reading level or topic of study!  Ask about these when you call or stop by either location!

           Most of all...KEEP LEARNING!!  KEEP READING!!  And Keep looking to YOUR library! 

                                       We are here for each of you!!!





PRESCHOOL STORYTIME IS SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME. We encourage you and your children to watch our library website and Facebook pages for updates to changes as we receive them.  Items of particular interest to parents and children are being posted on Facebook and you will find more on this page frequently! This website already has great links on our "Helpful Websites" link found on the "MORE" dropdown of the PSPLD HOME page.  Here you will find a fun National Geographic site, as well as Switcheroo Zoo, INTO THE BOOK, and more!

Remember, you can still work on your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten on your own! If your child enjoys a book so much that you hear "Read it Again!"  you can certainly count it every time you read it!  Our goal is for you and your child to enjoy the importance and the joy of reading!! See below for more info about that!

If you have questions, feel free to call Deb or Pat at 476-3417.

Ashland Costume Birthday Party 2019
Polar Bears with Julianna
We love "Hold a Book" time at Pleasant Plains!
Animal Tracks 2020

    Make -N-Take

Will be back "by popular demand"  when the library is again open to the public!  Watch here for updates to come!

Third Thursday Lego Group


Look HERE to find LEGO creation pics sent in...will YOURS be there to inspire us all??

One of our creative young patrons built a TURTLE from LEGOs!  What animals can you think of?  Share your ideas with us!!

Try this great STEM activity at home!! Click on the picture to the right to get started!!

       1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This is a FREE, self-guided program that encourages you and your child to read 1000 books before he or she starts Kindergarten!  Sound impossible?!  It's really very easy!  If you already have a folder, you are well on your way! For each "100" books listed as read to your child, he or she is eligible to choose a prize from the library to encourage and reward both their efforts and yours!  When the 1000 Books level is reached, your child will receive a Tshirt gift from Prairie Skies Public Library that they may wear to Kindergarten (or we are told...everywhere including for pj's!!) See photos below of those who have completed the program to date.  We now have over 100 children and their families who are or have been working on this - and many of you are close to the T-shirt prize, so don't stop now!!  If you are interested in learning more about this fun program, we will be glad to get you started when the library is again open to the public.  Contact Deb at 476-3417 for more information!

Congratulations to our T-shirt winners!  More coming soon!

 Gabe 12/5/2016

Elise 2/13/2017

Everett 6/23/2017

Emily 7/31/2017

Devlin 8/12/2017

Alaina 1/13/2018

  Maycee 9/6/2018

Addison 2/8/2019

New in 2020!
Lydia 6/8/2020
Briley 6/9/2020

Many of you are close to reaching your goals!  Your picture could be here before you know it!!                          Keep reading! 

Elsie 8/13/2019

Who will be next?

Remember...any of you who participated in SRP and 1000 Books as well, you may count time spent/and book titles for both programs!  We just want you and your children to READ however it works best for you!!

Food for thought...

Ashland: 217-476-3417
Pleasant Plains: 217-626-1553

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