by Barbara Reyhmeyer
Most public libraries offer a Story Time. It's not only a great opportunity for your child to hear someone (other than you) read aloud to them, but it is a chance for them to interact with other children and adults. Your child will enjoy 20 minutes or more of reading, which is the recommended daily dose! Parents can connect with other parents, who are dealing with many of the same things, such as lack of sleep or dealing with tantrums. It is an opportunity to be around other adults, make new friends, and network for childcare services, too.
When you attend a library program, your child benefits - they learn to share with others, take turns, and to listen. They learn songs, fingerplays and rhymes, and they might do a craft or play a game, related to the story or theme that week. They also make new friends and begin the habit of life-long reading.
When you check out books to read together at home, it creates a community connection to your library. When your child helps choose the books to borrow they are even more likely to sit and listen to a story read at home. The librarian or volunteer leading story time is a resource for book recommendations. Encourage your child to talk to the librarian, and get help finding just the right book.
Get you and your child out of the house and enjoying the company of great books alongside other kids and families and take advantage of this free service!