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Local libraries offer story time fun for children

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Westchester Public Library will continue several popular preschool programs this fall. The programs are for different ages and are held at different times to meet the needs of families with young children. Programs are held at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, and Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter.

Thomas Library preschool programs will begin the week of September 8; Hageman Library’s preschool programs will begin the week of September 15. Registration is underway for the programs that require registration.

Play Date is an unstructured playtime for babies newborn to 12 months old (siblings welcome) and their parent or caregiver. Play Date takes place at Hageman Library on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am and then again at 10:30 am. No registration is necessary.

Baby Story Time is an interactive, lap-sit program for babies age 9-24 months and a parent or caregiver at Thomas Library on Wednesdays at 10 am. Build critical pre-reading skills in a fun, stimulating environment. Space is limited, so pre-registration is necessary.

Tickle Tales is a creative, hands-on introduction to books and the library for children 9 months old to 2 years of age and their parent or caregiver. Tickle Tales is held at 10 a.m or 11 a.m on Tuesdays at Hageman. Space is limited to 12 per session, so pre-registration is required (register for one time slot only).

Toddler Time is a special story time for children two-three years of age and their parent or caregiver. Hageman Library hosts Toddler Time on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. Toddler Time is an informal introduction to books and the library which features stories, crafts, music and more. Space is limited so registration is required.

Wiggles & Giggles is a story time for children two-three years of age and their parent or caregiver at Thomas Library on Thursday and Friday mornings at 10 a.m. At Wiggles & Giggles, interaction between caretaker and child will include book sharing and singing along with Grandma Frankie.

Preschool Story Time is for children four to six years of age and not yet in kindergarten. Sessions are held at Hageman Library on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Programs last approximately forty-five minutes and are available on a drop-in basis. Enjoy stories, music, crafts, and adventure! Registration is necessary due to space limitations.

Stories and Kicks for 4, 5, & 6 is a story time program at Thomas Library for children ages 4-6 who are invited to join Miss Pat for exciting stories, silly songs, pretending, dancing, clever crafts, and who knows what else. Miss Pat, storyteller extraordinaire and fun teacher, will lead this hour exploring books and life Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. No registration is necessary.

Pajama Jam Story Tme will take place at Thomas Library in the Children’s Department on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Families are invited to join Miss Heather and her ukulele for a weekly sing-along on the story quilt. Exposure to music has been proven to boost pre-reading skills, cognitive function, and even socialization and empathy in young children. This half-hour program combines music and storytelling for a fun, interactive story time for the whole family. No registration is necessary.

Library story time programs are exciting and fun-filled, yet also provide important learning experiences for young children. In addition to listening to stories, sessions also include music, finger plays and stories told in a variety of formats. Programs are built around weekly themes that enlarge children’s knowledge of life and expand their vocabulary.

Listening to stories and learning to follow directions help to build positive attitudes toward books. They also help children develop valuable pre-reading skills. In addition, talking with the storyteller helps children increase their creativity and their ability to comprehend languages and express ideas.

Please call Thomas Library at 926-7696 or Hageman Library at 926-9080 for more information.

 

Posted 8/29/2014