I’m not sure why it took me so long, but last week, I took my toddler for the first time to our local library for their weekly story time. He had so much fun! I am now planning to take an hour each Tuesday morning to take him to story time every week. Have you ever visited your library’s story time?
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My guess is that just about every city’s library system hosts a weekly story time for babies, toddlers, and preschool children. Our local libraries break down the sessions by age: babies up to 18 months old, toddlers 18 months old to 3 years old, and preschoolers 3-5 years old. They also have activities for school-aged children (5 and up), and even events for teenagers.
If you’ve never been to story time at your local library, you can expect stories (of course), songs, nursery rhymes, and puppets. Here’s a sample of the flow you can expect for a toddler story time session:
- Children will sit down in preschool circle-time fashion.
- Librarian will enter and engage kids with a stretch or simple movement, easing them into sitting back down for a story.
- Librarian will read an age-appropriate book.
- A song or two will be sung, usually engaging kids with accompanying hand movements.
- A nursery rhyme or puppet story will be told.
- Librarian will read another book.
- More singing, movement, and rhymes, often accompanied with children’s music.
Because kids this age can’t sit still for very long, I love that the structure allows them to get up, stretch, and move. It’s very interactive and a lot of fun. I hope you and your little ones get to try story time at your local library soon!