After a short break, we’re back with Preschool Storytime on Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15 at 10:30am.  Storytime will be held every Thursday and Friday during Summer Reading.

Preschool Storytime is designed with children ages 3 to 5 years old in mind.  Each session features stories, music, dancing, crafts, and other opportunities for children and their caregivers to explore the week’s theme.

During Preschool Storytime, research-based practices to promote and develop early literacy are emphasized.  These practices include:

Talking:  Children learn language and other early literacy skills by listening to their parents and others talk. As children hear spoken language, they learn new words and what they mean. They learn about the world around them and important general knowledge.

Singing: Songs are a wondeful way to learn about language. Singing also slows down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words

Reading: Shared reading is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Reading together increases vocabulary and general knowledge. It helps children learn how print looks and how books work. Children who enjoy being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.

Writing: Reading and writing go together. Both represent spoken language and communicate information. Children can learn pre-reading skills through writing activities.

Playing: Play helps children think symbolically, so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. Play also helps children express themselves and put thoughts into words.

These practices can also be used at home with parents and caregivers to help children gain literacy skills and get them ready to read.

We hope to see you at Storytime on Thursday and Friday at 10:30am from June 14 & 15 through August 2 & 3!  And don’t forget to sign your kids up for Libraries Rock!, our Summer Reading Club.