Right now at the Licking County Library, we’re well into our Fall Story Time Session. Story Time happens at every LCL location, and we’ve been offering Story Time programming for a hundred years now! Ever stopped to wonder why?
Perhaps you think of Story Time as an entertaining program for children, to give their parents a little break. Well, we do hope that our Story Times are an entertaining experience, but they’re so much more than that! Our story time presenters are trained in early literacy — helping children learn the pre-reading skills that will prepare them for school success. Being part of the Story Time group is a great way to learn how to spend time around other children and make new friends. When we’re singing songs, children are learning about rhyming sounds and about how sounds make up words. When we’re working on a craft project, children are developing the fine motor skills that they will eventually use to write and draw, as well as developing creativity and problem-solving skills. When we’re reading a book, children are learning about how books work — how to hold a book and turn the pages, that words on a page translate to stories and ideas, and that reading is an enjoyable experience. Even playing with toys and working puzzles in the library after Story Time is a great way to develop creativity and motor skills, and to learn about sharing and helping others.
Of course, a trip to Story Time once a week is just the beginning when it comes to early literacy for your child, but that’s why Story Time is also for parents. At Story Time, you can find new books to share with your child, new rhymes and fingerplays to do, and new songs to sing together. While you’re at the library, why not ask a librarian to help you find some books to fuel your child’s latest interest? You are your child’s first teacher, and we want Story Time to be an important part of your toolkit when it comes to helping him or her grow and develop every day!
Here are the days, times, and locations for all of our fall Story Times:
Main Library Little Tots Story Time (ages 6-36 months): Wednesdays at 10
Main Library Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Thursdays at 10
Buckeye Lake Library Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Wednesdays at 11
Emerson R. Miller (West Newark) Library Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Tuesdays at 11
Hebron Library Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Tuesdays at 11
Hervey Memorial (Utica) Library Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Wednesdays at 10:30
Mary E. Babcock (Johnstown) Library Preschool Story Time (ages 3-5): Wednesdays at 11
Mary E. Babcock (Johnstown) Library Little Tots Story Time (ages 6-36 months): Thursdays at 11