What Parents and Caregivers Need to Know
What can parents and care givers expect from Story Time?
Story Time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Every week the library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. Library Story Times incorporate the early literacy skills that children must master before they can learn to read. These are:
- phonological awareness
- print motivation
- narrative skills
- print awareness
- letter knowledge.
Story Times for older preschoolers may include films and/or crafts.
What is the role of adults at Story Time?
An adult bringing a child to Story Time must remain in the library throughout the duration of the program, and an adult must remain with babies and toddlers in the program itself. Parents and care givers can learn by watching library staff demonstrate good read-aloud skills and by being aware of the age-appropriate books, music, songs and activities staff use during Story Time.
How can a parent or care giver find a convenient Story Time?
Please check the calendar to find a Story Time appropriate for your child and convenient to your family. Space at Story Times may be limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise indicated on the calendar listing.
How can a parent or care giver make the most of Story Time?
- By coming to Story Time on a regular basis.
- By arriving a few minutes early.
- By paying attention to the stories and activities throughout Story Time.
- By participating when encouraged to do so.
- By not bringing food or toys to the Story Time.
- By letting each child choose books and by checking them out to share at home.
- By asking library staff for help in choosing age-appropriate books and music.
- By taking an upset child out of the program area until he or she calms down.
- By talking with your child about the stories after Story Time.
- By repeating the Story Time rhymes and songs at home with your child.