Storytime returns the week of August 23rd, starting with Toddler Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30am, and Preschool Storytime on Fridays at 10:30am!
What’s the difference? They both involve stories, songs, rhymes, and other activities designed to build early literacy and other developmental skills as well as provide social interaction for both children and caregivers, but are designed to fit the developmental needs of the target age. Though each is designed with a particular age group in mind, kids of all ages are welcome at either storytime.
Toddler Storytime is designed for ages 1-3, and usually has 1-2 books, more movement, uses shakers and/or movement scarves every week, and has more repetition – using mostly the same songs from week to week each month. Toddler storytime is generally a little shorter, and followed by playtime with developmentally appropriate toys and activities.
Preschool Storytime is designed for ages 3-6, with 2-3 books that are slightly longer with more sophisticated humor and concepts. We still have songs and movement, but with less repetition from week to week. Preschool storytime is a little longer, and is followed by activities or a simple craft.
Interested in Baby Storytime? While we don’t currently offer Baby Storytime, if there is enough interest we might be able to add one in the future. Baby Storytime encourages caregiver-child bonding and supports language development through sensory stimulation with songs, bounces, and of course, a story. Talk to our youth services manager Jennifer if this is something you’re interested in. In the meantime, feel free to give Toddler Storytime a try.
If you’d like to give feedback about storytime or other types of programming for any youth age group, please take this brief survey: https://forms.gle/ekvzEL8fVMf18XuGA