THE PURPOSE OF STORY TIME
Story Time provides children with an introduction to literature and the oral tradition.
An introduction to culture features pictures, musical activities, motor activities, various media, drama, games, and other fun things to experience and do. Children are given a chance before the stories to share experiences and feelings and to receive positive reinforcement.
Children are exposed to the learning situation of being in a group; the sharing, caring relationship with peers that is an important part of the school experience as well as part of “learning to become human.” This also includes being away from parents. We hope that young people learn to love books and become highly motivated to read independently. Parental support is a crucial part of that process.
THE STORY TIME FORMAT
In addition to stories being read or performed from books, many of our Story Times involve various media (such as felt board and tell-and-draw stories); some revolve around a theme, and others fit a pattern of “something old, something new, something to do.”
STORY TIME IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY...
At this time, Story Time is prepared and presented by the Children’s Librarian.
Books and materials are very carefully selected. Although most picture book stories project a moral or lesson, that is not the point, and specific moral values are not emphasized. We aim for the more universal values such as “be a caring person.”
Tigard Public Library participates in Washington County Cooperative Library Services, and some of our storytelling materials come through the cooperative.
LIBRARY SERVICE FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS
Story Time is for children aged 3˝ - 6. Parents may stay with the child the first time if necessary. Registration is not currently required. Parents do not have to stay in the library during Story Time, but pre-schoolers must be attended at all other times.
Occasionally we will have special programs for pre-schoolers or programs open to children of all ages. We also do orientation programs for groups.
The library is limited in the service and materials we can provide to toddlers. We encourage parents to check out our “one red dot” books to read to even the youngest. We also recommend board books and cloth books which are not circulatable, but are available in many local stores.
You may find the following information, from Storytelling for Pre-Schoolers, very useful: “2 year olds love books and to be read to, but most of them are best off on a one to one basis with the reader.
“3 year olds are usually ready for a brief group experience; their average attention span is about 10 minutes. They enjoy recognizing forms, simple stories and rhymes, and they love to ask questions.
“4 year olds can verbalize about the story they just ‘read.’ They enjoy singing and their coordination is improving.
“5 year olds have picked up about 90% of their working vocabulary. They can sit well for a 20—30 minute story time.
“This is generalized information; as you probably know... children are delightfully uncategorizable!”
In our “E,” or “one red dot,” section we have beginning stories, stories without words, alphabet and counting books, and object and concept identification books.
We have a parent’s shelf located in the young people’s room with materials that will help you with children of all ages.
STORY TIME FOR OLDER CHILDREN
In summer of 1982, we had Story Time for school-aged children on Wednesdays at 2:00. We hope to continue this popular program in future summers.