Storytime Kits

Storytime From Home Kits are designed to make PCPL’s Online Storytime experience more engaging for children by introducing interactive early learning activities. These kits are appropriate for children ages 2-5 and include instruments and manipulatives that will be used at least once throughout PCPL’s winter and spring Storytime sessions.

Storytime From Home Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Visit the library during open hours (Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm) to pick up your child’s Storytime From Home Kit. Kits may not be reserved.

Each of these items will be used in storytime sessions throughout the winter and spring but feel free to explore and play with them anytime! Below are some suggested activities to go along with each item. Have fun playing and learning!

Rhythm stick activities:

Egg shaker activities:

Bean bag activities:

Ribbon wand activities:

Silk scarf activities:

Storytime Kits are funded in part through a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

Updated 11/15/21

BookFlix Digital Resource for Kids

Good news—the Plain City Public Library has subscribed to a fun new reading program that children and their caregivers can access from home! Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic animated stories from with thematically aligned nonfiction ebooks to build a love of reading and learning.

This engaging digital resource for children in grades PreK–3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills, and introduces them to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Your children can access Scholastic BookFlix anywhere there is an internet connection – it’s like having access to the library’s collection 24 hours a day, seven days a week! BookFlix includes:
• 135 classic animated stories, each paired with a related nonfiction ebook
• Spanish language versions of 37 pairs of fiction and nonfiction
• Read-aloud supports so students can hear each book narrated, and also hear definitions of key
words and directions for each activity
• Educational puzzlers so children can show what they have learned
• Safe, age-appropriate web links so kids can extend their learning on a topic
• Meet the Creator section to learn more about each fiction book

Scholastic BookFlix is specifically created to support non-, beginning, and reluctant readers—it’s the perfect resource for independent reading practice at the library and at home!

To get started, click on the BookFlix logo below. You’ll be prompted to enter your Plain City Public Library card number. Then read, listen, and enjoy!

Plain City’s StoryWalk® at Pastime Park

The Plain City Public Library, in partnership with the Village of Plain City, is proud to announce the installation of a StoryWalk® at Plain City’s Pastime Park. The StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Pages from a children’s book are displayed in cases, which are installed along the walking path at Pastime Park. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story.

This StoryWalk® installation was made possible through a combination of grant funds secured by Plain City Parks and Recreation and a donation from the Friends of the Plain City Public Library. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Pastime Park is located at 370 N. Chillicothe St., Plain City. The Walking Trail is located next to the playground at the main entrance to the park.

Welcome Back!

Library Open for Browsing Beginning 6/7

The Library will be open for browsing without appointments beginning Monday, June 7 with newly extended hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10-8
Friday-Saturday: 10-5
Sunday: Closed

Curbside services will continue during the hours of:
Monday-Saturday 10-5.

Due to social distancing requirements, the building capacity will be limited at 20% (or about 50 visitors at one time) and patrons will be asked to limit their visits to one hour or less. Masks will be required indoors for unvaccinated patrons over 2 years old and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible. As always, if you’re experiencing coughing, fever, chills, or other flu-like symptoms, please do not visit the library.

We’re looking forward to a summer of fun and educational events for all ages, both outdoors and virtual. Welcome back to the Plain City Public Library!

Kids Joke Contest

Why are libraries the tallest buildings in the world?
Because they have so many stories!

Calling all budding comedians: share your best library or book-themed joke with us!  Kids ages 5-12 will get the chance to read their joke on the library’s new phone recording.

To enter your joke, click on the link below to fill out the contest form. Contest begins on June 4, 2021 and ends at 9 p.m. on June 16, 2021. Winners will be chosen by Plain City Public Library staff. Winners will be contacted by telephone or email on or before June 21, 2021 to make voice recording arrangements. A legal guardian must sign a consent release form in order to participate. Jokes will be recorded into a sound file that will be played as part of the library’s “on hold” recording. Winners will also receive a keepsake bookmark with a link to the sound recording.

Kids Joke Contest Form