Summer Storytimes offered at library

Staff reports

A child is never too young to learn to read. Research shows that reading to young children from birth significantly increases their chances of thriving in school. It is through the sharing of books and language that young children develop the reading skills needed to be ready to read. Through its seasonal storytime series, the Ascension Parish Library introduces young children to letters, words, and sounds through a variety of fun-filled programs designed to help foster early literacy skills. Library storytimes are rich with activities designed to entertain and introduce young children to the English language.

This summer, the Ascension Parish Library starts its next series of storytime programs for young children. Four types of storytimes are offered based on the needs of the developing child.

Lap-sit Storytime focuses on the needs of babies from birth through crawling. Lap-sit Storytime introduces simple rhymes, songs, and books to stimulate babies with rhythmic language and sensory stimuli. These storytimes are fast paced and energetic to keep babies amused. A parent or caregiver must attend Lap-sit Storytime with their baby.

Toddler Storytime focuses on the needs of young children from walking through age 2. Toddler Storytime introduces new words and ideas to the learning child through simple books, rhymes, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend Toddler Storytime with their child. This fosters a fun, positive learning environment for the child while allowing parents the opportunity to pick up great tips and techniques on reading to young children.  

Preschool Storytime focuses on the needs of children ages 3 through 5.  These storytimes are an exciting half-hour of stories, songs, poetry, and active play as children explore new words, concepts, and uses of language.  Preschool children attend these sessions without the assistance of an adult to help foster the preschooler’s growing need for independence. A preschool child must reach the age of 3 by June 7 to participate in this series.

Bilingual Storytime is for children of all ages who speak Spanish, English, or both. These storytimes are an interactive half-hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays at which everything will be read in both English and in Spanish. Children can learn their numbers, colors, and more in a new language. Spanish speakers will be introduced to English and English speakers will be introduced to the Spanish. Parents or caregivers may attend Bilingual Storytime with their child.

Parents can register their child in advance by either calling or visiting the library. For more information on these fun-filled, educational programs, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, in Galvez at 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at 673-8699.

Here are the scheduled storytimes:

Lap-sit Storytime

Thursdays: June 9-July 28, 10 a.m., Dutchtown

Toddler Storytime

Tuesdays: June 7-July 26, 10 a.m.. Galvez

Wednesdays:?June 8-July 27, 10 a.m.,

Gonzales, Donaldsonville, and Dutchtown    

Preschool Storytime    

Tuesdays: June 7-July 26, 11 a.m., Galvez

Wednesdays:?June 8-July 27, 11 a.m.,

Gonzales & Dutchtown

Bilingual Storytime

Mondays: June 13, 6:30 p.m., Gonzales

July 18, 6:30 p.m., Gonzales