First Regional Library’s Early Childhood Resource Center provides a very special service unique to Mississippi, the Words on Wheels BookWagon! The BookWagon offers a mobile library outreach experience specifically targeted to preschool-age children in our five-county area.

The Words on Wheels BookWagon:
· travels to area child care centers,
· the librarian then invites children and their teachers on board for a special storytime,
· and finally, teachers and caregivers may check out age-appropriate books and other library materials before the BookWagon rolls down the road to its next stop!

First Regional Library strongly believes that reading to young children early and often is the single most important thing that libraries, teachers, and parents can do to encourage lifelong learning. We especially hope the BookWagon will provide a unique opportunity to be exposed to books and reading to children who do not have the chance to visit their local library regularly.

 Bookmobile Stop Criteria

 BookWagon Stop Application


RESOURCES FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS & TEACHERS:

Visiting The Early Childhood Resource Center

Training Workshops
The Early Childhood Resource Center offers state-approved training sessions for child care providers. These sessions are generally held at various branches of First Regional Library. All training workshops are free and open to the public.

How to Register: To register for Early Childhood Resource Center workshops, please call (662) 429-4439 x. 101.

Other Training Workshops Around the State of Mississippi
Mississippi Child Care Resource & Referral
Mississippi Child Care Quality Step System
                                   
Storytime Kits 
First Regional Library has over 50 thematic Storytime Kits available for checkout. These are especially helpful to teachers and caregivers of young children who use thematic units when planning their curriculum and daily lessons.

Each Storytime Kit contains books, and age-appropriate puppets, toys, puzzles, or games to go along with the theme. Most kits also contain teacher resource books.

  • Storytime Kits may be borrowed by any First Regional Library cardholder.
  • Kits check out for 21 days. (Overdue fine - $2.00/day ) (28 days w/agency or teacher card)
  • Kits may not be renewed.
  • Kits may be picked up at the holding library or delivered to your local branch through regular shipment.

A valid First Regional Library library card is necessary for check-out. Individual, agency or classroom teacher cards may be applied for at any First Regional library location.

Damage and loss of kit materials will be assessed and charged according to impact on the future use of the kit. A complete and thorough check will be made of each kit when it is returned. Lost materials will be assessed a replacement cost and processing charges.

List of Storytime Kits

Links of Interest to Early Childhood Teachers

Early Childhood Standards from the Mississippi Department of Education

Teacher Resources - Early Childhood Institute at
Mississippi State University


Family Communications – Resources from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Every Day is a Reading & Writing Day with Sesame Workshop

Creative Curriculum for Early Childhood

Sports, Play, & Active Recreation for Kids

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Mississippi Early Childhood Association