Patron Information

Get a Library Card

Stop by the library to fill out an application to get a library card. To get a card, the hopeful patron must present a photo identification and at least one proof of residence (a utility bill, an envelope mailed to yourself). Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. California has joined 15 regional libraries using the One Card Network; as of October 2013 only the WAGGIN library cards are valid (they feature a dog and wagon graphic). This is a project of the sister libraries belonging to the Washington County Library System. The updated cards are free and each will automatically link to our Overdrive electronic book database.

PASSWORD HINT: If you are renewing online you will need to log in to your account. The default password is the last four digits of the phone number you provided when you received your library card. If you changed this default and can't remember your password, simply click on the password reminder link.

Kids & Teens

SCARLETT'S SUNSHINE - In memory of their young daughter, Scarlett's parents have helped to create a collection of materials to help comfort children and their families who are learning to live with loss. Materials from the Scarlett's Sunshine section in Peters Township Library are available to all, whether or not they live in the township or Washington County. The collection, new in April 2017, already features more than 25 books as well as a Sesame Street-themed DVD/storybook/parent guide kit, "When Families Grieve." Scarlett's parents are asking people to spread sunshine in her memory by doing a random act of kindness then sharing it at "BeTheSunshineForScarlett".

PERIODIC TABLE OF TECHNOLOGY: An instructive list detailing modern uses of boron, vanadium, chromium, gallium and each of the other elements.

JOBS FOR TEENS: Search by state or city to find links to employers and descriptions of those companies. Includes specifics about work permits, labor laws, interviewing tips and resume writing.

BULLYING RESOURCES - A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braves Bullying, by Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher, is the K-3 winner for 2017's PSLA Young Reader's Choice award. The authors suggest these resources to help discourage bullying: stopbullying.gov; StompOutBullying; and National Geographic Kids on Friends. The annual Young Readers Choice contest features 15 student-nominated titles in each of three age categories. The Pennsylvania School Librarian's Association sponsors the reading challenge.

CRUISE INTO KINDERGARTEN is an early learning program designed by our state librarians. The online site Cruise into Kindergarten offers an online board game, book lists and tips for encouraging your child to become an inquisitive reader. Copies of the brochure (which includes a paper version of the board game) are availabe in our library.

ONE BOOK, LOTS OF FAMILY FUN - Daniel Finds a Poem, by Micha Archer is the 2017 choice. Pairing carefully chosen words with tissue-paper and oil paint collage, Archer creates a gentle, lyrical world for Daniel and his animal friends to marvel over. (The 2016 choice, Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand, continues to engage our young readers. The 2015 selection was David Pizzoli's picture book Number One Sam.) Reading aloud is one of the best activities you can do to prepare your child for school.

Make time to read aloud every day, using lots of expression while taking time to enjoy the pictures and asking thought-provoking questions. Before reading the book: Look at the cover, point out the title and author. Ask your child to tell you everything he or she knows about riding a bus and going to school. While reading the book: Occasionally run your finger under the words as you read them. Use facial expressions and vary your voice. Ask questions about the story. Have your child help you read the repeated phrases. After reading the book: Talk about the emotions the children in the story felt. Point out their expressions in the drawings.

The next step is to stop by your California Information Station to pick up an activity book outlining additional ideas, including games to play, activities to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Skills, and tips on safety and preparing for school. For information about the book and its creator, visit www.paonebook.org.

YOUTH COMPUTER STATION - Visit a quiet corner of our sunny children's room to play (and learn) on our children's computer. The computer provides a myriad of games to encourage many skills and some games just for fun. Parents may also choose to use this work station themselves while their children read books, play with our puppet theatre or learning games, explore our interactive science display, or simply sit at a table to draw in a sunny room.

STOP HUNGER AND LEARN - Every correct answer you give while playing this online brain-building game earns ten grains of rice for the United Nations World Food program. Visit Free Rice.

GREAT SCHOOLS offers ten easy tips for inspiring children to make reading a part of everyday life. Great Schools Website.