storytime-webslide-01Registration for spring Story Time sessions at both locations of Huntington City-Township Public Library.  Various weekly Story Times will be offered to children ages birth – 7 years on Tuesdays & Wednesdays  at the Main Library in Huntington beginning on February 11 & 12.  Children ages 3 – 7 are invited to Story Time sessions at 4:45pm on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library beginning on February 13.

Story Time introduces the child to children’s literature and provides a group experience for the young child, while encouraging listening skills and the development of lifelong reading interests.  The library incorporates the Every Child Ready To Read @ Your Library pre-reading skills into their story time programs.  These six skills that children can start learning from birth are narrative skills, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, print awareness, vocabulary, and print motivation. Story Time also introduces children to many concepts on the list of Indiana’s pre-K (3 – 5 years) Academic Standards, including word recognition, fluency, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, literacy response and analysis, listening, and speaking.

Most of all, Story Time is lots of fun!  Programs will include picture books, rhymes, flannelboard stories, fingerplays, songs, and puppets.  Weekly Story Time themes are featured, with complementary stories, songs and activities offered each week to highlight that week’s chosen theme.

Story Time sessions are offered at no charge, but preregistration is required.  Parents may come to the Library or call to sign their children up for the weekly Story Time session of their choice.  To register for Story Time sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Main Library, call the Children’s Department at 260-356-2900.  To register for Story Time sessions on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library, call 260-758-3332.  The Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington; and the Markle Branch Library is located at 197 East Morse Street in Markle.