Last Storytime

It’s the last Storytime of the spring season, and while we’re sad to see it come to an end, we’re excited to get planning for summer!

We’ll have our summer calendar ready sometime in the first week of June, so make sure to stop back here that week to see what we have planned. New faces, new programs…it’s all going to be exciting!

Don’t forget, you can see what’s going on at any point by visiting our website at http://carletonplacelibrary.ca

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Unplugged

This week, I’m reading UNPLUGGED by Steve Antony during storytime. I’m taking a bit of a risk reading this book to a large group of kids. It’s filled with plenty of black and white illustrations, tiny little pictures in the middle of the book, and the general idea of computering looks more like something out of 1990 than 2018.  I’m not sure they’ll understand. And Blip–the main character–is a robot, I think. So, why is this robot attached to the computer all the time?  I’m not sure either. And I think it might be a stretch to explain it to kids raised on iPads.

But…

The point to the book is that Blip is chained to the computer all day. It’s fun, and she learns things, and gets to experience adventures and far away places. When the power goes out, she accidentally trips over the power cord and falls down the stairs and lands outside. Outside. That’s when she discovers colour…and grass, and birds, and friends.  It’s lovely, and I hope the lesson isn’t lost on the kids. Especially now that it’s spring. With the cold weather and snow (hopefully) mostly behind us, I’m hoping the kids will see that it’s nice to get outside and play and enjoy life.

It might be a better story to read to an individual child on your knee, where you can discuss the pictures and take time to really look at all the detail, but I’m hoping the bigger picture here will work. Wish me luck.

Christmas Storytime Drop In

Bundle the kids into their pajamas and drop by the library tonight at 6pm for a fun Christmas Storytime! No registration required…and children of all ages are welcome. We’ll read Christmas stories, sing songs, and get the kiddies all ready for a slumber full of sugarplum dreams.

See you at 6pm!

It’s Storytime Again!

It’s that time of year again—-all of our fun fall programs are beginning again, including one of our favourites, Storytime!

Registration begins today for this program aimed at 2-5 year olds. We run two sessions on Wednesday mornings, one at 9:30am, and another at 10:15am. Each one will include books, songs, rhymes, and lots of fun. We focus on the five basics of early literacy—–reading, writing, playing, singing and talking. It’s a great way to give your children some exposure to social settings, learning skills in a group, and to meet some new friends. This is especially important if your child doesn’t attend a daycare, or isn’t involved in activities outside the home (it’s important for parents, too!).

Call us today to sign up for one of the sessions, which begins on Wednesday, September 13th. We’re looking forward to having some of our favourite young friends back at the library, and to meeting new ones!

Storytime is Back!

storytimeWe’re gearing up for another great session of storytime at the library. It happens on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am, and again at 10:15am. Our 2-5 year olds learn early literacy skills, sing songs, bang rhythm sticks, and listen to stories. They even take home a fun craft!

Who is this best aimed at?

We invite all 2-5 year olds to attend, but we often have younger siblings tag along. And they always end up participating just as much as the older kids. Even if your child isn’t super active yet, we bet they’ll enjoy each session. We have something for everyone….songs, stories, giggles, and more.

What if my child can’t sit still?

We have LOTS of fun things that get the wiggles out. But if your child isn’t quite ready to sit for any length of time, you’re welcome to bring them and try it out. You can always leave the room for a few minutes if your child is fussy. We guarantee they’ll want to come back in at some point (usually when we break out the rhythm sticks)!

Why do I need to register?

Since we run most of our programs for young children when we’re not open, many people have no idea why they can’t just drop in from week to week. But if you’ve been to one of our sessions where that happens, you’ll know it can be C-R-A-Z-Y if there are too many children/parents/babies/stuffed animals in one room. So, we need people to register so that we can control each session and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone (especially the children’s librarian)!

What if it’s a bad day for us? Or what if it snows?

If the buses are cancelled, we don’t run our children’s events. Many families have older children who might suddenly be home, and it’s tricky to keep everyone occupied. We’ll post a bus cancellation on our Library Facebook page, so make sure to check there if you’re not sure.

If you can’t make a session you’ve signed up for, please CALL THE LIBRARY to let us know. Not only will we be able to pop someone else into that space at the last minute, but we’ll make sure you’re on the list for the following week. We don’t want anyone to be disappointed.

We don’t celebrate holidays. How do I know if this is not going to suit my child?

In the past, we’ve held special storytimes to celebrate holidays. It becomes a little tricky trying to make our sessions appropriate for every denomination or belief, so we tend to run very general storytimes now….no holiday books, rhymes, songs, or crafts. However, if we do decide to do something a little different, we’ll let everyone know the week before, or provide an alternative craft for those who might not want to take the one we’re handing out that week. Please feel free to talk to the librarians about special requests, such as celebrations or beliefs. We’ll do our best to make it fun for everyone!

Great!  When can I sign up?

You can sign up starting January 3rd. Give us a call at 257-2702.