Day-care groups are welcome to join open fairy-tale hours at the library. It is also possible to arrange group-specific fairy-tale hours, for instance, based on a theme. For example, the library has given fairy-tale hours focusing on Easter, Christmas, animals of the forest, times past, and starting preschool. You will also find potential themes for fairy-tale hours on HelMet.fi/en/children. If you have a big group, please inform the library of your arrival in advance.
Libraries arrange play-like introductions to the library to day-care groups. During these visits, subjects talked about may include, for instance,
good handling of books,
order in the library,
own library card, and
loaning and returning items.
When required, libraries will devise subject-specific material packages for day-care centers. Make sure to contact the library at least a week before you need the material. It is also possible to give a day-care-group-specific library card for loaning material.
As of fall 2013, day-care groups have been able to take the Fairytale diploma by reading together books specified on the Fairytale diploma list. The day-care centers write down the books read, and finally the library grants the Reading diploma to the group. For more detailed instructions, go to the library's reading-diploma site.
Libraries have, on a trial basis, given media-education sessions to children of the day-care age. Do not hesitate to ask us for more information.
For more information on your local library's services to day-care centers, contact the library employees. You will find the contact information on your local library at: HelMet.fi/en/Libraries and services.