Story Time @ Your Library

Story Time @ Your Library

Story Time

Judge George W Armstrong Library

Come for StoryTime

Children - Wednesday 10am - 10:30am

Share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement at interactive story times. For teachers and childcare providers - Arrange for a tour of your library. Talk to a librarian about programs and services for your group.

Please contact our Children's Services Librarian in advance of story time to learn how we can best accommodate your group(s).

What can parents and care givers expect from Story Time?

Story Time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Every week the library offers programs matched to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. Library Story Times incorporate the early literacy skills that children must master before they can learn to read. These are:

  • Phonological Awareness:refers to the specific ability to focus on and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. Phonemes are the smallest units comprising spoken language. Phonemes combine to form syllables and words.
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  • Vocabulary:the body of words known to an individual person
  • Print Motivation:is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. Children who enjoy books are more likely to want to learn to read, and to keep trying even when it is hard.
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  • Narrative Skills:are all about storytelling and understanding how stories work. Children should begin to understand that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Being able to describe things and tell events in order, as well as being able to re-tell stories, aids in later reading comprehension skills.
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  • Print Awareness: refers to a child's understanding of the nature and uses of print. A child's print awareness is closely associated with his or her word awareness or the ability to recognize words as distinct elements of oral and written communication. Both skills are acquired in the child's natural environment.
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  • Letter Knowledge:

    enabling a child to recognize all the letters of the alphabet, in both capital letter and lowercase form, and to know the names and sounds of each. It is often assumed that if children can recite all the letters of the alphabet, like they do in the alphabet song, then they know their letters.
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Story Time

Story Times for older preschoolers may include films and/or crafts.

What is the role of adults at Story Time?

An adult bringing a child to Story Time must remain in the library throughout the duration of the program, and an adult must remain with babies and toddlers in the program itself. Parents and care givers can learn by watching library staff demonstrate good read-aloud skills and by being aware of the age-appropriate books, music, songs and activities staff use during Story Time.

How can a parent or care giver find a convenient Story Time?

Please check the calendar to find a Story Time appropriate for your child and convenient to your family. Space at Story Times may be limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise indicated on the calendar listing.

How can a parent or care giver make the most of Story Time?

  • Coming to Story Time on a regular basis.
  • Arriving a few minutes early.
  • Paying attention to the stories and activities throughout Story Time.
  • Participating when encouraged to do so.
  • Not bringing food or toys to the Story Time.
  • Letting each child choose books and by checking them out to share at home.
  • Asking library staff for help in choosing age-appropriate books and music.
  • Taking an upset child out of the program area until he or she calms down.
  • Talking with your child about the stories after Story Time.
  • Repeating the Story Time rhymes and songs at home with your child.
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