17 Aug Fall Storytimes
Even if the temperatures are still summer-like, school has started, which means fall storytimes are just around the corner! With Main closed for renovation projects (check out our progress here), we will move all storytimes to our Coolspring Branch 7089 West 400 North Michigan City, IN 46360, starting Thursday, September 1.
All of our librarian-led storytimes build early literacy skills through interactive activities, stories, music, and more! Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome to attend a storytime that fits their age group and interest level. Here’s what the library has to offer:
Play and Learn: Thursday mornings at 10:00am. Intended for babies and toddlers 0-24 months.
Stories and More: Friday mornings at 10:00am. Intended for preschoolers ages 2-5. We end this storytime with a craft.
Pajamatime: Every second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm. Intended for preschoolers ages 3-5.
The bedrock of our storytimes is the Every Child Ready to Read program, which focuses on Playing, Writing, Singing, Talking, and (of course) Reading. These are simple concepts you can do almost anywhere to help prepare your young pre-reader for school!
Play – Have you discovered the play sets at each of our branches? Your child can pretend to run a market, cook up a gourmet meal, or deliver mail to the community.
Write – Practicing letters can happen without a pencil and paper. Draw letters in a sandbox or make them out of goldfish crackers during snack time.
Sing – We have lots of soundtracks from your child’s favorite TV shows and movies. Check out a few for your next car ride.
Talk – While reading books together ask your child what they notice about the pictures (What color shirt is the main character wearing? Do you think that is her favorite color?) and the story (What do you think is going to happen next?). Not only does this help them with processing skills, you will most likely receive a very humorous answer! 🙂
Read – Did you know your child can have a library card at any age? This is a great opportunity to teach them about responsibility: to take care of a book that belongs to someone else and return it so someone else can enjoy it!