10 Reasons We Love Storytime
Public libraries offer many free and educational programs and activities for children such as crafting classes, music and movement, comic book making, novel making, puppet shows, reading and writing classes, and even classes on rug making and rock carving! Our personal favorite is storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschools.
For parents and caregivers, we encourage you to take your baby, toddler, or preschooler to a storytime event. If you are an educator, please encourage the parents of the children with whom you work to check out their local libraries for these programs.
What happens at storytime?
A group of parents and children sit in a circle on the floor and listen to the librarian read stories and sing songs. The librarian has books, other visuals, and music to go along with some of the books. At the end of the session, the children get to play, share toys, and hang out, which gives the parents an opportunity to get to know one another.
10 reasons why you should take your child to storytime:
1. Exposure to books and reading: Research shows that storybook reading facilitates language development and literacy skills. Children who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in school and become successful readers.
2. Social skills: Your children will learn and practice social skills with other children through observing, sharing, and playing.
3. Love for reading: Hearing books read aloud helps your children develop a love of books and reading.
4. Library as a fun place: Your children will start associating the library as a fun place! You can always check out books at the end as a reward for your children.
5. Body orientation and focused attention: Your children will start to learn how to sit still and pay attention to an adult other than you. These skills will come handy once they start school.
6. Imagination development: Books are amazing tools that activate your children’s imagination and help them become creative thinkers.
7. Vocabulary building: Stories expose children to vocabularies that they don’t typically hear in spoken language. This way, they will start learning the vocabulary that they need to do well on the formal testing in the years to come.
8. Introduction of songs and rhymes: Songs and nursery rhymes will help your children with their pre-literacy skills.
9. Social opportunity for parents and caregivers: Storytime is a great time to socialize for both you and your child. You can use storytime as an opportunity to meet other parents and share stories, ideas and your child can interact with other children.
10. Using your tax money: Our tax dollars go to our public libraries, so use them!
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