Helensville Library will be making a fresh start to their storytime sessionsaimed at under6s.
From 7 February, the library will offer three sessions at week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, all 10.30am-11am.
Although the sessions are at the same old time, and with the same old name, the focus has changed.
The sessions will focus on rhymes and stories which encourage pre-literacy and school readiness skills.
The sessions will be adapted and adjusted to suit whatever the audience needs on the day, although there will be a structure in place.
The tweaks are due to the changing nature of the existing audience, and feedback from parents and caregivers.
Any child can benefit from attending library storytimes. Benefits include:
• Increased vocabulary
• Better listening skills
• Increased ability to sit still
• Learning how to pay attention to an adult (other than a parent)
• Learning how to take turns
• Increased attention span
• Increased word recognition
• Exposure to new ideas
Parents can also benefit from coming to storytime, and joining in. Benefits for parents include:
• learning new songs and rhymes to use at home
• learning new oral reading skills, as modelled by library staff
• meeting and spending time with other parents /caregivers
• time outside the home – a free activity you and your children can enjoy together
Any questions or feedback? Feel free to contact the library. We look forward to seeing you at a session (or more) soon:
Helensville Library storytime sessions for 2017: