Storytime at Newton Public Library will resume on March 23 – The Kansan
By Kansan Staff
The pandemic and staff changes have caused a hiatus in storytime at the Newton Public Library, but the program is set to return.
The library recently announced that an eight-week spring story hour for young children and their caregivers will resume in March. 23.
Story time for toddlers (18-36 months) will be on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Story time for preschoolers (3-5 years) will be available at 10:30 a.m. Thursday or Friday.
“In addition to the usual nursery rhymes, songs and storybooks, we plan to incorporate activity stations where parents can play with their children in an activity related to the storytime theme. The hope is that some of these activities will be things they can replicate at home with their children,” said Children’s Services Coordinator Sara Rickard.
StoryTime weekly programs are designed to meet children’s early literacy needs through stories, rhymes, songs and games – while strengthening the bond between child and caregiver and cultivating a love for the library .
“The goal is not just to get kids excited about books, words and stories, but also to equip parents with some skills they can use to encourage early literacy at home,” Rickard said. .
Encouraging early literacy means helping children recognize sounds, develop their vocabulary, understand how a story works, and express themselves through words and stories – foundational skills that will eventually lead to reading and to writing.
Along with the resumption of StoryTime, the children’s level play area will reopen after an extended closure due to COVID-19. The area will feature new toys to foster imaginative play, including a train table, interactive streetscape floor mat, play kitchen, and new puzzles and blocks.
“For example, we’re not going to teach a toddler to write their name, but we’ll talk about shapes, and once they’re familiar with shapes, they can eventually understand that ‘C’ is like a circle. , and that sort of thing,” Rickard said. “Children’s main job is to play, so if we can play with them while incorporating those things, that’s the best way for them to learn.”
Pre-registration is not required, parents and guardians are encouraged to subscribe to the library’s children’s services mailing list in order to receive the latest updates and reminders .
StoryTime participants ages 3 and up are welcome and encouraged to wear masks, but masks are not required. Free masks for children and adults are available at the library.