Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to enter a wonderful world filled with songs and rhymes, clapping hands and smiling faces, wide eyes and comfortable laps at the Keene Public Library. Registration for the next session of Preschool Storytime, Toddler Two-Times, and Lapsit Time at the Keene Public Library has begun. The seven-week session of programs starts the week of January 7, 2019, and concludes February 23, 2019. Registration will continue throughout the series, as space is available.
Preschool Storytime is designed for children aged three to six and is held on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Book Time with Babies and Toddlers is held Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m and is designed for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers. Each program includes simple age-appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays, and handouts.
Additionally, the Keene Public Library a drop-in Saturday Stories program each Saturday morning, which the library is opened, at 10 a.m. Saturday Stories will include stories, fingerplays, and often a simple craft or take-home project. This drop-in program is perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.
The story programs at the Keene Public Library are carefully planned in response to continuing research that shows the importance of sharing language with very young children. Sharing books helps to create a deep and lasting bond between child and caregiver. The early introduction of language play, books, rhymes, and songs into a child’s life offers him or her a variety of experiences. Finally, sharing books with very young children can help to prepare children to learn to read and love books. “Reading is the basis for all learning,”
Youth Services Librarian Gail Zachariah explained. “Encouraging your kids to read and use the library is the best thing you can to help them do better in school and keep learning throughout their lives.”
Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required. You can register through our online calendar at https://ci.keene.nh.us/keene-public-library/calendar-events or you can call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157.