With September just around the corner, children’s story times at the Anderson Public Library will soon kick off for a new season of fun and learning, with brand new programs and ideas.
Sherry Noon, Youth and Family Services Manager, explained that a completely new program will be added to this year’s story time. In addition to programs on Mondays and Fridays, a periodic program on Wednesdays is going to be added to encourage early logical thinking and social interaction.
Called the “Play Group,” the new program will feature building blocks and cooperative play for ages 2 to 5 years old. “By using building blocks, which is the first form of coding at this age, children will learn to share, work together, and create on their own,” Sherry said. “We will be encouraging children to have a time to play and socially interact.”
In addition to the new Wednesday program, the regular story times on Mondays and Fridays will see new additions. Through the year, Sherry will be incorporating manners into the programs, starting with thankfulness in September. Children will be encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear and talk about how they are “Beary Thankful.”
Sherry explained that the story time programs help build skills through fun interaction. “Story times are designed to develop language and communication, health and physical well-being, general knowledge, social and emotional development, mathematics, and self-help skills. The whole idea of story time is the parents and children will have a wonderful experience and something to talk about afterwards, which encourages building language skills.”
Story time programs start on September 10th and will run through May 2019. Registration is not required to attend. For a list of times and age groups for the September programs, click here.
Story times follow the schedule for Anderson County Schools. No story times will be scheduled during school breaks or if inclement weather causes school closing. Story times are scheduled during professional development days at the schools.