penguinThe winter sessions of Stories for Me have started at the Dublin Library! The programs are a fun way to foster a love of reading with your little one. Each is tailored to specific age ranges so stories and activities are appropriate to your child’s development.

Ages 10-24 months: Mother Goose on the Loose on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.
We incorporate bells, scarves, rhythm sticks, flannel board stories and books to encouage early literacy.

Ages 24-36 months: Circle Time on Mondays at 10:15 a.m.
Join us for a beginning parent/child story time that features interactive stories, action songs and finger plays.

Ages 3-5 years: Preschool Storytime on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.
Stories, songs and finger plays in an independent setting to build school readiness skills.

Although some kids may call us “teacher,” these programs aren’t like classes. What we do is share our love of books and reading through storytelling – and before they know it, kids are learning literacy skills, or the things they need to know about reading before they learn to read.

Stories for Me introduce books and print awareness, or the knowledge of how to handle a book and follow the words on a page.

Listening to stories encourages the acquisition of vocabulary and narrative skills, or the ability to describe things and events and tell stories.

Before children can read and write the alphabet, they develop letter knowledge or the sounds and names of letters.

Songs and rhymes promote phonological awareness, or the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

Parent Patter is a blog series for parents about early literacy, books, and children’s programs at the Dublin Library.