Why bring your child to Storytime at the Library?

Storytime supports Early Literacy, which refers to what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write. It is not the teaching of reading but instead involves the building of a foundation for reading so when children are taught to read, they will be ready.

A  study by Judy MacLean found that preschool literacy programs – like library storytimes - do make a difference: “There is evidence to support that such activities as reading, singing and playing with children, can impact a child’s brain development and subsequently help provide them with the pre-reading skills they need to start school.” (MacLean, Judy. Library Preschool StorytimesDeveloping Early Literacy Skills in Children. www.ed.psu.edu/  ADTED 458 – Dr. Sheila Sherow. Summer 2008)

Boone County Public Library’s enhanced Storytimes provide opportunities for families to experience literacy together. We read stories, play games, dance, sing songs and offer hands-on activities.  Take Home Fun Cards, provided for each family, are jam-packed with songs, rhymes, games and helpful early literacy tips that can be done at home. Here is a sample take home fun card.  Parents are the first and most important teacher in a child’s life. The Library’s Storytimes strive to support families in that role.

Parents and caregivers will:

  • learn new songs and rhymes to do at home
  • meet new friends
  • learn new read-a-loud techniques
  • discover good book choices

The Library offers a couple unique Storytimes, too. Sensory Storytime is especially designed for children with sensory sensitivities. This Storytime is offered to all ages every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Main Library as well as the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Spanish Storytime (Tiempo de Cuentos) is for ages birth to 5+ years and is offered every Friday at our Florence Branch at 10:30 a.m. Spanish speaking families and families learning to speak Spanish are welcome to participate in this Storytime.

All storytimes at BCPL are listed with age guidelines (see below). Keep in mind, our Storytimes are developmentally based to address the needs of the child. Children of any age are invited to join a Storytime that best fits their developmental stage.

  • Babies- ages birth to 18 months
  • Tiny Tots- ages 18 months to 2.5 years
  • Toddler Tales- ages 2.5 to 3.5 years
  • Family Storytime- ages 2 to 5+ years
  • Bookworms- ages 3.5 to 5+ year

Want to find out how your child, ages 2 months to 3 years is developing? Library staff are trained to offer developmental screenings. For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact Tyra @ 859-342-2665 ext. 8138. Screenings can be done at a Library nearest you.

We’ve changed our Storytime schedule for 2014 per your request. Instead of shorter sessions of six to eight weeks, beginning in January, our storytimes will run year-round except May, August and December. You’ve told us that longer sessions will allow you to create a consistent routine. Bringing your child to Storytime regularly can help lay the foundation for school readiness.

2014 Storytime Sessions:

  • January 6 – April 26
  • June 2 – July 26
  • September 1 – November 22

Take note of our new sign-in sheet. In order to serve you better, we are asking for your email address so we can send reminders when a Storytime session begins, ends or falls on a holiday. Notices of upcoming Family and Preschool programs may also be emailed. All of these changes were prompted by customer input. Being responsive to the needs of our community is important to us. We encourage you to share your thoughts here: http://www.bcpl.org/forms/comments-suggestions/

While we are very excited about the changes in the Storytime schedule, we are equally excited about what will stay the same. We will continue to offer a variety of Storytimes throughout the week in the morning, afternoon and evening as well as on Saturdays. Families are invited to drop in (no registration needed) to participate. Each week BCPL offers 21 different Storytimes at five locations. Check the schedule for a Storytime nearest you and join us.

–Jennifer and Tyra

Jennifer Timmerman, a graduate of the Univ. of North Carolina, has worked in both school and public libraries in Florida, North Carolina and Kentucky and shares her love of learning and literature daily as the YS Manager at the Scheben Branch in Union.

Tyra LaVerne, Early Literacy Specialist, has been with BCPL for two years. Tyra taught preschool in California for 10 years prior to moving to Kentucky with her family.


2014 Reading Challenge: Rediscover the Magic of Reading

Carrie Herrmann has 25 years of experience in libraries, most of those in Northern Kentucky. A Graduate of University of Kentucky, Carrie is the Public Service Coordinator for Boone County Public Library.

We are all so busy these days that sometimes it’s difficult to find time to read a magazine, let alone a book. 2014 is just around the corner and with it comes a chance to set new goals and resolutions for the New Year. Why not take this opportunity to make reading one of your New Year’s Resolutions? To make it easy for you, we’ve put together a year-long Reading Challenge. It’s very simple–pick up, or print, a reading log bookmark and track the items you read or listen to from the list of monthly genres. Turn your completed reading log bookmark into any Library location by December 31, 2014, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a tablet. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. You can start the reading challenge at any time; the goal is just to read 12 books from the different genres by the end of the year.

Reading log bookmarks will be available at all library locations beginning Monday, December 16, or you can print one here: http://www.bcpl.org/docs/reading-challenge-bookmark.pdf

Not sure what to read? No worries – we’ll have booklists available and Library staff will be happy to offer suggestions. It can be fiction or nonfiction, whatever you want as long as it fits the theme. This is a chance for you to read outside your comfort zone or find gems in the genres you already know and love.

A 2012 Pew Internet Study (Reading Habits in Different Communities) found that 22% of Americans had not read a book in the previous 12 months.  As a librarian and an avid reader, I found that number shocking.  I can’t imagine not reading and not sharing my love of books.  Besides pure enjoyment, there are many benefits to reading. Here are a few obvious benefits to reading, you can probably think of some more.


  • Reduces stress. Losing yourself in a good book can allow you to relax.
  • Increases knowledge. Everything you read (fiction and nonfiction) adds knowledge.  Books can expand your horizons. In addition, reading is portable, meaning you can learn anywhere and at your own pace.  The more knowledge you have the better equipped you are to deal with challenges.
  • Expands vocabulary. The more you read, the more words you are exposed to.  Being articulate is a great asset in any profession.
  • Improves writing skills. Exposure to the written word influences your writing style.
  • Improves your memory.  When you read you have to remember an assortment of characters, plots and subplots.  Each new memory creates a new synapse in your brain and strengthens existing ones.  This aids in short term memory retention.
  • Improves creativity.  The more you read, the more you are exposed to new, different and more complete information.  This allows you to come up with more creative ideas because you see how information from many different sources can be combined into a new idea.
  • Improves focus and concentration. In our world today, attention is drawn in a million different directions as we multi-task, check our email, monitor Facebook and Twitter, and check texts on our phones while we interact with people.  When you read, all of your attention is focused on the story.

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, reading was often a social activity. Community reading took place at coffee houses, literary salons, reading clubs and sewing circles. Today, we still enjoy discussing the latest books we’ve read, but quite often our discussions take place online. So for the 2014 Reading Challenge, we have set up a GoodReads account:  https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/114240-boone-county-public-library. GoodReads is the world’s largest social media site for readers and book recommendations. We invite you to join our community of readers and introduce yourself. Tell us about the books that make you laugh, make you cry–the books you didn’t like–the books you can’t put down. (Participation in GoodReads is not a requirement of the Reading Challenge.)

Whether you decide to participate in the 2014 Reading Challenge or not, Boone County Public Library wishes you a year full of reading opportunities and joy! Come see us!