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The Importance of Storytimes!

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The Importance of Storytimes


Elyria Public Library System will be starting their winter storytimes on January 15, 2018.  Storytimes are fun for children, and can be a great opportunity for caregivers to talk with parents of similar aged children.  But storytimes also offer so much more.

Storytimes are a great way for children to gain early literacy skills.  Early literacy is not teaching a child to read, but rather gives the child the skills and knowledge they need to learn to read.  This includes understanding that print letters have sounds that can create words, understanding that smaller sounds make up words, and that words are written from left to right.  Additionally, hearing stories read encourage children to be creative in telling, writing, or acting out their own stories.  Children build up their vocabulary and discover an interest in books and realize that reading is fun.

Librarians are trained to find high quality books, songs, fingerplays, puppets and other props and to use these in fun and engaging way.  Parents can do their part by trying some of their children’s favorite parts of storytime at home.  Parents can find new favorite books to read to their children, sing new songs together, and encourage children’s storytelling by asking the child questions during play. 


EPLS Winter Storytimes – January 15th – March 5th


Baby Play and Learn Central Branch Tuesday 6:00 p.m. Ages 0-36 months

Central Scheide Room.  This program is for our youngest library friends.  Come for stories, rhymes and songs, and stay for play!

Preschool Storytime Wednesday Central Branch 10:30 AM

Central Scheide Room Ages 5 and Under

Get your child ready for reading with our PreK Storytime! 

Mondays @10:30am  Story time Stars – West River Branch
Join us for a fun time with stories, songs, fingerplays, and a simple craft. Ages 5 and under.

Thursdays @ 10:30am Romp and Rhyme: ages 3-5 – West River Branch. Stories, music, rhymes and a craft!

Keystone Branch - Explore-a-Story Thursdays @ 10:30 am, Ages 0 - 5 Journey into an adventure when you sit upon the magic rug! We’ll sail the high seas; burrow underground, and soar into the sky. Explore the world with stories, activities, and a craft.

South Branch–Music & Movement Mondays 11:30 ages 3-5  

Join us as we read, sing, dance, and make a simple craft. 

South Branch -Wiggly Wednesday 11:30 ages 0-2 

Bring your baby for stories and stay to play. 

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