Family Storytime & Toddler Time – Wednesday evenings

Welcome to Family Storytime!

This program is designed to provide an interactive storytime experience for the entire family to enjoy together.  This year, we have added a “Toddler Time” to the program, so that our youngest library users can have a special experience too!  Toddler Time begins promptly at 6:15 PM, and our regular Family Storytime follows it at 6:30 PM.

Here are a few things to help make your storytime experience fun for everyone:

  • Arrive on time – Storytime includes many interactive activities for your family that are too fun to miss.  We begin Toddler Time promptly at 6:15, and follow it immediately with Family Storytime at 6:30.
  • Join in – Our program is designed for all ages of children and their caregivers.  Your child will benefit most when you join them in play.
  • Move about – While some children enjoy sitting still during storytime, others like to move about the storytime area.  Either is a great way to enjoy the program.
  • Take time out – If your child becomes too restless or loud, feel free to step out of the story area for a few minutes.  Rejoin when you can.

Our routine:

The kids know – storytime begins when we sing “If You’re Ready for a Story.”  The Little Mouse flannelboard quickly becomes a favorite for all children.  And storytime ends when we sing and wave goodbye to our friends.  After the first week or two, you will all know these songs and rhymes as well as I do!

If You’re Ready for a Story
to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.
Clap your hand (clap, clap),
And stomp your feet (stomp, stomp)
Make your hands all nice and neat (fold hands)
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

Little Mouse flannelboard

Each week, Little Mouse will be hiding in a different house.  We try to find him by saying this rhyme:

Little Mouse, Little Mouse
Are you in the  (red) house?

Is Little Mouse there?  Or is it one of his friends?

This activity reinforces our number skills (counting the houses), color recognition, and animal names and sounds.  Plus, it’s just FUN trying to find our Little Mouse friend!

We Wave Goodbye Like This
to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”

We wave goodbye like this (wave hands)
We wave goodbye like this (wave hands)
We clap our hands for all our friends (clap hands)
We wave goodbye like this.

 

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