Preschool Story Time meets Thursday mornings at 10:00 AM. The activities are aimed at 3-5 year-olds. We have three sessions, spring, summer, and fall. No registration is required.
This is a great opportunity for that first venture out into a social situation. It is also great for the parents/grandparents to have a chance to meet and visit with other parents/caregivers of small children.
Story Time features books, action rhymes, songs, and crafts. It usually lasts about 30 minutes. The crafts may require some help from an adult, but are appropriate for young children. The craft is related to the theme of the books that were shared, so gives the child a take home reminder of story time. Encouraging your child to talk about the stories and craft will help develop the ability to tell a narrative, one of the six pre-reading skills.
We incorporate singing into the program, some times we also use rhythm sticks, because, first, it is fun! Second, it is a great aid in helping children to hear the sounds of language. The rhythms and rhyming help them to distinguish sounds of words, which will help when they are learning to read.
A part of our Preschool Story Time is “The Letter of the Day.” Each week a letter is featured that ties in with the theme of the story time. We have added a booklet to reinforce what we share at story time. The booklets have the Letter of the Day and images we see at story time. This simple booklet encourages letter knowledge, vocabulary, awareness of print, is fun to look at, and provides an opportunity to talk about story time and what happened there. These are all included in the 6 important pre-reading skills that children need to know before they learn to read – around the age of 6. These booklets are handed out at story time or you can download a PDF file to print out at home.
Supervising adults are requested to accompany their children and remove them from the story time area if they become disinterested or disruptive. Children under the age of seven must be accompanied by an adult while at the library.
Check the event calendar on this website for Preschool Story Time dates.
Handouts from past Story Times are available on the Story Time Archives page.
Preschool Story Time art on Flickr!
See you at the library!