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Longmont Public Library Makes Changes to Storytime Schedule

February 4, 2019
Nicole "Fleur de Beast" LeBoeuf-Little reads during children's storytime at the Longmont Public Library in October, when several members of the Boulder County Bombers roller derby team visited to read books pertaining to bullying, self confidence and feelings. The library this week is implementing changes to its storytime schedule.

Following a six-week-long survey of parents and caregivers, the Longmont Public Library is altering its popular storytime schedule.

On Mondays, the Library’s Yoga Storytime will continue in its 11 to 11:45 a.m. time slot during which the library’s creative movement-certified librarian runs a playful 45-minute storytime, integrating stories and songs with yoga poses and movement in the large meeting room.

Tuesdays are now reserved for toddler storytime. Designed for ages 2 and 3, toddler storytime runs from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the large meeting room. This 30-minute storytime includes longer stories, songs and movement to build language and literacy skills.

Baby storytime is now held from 10:15 to 10:35 a.m. and 11 to 11:20 a.m. Wednesdays in the large meeting room. The interactive storytime is designed for the youngest children and their grown-ups. It includes 20 minutes of short stories, lots of songs, rhymes, bouncing and fun for children and grown-ups to build language and pre-literacy skills.

While bedtime storytime will continue in its 7 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday time slot, the daily schedule will change.

On the first Thursday of each month, beginning this week , a second bilingual storytime (cuentos bilingües) will be added to the existing half-hour offered the second Monday evening of each month. This storytime, from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the craft room, was created for children in preschool and older and includes stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish and English.

Beginning Feb. 14, the second and third Thursdays of the month will be Throwback Thursday: Classic Storytime. Held from 11 to 11:30 a.m., the 30-minute storytime in the craft room will encourage parents and children of all ages to take time out, slow down and listen to longer stories with a focus on the classics. No screens will be allowed, but there will be lots of felt-board stories, rhymes and calm.

From 10:15 to 11 a.m. the last Thursday of the month, the library will be home to Nature Storytime with Miss Margaret in the large meeting room. With a science focus, the program introduces stories, songs, games, and hands-on activities that explore local nature. All ages are welcome, but the program is geared for ages preschool to 9. Nature Storytime requires registration and is the only regular storytime to do so.

From 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, the library will host Family Storytime in the large meeting room, starting this week. This 30-minute storytime is designed for children of all ages and their grown-ups and features lots of fun picture books, along with movement and age-appropriate stories and games to help children become ready to read. Periodically the storytime will feature a special guest or craft activity. The maiden voyage of this refreshed storytime will include a visit from the Tooth Fairy for National Children’s Dental Month.

Except for Nature Storytime, none of the programs require registration, so parents and caregivers are encouraged to check the Library’s website calendar and then drop in for a storytime.

John Spina: 303-473-1389, jspina@times-call.com or twitter.com/jsspina24

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