CROWN POINT | Fall story time programs are tackling the ABC's with a "letter" theme at the Crown Point Community Library.
Children participating in the Pre-School Pals story time program gathered around the tree house last week to hear letter-themed stories and create a pair of "super-letter-finder" binoculars.
"We encourage all parents to get their children involved with our library story time programs," said Youth Service Librarian Paula Newcom. "Our programs do more than just encourage 'a love of reading.'
"They offer opportunities for children to develop literacy skills and allow them to participate in activities that enrich the child's reading experience." Once children are introduced to the library, Newcom added, "they not only read books, they spend time with books - they browse in the stacks, listen to stories read aloud, as well as use the computer and attend programs. These activities encourage parents to become involved in their child's reading."
Four separate Story Time programs group children by age: Book Babies is for babies from birth to 2 years and sessions last about 20 minutes; Tot-Time is for children 2 to 4 and lasts about 30 minutes; Little Listeners is for children 4 to 6 and lasts about 30-45 minutes; and Pre-School Pals is for children 3 to 6 and lasts about 30 minutes.
"Most of our story time programs require parent or adult caregiver participation (for Little Listeners, parent/caregiver must simply remain in library) and in addition to stories read aloud children, also play games, sing songs and make crafts," Newcom said.
Programs are offered at the Winfield branch, 10645 Randolph St., on Tuesdays, Sept. 13 and 20, and at the Crown Point Library on Wednesdays, Sept. 14 and 21, Thursdays, Sept. 15 and 22 and Fridays, Sept. 16 and 23. Registration is required.
For a complete schedule of programs, call Newcom at (219) 663-0270 or sign up online at www.crownpointlibrary.org.