What is Storytime?
Storytime is an opportunity for parents to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. At Storytime, children have an opportunity to do activities that promote development and learning. All programs are designed for parents to participate with their children.
The Library offers three types of Storytime: Preschool, Lapsit, and Family.
The library welcomes schools, daycares, and other groups. Arrangements for these visits need to be made in advance, by contacting Andrew, the Children's Librarian, at 781-7805. ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for Storytime
- Be playful: Please join in and show your child that storytime is fun. The time to visit with other adults is before or after storytime.
- Distractions: Arriving late is sometimes impossible to avoid, but please enter the room with as little disruption as possible. Toys and food should be put away, and phones should be turned off or set on vibrate.
- Those bad days: Remember, we all have bad days. If your child becomes upset, please step out of the room to "regroup," then quietly return.
- Those insecure days: Please be patient with your child if he or she wants to observe instead of joining in. We completely understand that for some children this will be their first group experience in the library, and that it may take a few visits for them to feel comfortable.
- Bring books home too: An important part of the storytime experience for children is checking out books to read or share at home.
- Group visits: Our storytimes are designed for parents and children; arrangements for school, daycare, or other group visits larger than five need to be made in advance.
Make the most of your family's visit to the library
Thank you for bringing your child to the Beech Grove Public Library and providing them with an opportunity to fall in love with books and reading. Here are some tips to help make your visit as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
- Read softly to your child/children while in the children's area.
- Help your child/children to select books, CDs, DVDs, or magazines. Leave any they decide not to check out on a table for library staff to put away.
- Encourage your child to walk while in the library, for their safety and the safety of others.
- Guide your child in proper use of library furniture, computers and other resources.
- Ask if there is a designated area for food before sharing snacks with your child.
- Take your child out of the library if they become upset and disruptive. Feel free to return once they have calmed down.