LIBRARY STORYTIME: MORE THAN JUST BOOKS
Jackson County, Oregon (November 8, 2018) – One of the most important academic skills for a young child is learning to read. Children who enter kindergarten with the early literacy skills of alphabet knowledge, concepts about print, book handling skills, phonological awareness, and expressive vocabulary are better prepared for academic success.
Library storytime programs develop the early literacy, communication, and social skills needed to be ready for kindergarten. Jackson County Library Services (JCLS) meets the varied ages, abilities, and needs of children in our community with six types of storytime programs: Babies in the Library (0-12 months), Wobblers (12-36 months), Toddlerobics (2+ years), Preschool (3-5 years), Sensory (3-5 years), and Bilingual Spanish-English Storytime (3-5 years).
“Storytime programs are more than just books and stories,” said Brystan Strong, Youth Services Manager at JCLS. “We know from recent studies in child development that reading books aloud to your child helps develop their reading skills long before they are able to read.”
So how is library storytime different from reading to your child at home? Trained library staff use songs, action rhymes, puppets, finger plays, games, movement, and dance to engage kids, teach skills that are essential to literacy development, and instill a lifelong love of reading. Children who attend storytime learn to be part of a group, and learn in a group setting. Many of the five Ready to Read fundamentals: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing, are incorporated into storytime.
“Storytime isn’t just for children,” added Strong. “It’s for grownups too! Library storytime exposes caregivers to authors and titles they may not be familiar with, provides a great way to meet other parents in the community, and models how they can bring early literacy learning into the home.”
The best way to find out whether storytime is right for your family is to attend! All JCLS library branches host free storytime programs. The complete schedule and additional storytime details are available at jcls.org/storytime
About Jackson County Library Services:
The mission of the Jackson County Library District is to connect everyone to information, ideas and each other. With 15 branches throughout the county, community meeting rooms, programs, outreach to homebound residents and to childcare centers, computer classes, free internet access, 24-hour online resources, and a staff of experts, library services touch nearly every Jackson County resident. For more information about library services and locations, visit jcls.org
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