With more and more focus on getting children to read at a younger age, the John McIntire Library is offering a variety of different story time sessions for you and your children. Assistant Director, Blair Tom, says the interactive story time sessions can be a great opportunity for families to spend time with their kids and to meet other families with similar-aged children.
"We have bed time story time for people who are unable to attend during the work day and that’s at 6:30 in the evening for ages 2-5," said Tom. "We have baby story time for infants up to 24-months-old, which is a great early childhood experience. We have toddler story time for children 2-3 1/2 and pre-school for 3 1/2-5-years-old."
Assistant librarians present the story times and choose a different theme each week and base the book on ready-to-read criteria that focuses on developing sounds, languages and recognition.
"The earlier that the opportunity to be exposed to books, words, language and development of those skills, the better the young person does as they go through life. It’s more and more important that children be ready to learn and ready to read when they begin kindergarten."
In order to have an effective story time, registration for the 8-week sessions is limited. Registration is required and begins Monday, September 9. You can call the library at 740-453-0391 to register you and your child.