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Now that my kids are no longer 2 under 2, I have started taking them to story time at our local library.
Honestly, I regret not taking them sooner. My excuses included not knowing what to expect, having 2 under 2, and worrying about how my little ones would behave.
If you are a mom who is on the fence about taking your little one(s) to story time, I hope this post will persuade you to go.
How and Where to Find Library Story Time
The easiest way to find a library story time is to go to your local library’s website and search their calendar of events. If your library does not have its own website, you can also inquire in person to see if they offer a story time for little kids.
What to Expect at Story Time
*Note that the story time my kids attend is for ages 0-5. If your kids are in an older age group, your story time experience may be different.
Story time takes place in a library meeting room, adjacent to the main library. (This assures that any loud kiddos will not disrupt the general library-going public.)
The story time room will have a large rug on the floor for the kiddos to sit on. There are also chairs along the outer walls for those adults who do not feel like sitting on the floor, to sit. (At our story time, these chairs are occupied by pregnant women, grandparents, and mothers holding infant children.)
Timeline of Activities
First, the librarian leading story time comes to the front of the room and begins the story time program. Story time opens with a welcome song. During the song, kids are encouraged to wave, clap, and stomp their feet.
After the welcome song, the librarian reads a short picture book.
Next the librarian passes out “shakers,” which are little oval-shaped sound-makers. For the following song, the kids are encouraged to shake their shakers along to the music.
Then it is time for another short picture book. (I would estimate about half the kids pay attention while the books are being read. The other half is glancing around the room, looking at other kids, trying to squirm out of mama’s lap, or toddling around the room.)
Then it is time for the Goodbye Song. It is similar to the Welcome Song, except this time the waving is for goodbye.
A Note about Stay and Play Story Times
If your child attends a stay and play story time, then after the traditional story time activities described above, your child will also get a chance to stay and play with the other children.
My kids attend a stay and play story time, and after the Goodbye Song, the librarian brings out age-appropriate toys for the kids.
If the weather is nice, we go outside to play. One week, we did a nature scavenger hunt searching for items such as trees, rocks, and flowers. There is also sidewalk chalk, an assortment of balls, and soft plastic animals for the kids to play with.
If you have toddlers, you know they cannot stay still long. The stay and play story time is an excellent chance for toddlers to get out and discover new things, as well as meet and interact with other children.
Benefits of Story Time
Readers: Do you take your kids to library story time? What is the experience like for your kids?
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