Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to enter a fantastic 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 storytimes at the Keene Public Library has begun. The seven-week session of programs starts the week of January 6, 2020, and concludes the week of February 21, 2020. Registration will continue throughout the series, as space is available.
Storytimes are a weekly celebration of books, language, and learning. During Preschool Storytime, children will enjoy age-appropriate stories, songs, poetry, and activities. Preschool Storytime is designed for children aged three to six, who have not yet started kindergarten, and is held on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Book Time with Babies and Toddlers is held on Fridays at 10 a.m. Participants will enjoy books, rhymes, music, fingerplays, puppets, and get-up-and-move activities specially designed for infants and toddlers. Research shows that during the first year, infants’ brains are developing the neural connections that they will use for language and higher cognitive functions through the rest of their lives.
The Keene Public Library also offers an-all age family drop-in storytime each Saturday at 10 a.m. Saturday Stories will include stories, fingerplays, and special activities like bubbles and parachute play. 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 helps to set your child on a life of learning. 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 for Preschool Storytime and Book Time for Babies and Toddlers. To register for storytimes or further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157.