Introduction to Story Times

Many parents and caregivers are not aware of the planning and preparation it takes to present a 30 minute Story Time here at the Library. The planning process begins with choosing a theme for each week, particularly one that would be of interest to a Toddler or Preschool child. Examples of themes often used are Farm, Pond or Jungle Animals, Bedtime, Bath Time, Pets, Monsters, Dinosaurs and Transportation as well as concept themes such as Colors, Counting, Opposites and Shapes. Age appropriate books that are entertaining to small children are then selected, action rhymes are prepared to encourage enjoyment of the rhythm of language, a variety of visual aids are selected to keep a child’s interest during the sessions and songs for dancing or singing are added because very young children are not expected to sit still and listen for 30 minute intervals.

Dexter District Library also has a wide variety of programming materials for Story Times. There are over 300 interactive, pop-up and lift-the-flap books in our Professional Collection and our Story Time cupboards hold a huge collection of hand puppets, finger puppets, story telling kits, literacy bags, flannel board pieces, rhythm sticks and other materials that encourage the love of reading. The Friends of the Dexter District Library have also purchased several popular children’s books in big book format to add to the Professional Collection and an easel to hold the books, making it easier to read and show during Story Times. This collection has become very useful when children need to sit and listen to a book for a longer period of time.

Attendance at Story Times is often a child’s first introduction to the many services offered by the Dexter District Library. When the program is geared to their interests with the knowledge of what is developmentally appropriate for their age group, the Library has the opportunity to create life-long readers and Library users in the Dexter Community. It is with this knowledge in mind, that Story Times are carefully planned and implemented to introduce the entertaining side of literature to young children.

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Upcoming Events for Children

Wed, Nov 26th @ 11:00am
Movie & Popcorn for Kids
Wed, Nov 26th @ 5:00pm
Library is closing at 5PM
Thu, Nov 27th @ 9:00am
Library is Closed
Mon, Dec 1st @ 7:00pm
Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Tue, Dec 2nd @ 4:00pm
First Tuesday LEGO Club
Sat, Dec 6th @ 9:00am
Used Book Sale
Wed, Dec 17th @ 4:30pm
Holiday Party for Children's Book Clubs
Mon, Dec 22nd @ 11:00am
Holiday Story Time with a Live Reindeer!
Mon, Dec 22nd @ 11:30am
Live Reindeer Outside the Library!
Wed, Dec 24th @ 9:00am
Library is Closed

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