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.

Storytime

BRING A FRIEND TOWe’re excited to announce that Storytime is starting again in September!  It will be another fun season of stories, songs, rhymes and much more. Your 2-5 year olds will learn pre-literacy skills while having fun and meeting new friends.

Registration begins today, so don’t hesitate to sign up right away. Spaces are limited for each session, and while there are two each week, they usually fill up fast. You don’t have to register a younger child if you are bringing them along….save the spaces for the 2-5 year olds!

As always, parents (or caregivers) are required to stay for the session. Once the cold weather gets here, please listen to the radio or check the school websites for bus cancellations. When buses are cancelled due to snow days, we don’t have storytime, either. There is no need to risk the icy or snowy roads just to hear a story!

Please give us a call at 257-2702 to register for the session you want, or drop by the library today to sign up. We’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces this fall!

Summer Storytime

Summer StorytimeWe love Storytime at the library….and we know you do, too! It’s been several weeks since our last one, so we’re excited to get going again. But take note….summer storytime runs a little differently.

First up, you can begin to register today for this program. While we usually have two sessions during the year, in summer we only have one and it starts at 10am. Because this is such a popular program, you can imagine that reducing it down to one session will mean that there are limited spaces available. And limited spaces will be easy to fill, so please make sure to register for the FIRST SESSION right away.

Signing up for one session does not mean you’ll be registered for the entire summer, however. Please make sure you sign up each week. If we are full and you come to storytime that morning, you will be able to stay and take out books, but your child will be super disappointed. Don’t let them be disappointed in you, parents! Make sure to register each week!

New Programs at the Library!

Starting in January, we have a whole host of new programs on the schedule. There are book clubs, craft nights, workshops, and much more. You can drop in right now to pick up the 2016 Winter Newsletter for adults and teens, and take the new children’s Newsletter at the same time. There’s something for everyone!

20151209_161258You’ll notice we have the regular storytime beginning again. This session, we’ll also have Toddlers, and a little later on, babies again! Our French storytime session will start up on Fridays again, and we’ll have things to keep the kids entertained on PA days all winter long.

If you’re wondering about March Break, you’ll have to wait a few weeks, but we’ll let everyone know when we have that special schedule out. And if you have young crafters, make note of the registration dates for Valentine’s Craft Night, and Spring Craft Night. These fill up fast, and they are always popular! We’ve already started Forest of Reading®, so register early and begin reading right away!

20151209_161247Our adult and teen programs are even more exciting for 2016!

Starting with teens, we’ll begin our Nerd Herd Teen Book Club again in January, and run it through May. We’re also gearing up to celebrate Rock the Drop again in April for Teen Literature Day….and keep a lookout for a few special new programs for teens a little later on.

For adults, we’re starting up the VERY popular tech training again, as well as our adult book club. But if you’d rather take part in a different type of book club, we have one to bridge the generation gap! (It’s a lot of fun, and it gets everyone involved.)

If adult colouring is more your thing, we’ve got plenty of great colouring pages ready for winter. See all of the details above, or drop in to pick up your own copy (it’s super clear, and has a lot more detail).

20151209_161240The BIG fun happens with our workshops this winter. We’ve got creativity fun, social media info, and money workshops for women. We’re also excited about a special astronomy talk with Frank Hitchens in January that you won’t want to miss!

If you want to know more about any of these great programs, drop by the library, take a gander at our online catalog (http://olco.canlib.ca/client/cp), or give us a call at 257-2702. It’s going to be an exciting winter….even if we don’t get any snow!

Storytime Registration Begins!

Hey!It’s time to begin registering for the 2016 Storytime session!  This is a fun program for children aged 2-5 years old, with stories, songs, rhymes, and lots of pre-literacy skills in an entertaining environment. It’s also the perfect time to get your child a library card to start instilling the love of books.

Call us or drop by the library to register for one of two sessions on Wednesday mornings: 9:30am, or 10:15am.  And hurry, spaces will fill up quickly!

The Stories are Over.

storytime1We’re finishing up a lot of our fall programs this week and next, including storytime. This is such a favourite of our patrons, and I know it will be tricky getting the little ones out of the schedule, but we hope everyone will continue to visit the library during December to take out books and DVDs.

Our new Winter program schedule will go out in a week or so at the front desk. We’re busy planning a variety of amazing things for our patrons for 2016, so keep watching here and on our Facebook page for all of the details.

Our next storytime session will start on January 13th, and registration will begin on December 15th. Please call early to register for the space you would like, either at 9:30am, or 10:15am. We always have a fun morning!

See you in 2016!