Unlike the old stereotyped tomb-like libraries,
which were places where only whispers were allowed, we want you and your
children o feel
free to laugh and enjoy yourselves. We will encourage your children to
interact with us, with you, and with each other at Story Time.
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During the school year Story Time is offered, for children ages two
and up, once a week on Wednesdays at 10:30am. During the summer we
have paid educational entertainers who fill the Wednesday morning time
slot. For our summer program schedule please check our
monthly calendar or our
Summer Reading Program schedule
We also have a very popular program during
the summer on Thursday afternoons at 3:30
- Crazy Craft-time! For the schedule craft please check our
The average duration for Story Time is
45 minutes. When we have a
craft activity planned Story Time will last one
hour. On the days that we have a craft activity the children should wear
clothing that they may get dirty. See
Below for Storytime Guidelines
We offer stories, finger plays, games, songs, or crafts and
occasionally a snack. Sometimes we get out our puppets as a special treat.
We feature books each week that are perfect for family story time. The
books use repetitive phrases or catchy rhymes that capture a young
reader's attention. Parents will learn story telling techniques as well
as how-to-do many fun crafts that can be done at home with the entire
Younger and older
children are always welcome to attend but our activities and stories are
aimed at the two to six age group. If we receive several requests we
will be glad to offer a Toddler Story Time
once each week as well as our regular Story Time. Parents, please make your wishes regarding Story Time scheduling
known at the circulation desk.
If you will let us know when your child has a
birthday coming up we will plan a short celebration to accompany Story
Storytimes, at a public
library, are often a child's first group experience. Attending
storytime is different than watching TV, going to a movie, or watching a
sports event. The behavior of the audience can positively or negatively
affect the program. A helpful audience enables the storyteller to give
the best presentation possible. With this in mind, we would appreciate
parents and caregivers taking time to think about and discuss storytime
behavior before the library program. Our goal is a happy and
worthwhile experience for all.
1. When it comes to noise
. . .
Verbally responding to the story, soft sounds (happy or
unhappy), talking in an undertone, joyful reactions.
conversations between adults, ringing cell phones, loud speech or
shouting that is unrelated to the story, scolding a child loudly, crying
that drowns out the story (ok to leave and return).
2. When it comes to
movement . . .
Clapping, tapping, jumping, etc.
when part of the story or song; going forward when invited to
participate; toddlers toddling around close to parent or caregiver;
quietly leaving and re-entering; joyful reactions.
Running during the program, unsupervised
toddlers in away-from-program areas, taking away books and materials
that are part of the presentation, touching (tickling, poking, etc.)
other children during a story, blocking the view of others by standing
directly in front of the presentation.
3. When it comes to
general behavior . . .
Adults model good audience
behavior for children by being attentive and participating.
Sitting with a parent or
caregiver helps a child under the age of four to focus upon the program.
Adults may be needed to
help their children with craft activities or to just be there so their
children enjoy showing off their creations.
Arriving on time is
important. If you do arrive late, please wait for a break between
stories or songs before joining the group, otherwise you may replace
the story presenter as the main focus and break the spell of the story.
If the children in your
care become upset please remove them until they are comfortable and
ready to listen, then quietly re-enter and try again.
It is not advisable to
force children to remain in storytime while they are distraught or
having a tantrum.
If you do not enjoy the
program or must leave, please do so in a manner that is least disruptive
remember: Storytimes are carefully planned presentations that are
neither school lessons nor stage performances, but completely unique
literary experiences for the child. Each storytime is designed to
incorporate pre-literacy skills with delightful children’s books to
encourage children’s early love of reading. We appreciate your help in
preserving an enjoyable and beneficial storytime experience for all.
Alvarado Public Library