story times at the Central Library are designed to introduce your child
to language, literature and the library. By exposing your toddler
to a wide variety of the best books available and making reading
an everyday part of life, you will lay the foundations for a lifelong
love of reading.
Please, come early to experience
our wonderful preschool area. Children can take advantage of our Duplo
block building tables, dramatic puppet play and stage area, the lighthouse
allowing them a birds-eye view of the room and, of course, lots of terrific
books. A little play time can help prepare them to give their full attention
to the stories, songs and activities during story time. An early arrival
also allows time for bathroom visits and taking off cold weather gear.
story times like "Tales for Twos" will benefit children
Participation through stories,
felt board activities, finger plays, and singing expands their vocabulary
as well as improves their listening and speaking abilities.
Singing and listening to
songs that rhyme, or are repetitive, promotes language development
through recognition of patterns and sounds.
Experiencing movement activities,
such as finger plays, allows their minds and muscles to work together.
Opportunities to be near
others, observe, follow along and share, promote beginning social
skills. The safe atmosphere also allows children chances to achieve
success and boost self-esteem.
And caregivers because:
Learning different ways
to interact with children allows adults to practice new communication
skills with children. These skills promote healthy development and
readiness for the future success of children.
Positive experiences between
adults and children serve as a safeguard against future stress and
encourages emotional resiliency in children.
Talking with other parents
or caregivers and sharing tips and experiences can reduce adults’ stress.
Librarians are available
to assist in locating resources on learning. The librarian will also
model techniques which caregiver’s can use at home.