Summer Family Story Times are drop-in and held from June 20 to August 1 on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am in the lower level meeting room. This program is geared for ages 6 and under but everyone is welcome to attend one or both sessions. Each session offers a different theme and variety of books, music and activities. Daycare centers may attend Family Story Times but are asked to arrive early. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Story Times for children include picture, pop-up and interactive books, flannel-board stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts and other activities that encourage a love of reading to your child. These events are free and open to the public.
Tips for Story Time Success
For many children this will be their first group experience. The following tips will help to make it a happy one:
- Participate: Please join in the activities and save interactions with other parents until after the program. Children love to see their grown-ups listening and participating in story times.
- Minimize distractions: Plan to arrive early. Snacks or toys should be put away and cell phones should be silenced before story times begin.
- Be prepared for bad days: It’s okay, sometimes children just have bad days and we understand. If your child becomes very restless or uncooperative, please step outside the story time room for a few moments to regroup. If you need to leave the session for the day, please come back the following week.
- Relax: There is no expectation that your child will sit still and participate in every activity. Music and movement is incorporated into our all of our story times to keep it interesting and fun.
- Bring it back home: Plan to check out books each week for you and your child to read at home together.
- Ask for help: Our Library staff is available to assist you in selecting which story time is right for your child, to guide you in choosing appropriate books and materials, and to provide information about other library services.
- Visits from groups: Our weekly story times are designed for individual children and their parent or caregiver. Arrangements for a daycare, school or other group field trips should be made in advance.
- Keep it healthy: If you suspect that your child is coming down with something, has a fever or is still coughing or sneezing after a bad cold, please skip a session until they are feeling 100% again.