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 Storytimes: Developing 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.