Lapsit Story Times (Birth to age 3)
This is a program designed to help develop early literacy skills. The babies and toddlers enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and nursery rhymes with their caregivers. Typically 20 to 30 minutes in length.
Preschool Story Times (3 to 6 years-old)
This is a 30 to 40 minute program consisting of books, songs, crafts and other early literacy activities. This program is a great opportunity for children to begin learning kindergarten skills and behaviors while having fun.
The Importance of Story Time – Children benefit from hearing another adult read to them, from watching other children get engaged in a story, and from being exposed to a wide variety of authors and writing styles. Your child will also learn some essential school readiness skills, like how to sit still for an extended period of time, how to pay attention to an adult other than his parents, how to take turns, and how to be (reasonably) quiet in a public place. They also may learn that although at home, it’s totally fine to flip pages in the book, ask to have the same book read over and over, or ask to quit reading one book halfway through and switch to another one, when they are in a group setting, they need to sit still and listen to the book that someone else has chosen.
Story-times help to turn a trip to the library into “an event.” If you treat story-time as a special family time that you look forward to, your child will be just as excited about it as they are about your other special family outings, whether those are to movies, the park, or baseball games. They will think of reading as an exciting social activity. One of the key literacy skills is “print motivation” – if kids believe that they will find fun and excitement in stories, they will want to read books.
While you’re at the library, you can choose some books to take home as a “treat” to get excited about.
What are the benefits for you as a parent? – Beyond the literacy benefits, story-times are simply a nice option for a family activity: They are free and easily accessible. Story-times also offer the opportunity to meet other parents and chat after the story-time is over. (Just remember: during story-time, parents should be quiet and pay attention to the stories – you are modeling that for your child.)
Junior Book Clubs (Grade 1 to 6)
Currently there are three junior book clubs. We combine book discussion with snacks and fun activities. The children are exposed to different genres and different points of view. Junior book clubs meet once a month.
LEGO Club is for kids in Grades 1 to 6, including Readiness.
We meet every other Wednesday, during the school year, for an hour of building fun.
Please contact the library if you are interested in more information. What can we build?