Reimagining School Readiness: Community Helpers

The Community Helpers Program Kit was created to help public library staff within the state partner with community organizations and plan programming that connects families and caregivers with community resources and allows children to explore different roles in their community through dramatic play. The kit is designed to center the library in the community through impactful and creative programming for young children and their caregivers.


  • Community Helper Puppets
    • Doctor
    • Postal Worker
    • Fire Fighter
    • Police Officer
    • Teacher
    • Astronaut
    • Nurse
    • Chef
  • Community Helper Costumes
    • Fire Fighter + Hat + felt hatchet
    • Police Officer + Hat
    • Doctor’s Lab Coat + stethoscope
    • Vet’s Scrubs + stethoscope
    • Construction Vest + Hat + felt stop sign
    • Baker’s Jacket + pot holder
  • Dramatic Play Toys
    • Doctor’s Kit  (plastic stethoscope, thermometer, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, syringe, bandage cuff)
    • Construction Tools (hammer, drill, screw driver, charge tester, wrench, pliers, saw, level, ruler, utility knife, various gears and screws)
    • Emergency Phone
  • Books for storytime
    • The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
    • Hello! Hometown Heroes by Toni Armier
    • Thank You, Neighbor! by Ruth Chan
    • Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Deborah Hembrook and Kathryn Heling