Youth Activities - Story Times

We offer early literacy programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Please find program dates and times under our "Calendar" tab. 

Story Time Guidelines and Tips for Success:

Story Time is intended to foster a love of books and reading. Children listen to, observe, and imitate the books and activities we share, thus building reading readiness as they grow. The most important connection between literacy and the child is a caring adult who will actively participate with children exploring the world of language.

For the most benefit, please observe these guidelines:
•When you arrive, help yourself to activity sheets and other materials on the table, and make a nametag for your child.

•Please silence your phone, and visit with other parents before or after--but not during—the program.   The picture book area (near the stairwell) is a space for families to visit.

•Parent participation is the key to Story Time success.  Please join in the activities and show your child how fun it can be!
 
•If your child becomes unhappy or disruptive, please intervene so that others may enjoy the program.

•Please do not bring snacks to Story Time, and keep toys and other distractions put away.
  
•A changing table is provided in the children’s restroom.  The key is available at the desk.

Children require six pre-literacy skills before learning to read.   You can help your child develop these skills through simple daily activities:

Print Awareness:  the ability to notice and recognize print.
 
•read to your child, pointing to the words from time to time, so that they understand you are reading the text, and not the pictures

•let your child handle books and turn the pages

•point to signs and read them aloud

Print Motivation:  interest in and enjoyment of books.
 
•let your child see that reading is fun

•set aside a special time for reading each day

•let your child be involved in selecting books to read

Vocabulary:  knowing the names of things.
 
•use a variety of words and explain unfamiliar words

•read a wide variety of books to introduce new words

Narrative Skills:  the ability to describe things and tell stories. 
•tell stories to your child

•ask your child questions that encourage storytelling

•let your child tell a story using props, puppets, or pictures from a book

•let your child draw, and ask them to tell you about the picture

Letter Awareness:  learning that each letter has a name and specific sounds that go with it.

•read ABC books

•show your child what his/her name looks like in writing

•play with magnet letters

•identify letters throughout your day

Phonological Awareness: the ability to hear and distinguish sounds and words.

•sing songs and recite rhymes

•read rhyming books