Children’s story times have the potential to be a relationship-building activity for the community. It is essential for story times to reach out to even the youngest of kids. Babies should be introduced to books, stories and literacy activities as soon as possible. When children are around books, they accept them as part of their environment and naturally begin to explore them.
Story times are great activities to expand a child’s repertoire of rhymes, songs and stories, which in turn will develop their vocabulary and deepens their comprehension of literacy concepts.

photo-aboutBaby Lapsit is a time for babies up to 18 months old to sit with their parent or caregiver and enjoy rhymes and cuddles while exploring books and early literacy development for our youngest patrons. This is a great way to get to know services for both kids and adults and check out resources for caregivers of small children. Join us as often as you can and get to know the library and other babies in your community.
It is never too early to start reading to your baby—mothers can even read aloud to their children in utero. The sound and cadence of a ‘reading voice’ is both stimulating and relaxing to babies. Just think about how much you like to curl up with a good book at the end of the day, before you go to bed.

Toddler Story Time/Wiggle Time is geared toward children ages 18 months- 3 years old. Kids and caregivers are invited to attend join us for lots of songs and interaction related to books, early literacy skills, meeting friends and getting the wiggles out. Story time lasts for about 20 minutes and parents, caregivers and kids are encouraged to stay, play and socialize.
Reading with toddlers continues a child’s love of stories, pictures and sounds. When you read to your child every day, you are cultivating a habit and a passion for exploring and enjoying stories and reading.

Preschool Story Time helps continue to develop a child’s appreciation for books and stories and encourage interaction and develop more complex language concepts. Kids and parents are encouraged to explore books with more advanced plot lines and discover individual favorites in theme, author and subject matter. Everyone is encouraged to stay, play, browse through books and take home a few. Children who are able to sign their names are encouraged to sign up for a library card. Parents are required to co-sign for the child and bring proof of residence.
Kids this age will appreciate a funny tale and learn to ‘read’ their favorites back to you from memory—this is an important stage of literacy, so encourage it, even if it doesn’t seem like ‘real’ reading to you.

th-2Family Story Times are appropriate for children up to age 10, encouraging families to come and enjoy stories, songs, books and activities. Younger children can play in the play area while older children work on crafts and listen to more advanced books. Crayons and coloring sheets will be available for the younger set. Activities and books will be based on the age of those in attendance, in order to best suit their needs and ability levels.

Bilingual Story Times are offered twice a month in English and Spanish for children up to 2 years of age. We will explore books and sing songs in both languages to develop early literacy skills. Board books and simple picture books will made available for check out in both English and Spanish and a few in both languages.

Story Time Days and Times:

Babies/Lapsit Toddler Stories Preschooler Stories Family Story Time
Tuesdays at 11:15am Wednesdays at 10:15am Tuesdays at 10:15am Saturdays at 11am

Story Time Themes, Outlines and Ideas:
Listed below are brief outlines and books for each month’s story times. These are not complete lists or outlines for every age group for every month, but it gives an overview of the materials used and some of the great literature, songs and ideas out there for a variety of subjects. During story times, the librarian will include songs, chants and fingerplays to elaborate on certain themes and develop early literary skills for every age group.
Story time themes at the library also correspond with the Pop-up Story Times and locations listed on the On-going Programming page.
Note that much of this material was used in planning a Story Hour Plan assignment in Dr. Wrenn-Estes’ LIBR 260A class in November of 2014.

Family Story Time:
A Child’s Calendar—John Updike
Cozy Light, Cozy Night—Elisa Kleven
Toot and Puddle—Holly Hobbie
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt—by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
song—Take Me out to the Ball Game

*Your Body:
Lapsit, Toddler and Preschooler Story Time:
From Head to Toe—Eric Carle
Dem Bones—Bob Barner
Here are my Hands—Bill Martin, Jr. and Archambault
song—‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’

*Jazz Music
Rap-a-Tap-Tap: Here’s Bojangles, Think of That! By Leo & Diane Dillon
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
song—Take the ‘A’ Train

Family story time:
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter
Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange
Yo! Yes?—Chris Raschka

Toddler Story Time
How Do Dinosaurs go to School?—Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Dinosaurs—Simms Taback

Family Story Time:
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook–Shel Silverstien

*Cats and Dogs:
Calling All Animals—Matthew Porter
ABC—Matthew Porter

Toddler Story Time:
Pete the Cat
Top Cat—Lois Ehlert
Cat and Mouse—Ian Schoenherr
Chip Wants a Dog—William Wegman

*Feelings/Emotions, etc.
Toddler/Preschooler Story Time
Happy Hippo, Angry Duck—Sandra Boynton
How Are You Peeling? Foods with Moods—Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
This Little Light of Mine—(song and book) illustrated by EB Lewis
Song—‘If You’re Happy and You Know it’

Lapsit and Toddler Story times
Freight Train—Donald Crews
song—‘She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain’
Alice in Wonderland board book
A Color of His Own—Leo Lionni. Use transparency craft/visual from Faurot (2003)

Lap sit story time:
song—‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’
In the Small, Small Pond—Denise Fleming
Beetle Bop—Denise Fleming

Lap Sit/Toddler Story Time:
Goodnight Gorilla—Peggy Rathmann
Safari Animals—Simms Taback
song—‘Old MacDonald had a Zoo’ using sign language for elephant, monkey & lion
*sign language resource for animals: gorilla, elephant, giraffe and lion

Preschool Story Time:
May I Bring a Friend?—Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Song—‘Old Macdonald Had a Zoo’ using sign language as above

song—‘On Top of Spaghetti’
song—Memphis Soul Stew by King Curtis with felt board and instruments or measuring cups, spoons and scale

Lapsit/Toddler Story Time:
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?—Karen Beaumont
Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear—Emily Gravett
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies?—Jane Yolen
Lunch—Denise Fleming

Preschool Story Time:
An Apple Pie for Dinner—Susan VanHecke
Sun Bread—Elisa Kleven
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza—Philemon Sturges

Family Story Time:
Thunder Cake—Patricia Polacco
Stone Soup—Heather Forest

*Ocean Life:
Family Story Time:
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean—Kevin Sherry
Coral Reefs—Gail Gibbons
I am a Fish: The Life of a Clownfish—Darlene R. Stille
Dolphins (Under the Sea)—Carol K. Lindeen (and assorted other Pebble titles)
song—Baby Beluga by Raffi

Lap Sit Story Time:
Barnyard Banter—Denise Fleming
Song—‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’

Toddler Story Time:
To Market, to Market—Anne Miranda
(use shopping basket and soup pot with animals and veggies)
song—‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’
Little Blue Truck—Alice Schertle

Family Story Time:
Serious Farm—Tim Egan

*The Library:
Preschool and Family Story time
Bats at the Library—Brian Lies
The Library (My Neighborhood)—by Aaron Carr
Quiet! There’s a Canary in the Library—Don Freeman
Once Inside the Library—Barbara Huff

Preschool Story Time
The Gingerbread Baby—Jan Brett
The Miracle of the Potato Latkes: A Hanukkah Story—Malka Penn


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