Fauquier County Public Library now offers evening story time
An evening story time is now being offered at the Warrenton central library. Pajama Story Time is held Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. Filled with stories, songs and activities, it is perfect for busy families and their children.
“Story times are central to our mission,” said Dawn Sowers, Public Services Manager, “and are one of the best ways to foster a love of reading. With the addition of Pajama Story Time, commuting parents and others whose busy schedule doesn’t allow them to come to morning story times can also participate.”
Reading to your child at home is important, and story times offered at your local library provide parents with additional support in raising successful readers and learners. Story times are great for parents and caregivers too, providing a social opportunity, and may introduce them to previously unknown authors and illustrators.
Fauquier County Public Library offers various story times for children from infants through age five. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – a program for children who have not yet entered kindergarten – helps parents prepare children for school by offering young readers incentives as they reach reading milestones. The library also offers Sensory Story Time for pre-school children with special needs. Paws to Read, a program in which children ages five – ten read to trained and certified therapy dogs, helps children build reading skills and confidence and rounds out the story time offerings. Detailed descriptions can be found on the library’s Children’s Programs page to help you choose the right story time for your child.
Library staff offers these suggestions on how to get the most out of story time:
Come Early: Arrive a few minutes early to enable you and your child to get comfortable.
Health and Safety First: Use the space outside the story time area to park strollers. Toys, puzzles and snacks are best saved for after story time. To keep everyone healthy and happy, ailing children and parents are encouraged to join us when they are feeling better.
Join In: Sing, clap, play along and help your child do the same. Young children learn by doing and you are your child’s best role model. Joining in maximizes learning and fun!
Model Good Listening Behavior: Sit close to your child and be attentive to the presentation. Children take their cues from adults and seeing you engaged and enthusiastic will encourage them to be the same.
Looking for a good book to read to your child? Check out Kiddosphere, a library blog written collections manager Jennifer Schultz, for book reviews and recommendations for children of all ages. Check out the complete Kiddosphere archive on our website.
Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator, Fauquier County Public Library