The Children’s Department offers a number of storytimes for children of different ages almost every week.
Regular Storytimes are as follows. Please check the current schedule or call to confirm.
The Benefits of Storytime
Storytime is the sharing of stories, rhymes, and songs and sometimes, activities and craft. Preschool storytime helps children to acquire the six pre-reading skills that are required before they can learn to read. It also helps to develop their brain, broadens their social skills and essentially creates a desire to learn.
Our storytimes focus on early literacy skills and the cognitive development of children in various stages. Each storytime consists of a wide range of excellent children’s literature, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays planned according to their specific developmental stage. We encourage parents to read to their children regularly to reinforce the early literacy skills learned during storytime.
When children come to our storytime, they will listen to stories and participate in group activities. Through these activities, children learn by listening, sharing, and repeating. Our objectives for the storytime programs are to help children to:
- Acquire early literacy skills
- Acquire motor and sensory skills according to their stage of cognitive development
- Develop a love of stories and good books
- Develop a desire to learn to read
- Learn to be attentive and follow directions
- Learn to develop independence
- Learn to be considerate of others
Early Literacy— Six skills for getting ready to read:
- Print Motivation is a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books. Children who enjoy books and reading will be curious about how to read and will read more.
- Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. Young children are much better at hearing different sounds or phonemes than adults. This is why children are wired for learning multiple languages in the early years.
- Vocabulary is the ability to know the names of things. Children need to know the meaning of words to understand what they are reading. The more words children hear, the more ready they will be to make connections when they read.
- Narrative Skills is the ability to describe things and events and tell stories. Being able to talk about and explain what happens in a story helps a child understand the meaning of what he or she is reading. Good narrative skills lead to good reading comprehension.
- Print Awareness is the ability to noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow the words on a page. It is important because children must become aware of words before they can read them.
- Letter Knowledge is the ability to know that letters are different from each other and that they have different names and sounds. In order to read written words, children must understand that they are made up of individual letters and that each letter has its own name and sound.
Tips and Suggestions for Parents
Attending storytime may be the first group experience for some children. As parents, you can help your child in the following areas:
- Prepare him/her for what we will be doing during storytime.
- Act as a role model and participate with your child.
- After storytime, spend some extra time with your child to select books to take home.
- Encourage your child’s interest in stories by reading to him/her between library visits.
Since our storytimes have become quite popular and are very full, please review some of these basic rules to help us keep the program smaller, quieter and more fun for everyone. With your help, we can develop and nurture your child’s love of books and the library more effectively.
- Please attend only one storytime program per day. Space is limited in our programs and we want to make sure everyone has a chance to attend.
- Please attend the program for your child’s age group. One year-olds should not attend the program for two year-olds, and vice versa.
- Please participate with your child! You will provide a model for your child by paying attention and directing your child’s attention to the stories, singing the songs and performing the fingerplays. This is especially important if your child is a little bit shy.
- Please chat with friends after the program. Everyone has more fun if we all join in! Time will be available at the end of the program for socializing.
- Please keep your child on your lap or nearby. We expect young children to explore and move around, but try to keep your child close so that they will not obstruct the view of others and you can help focus their attention.
- Please leave the program room if your child is restless or distracting. This helps everyone to concentrate on the program. You are always welcome to step back in when your child quiets down.
- Please plan to arrive early. Young children are easily distracted and latecomers become the focus of attention.
This session consists of samples of our storytime for your reference.