Storytimes

Fall 2016 Storytime Dates: September 12-December 12

 

Our primary goal is to have FUN!

The following guidelines will help us reach that goal:

PLAY ALONG!

  • We are here to have fun!
  • Stay with your child and join in the activities.
  • Parents, please model good storytime behavior.

DISTRACTIONS

  • If you’re running late, please enter the room quietly.
  • Toys and food should be put away.
  • Phones should be turned off or set on vibrate. Enjoy the moment now instead of taking pictures for later!

THOSE HARD DAYS

  • We all have bad days. If your child gets upset, step out of the room to regroup, then quietly return.
  • If your child is sick, stay home and rest!
  • Be patient if your child wants to observe instead of joining in. It may take a few visits to feel comfortable.
  • If your child is overwhelmed by storytime, consider attending Sensory Story Group, second Saturdays at 11:30am.

STAY AND PLAY

  • After storytime, please stay and enjoy our toys! This is the time to visit with other parents.

BRING BOOKS HOME TOO

  • Checking out books to read or share at home is an important part of the storytime experience.

GROUP VISITS

  • Our storytimes are designed with specific adult/child interactions in mind. For groups of 5 or more children, ask about group storytimes or schedule a special visit!

 


Baby Storytime

Infants to 18 months

Mondays, 10:30 am
YDL-Whittaker

Baby Storytime is focused on developing your baby's pre-literacy skills as well as providing an opportunity for you and baby to spend time with other families. Our goal is to inspire a love for literature in your future reader through songs, stories, movement, rhythm and rhyme. The program will also help your baby develop motor, sensory and social skills as we explore together during playtime. 


Downtown Preschool Storytime

2 to 5 years

Mondays, 10:30am 
YDL-Michigan

Stories, songs, crafts and playtime for little ones!


Superior Preschool Storytime

2 to 5 years

Saturdays, 10:30am
YDL-Superior

Stories, songs, crafts and playtime for little ones!


Toddler Storytime

18 MONTHS-3 YEARS

Mondays, 11:30am
Tuesdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Toddler Storytime is designed to help young children develop fundamental early literacy skills such as shape, color, and number recognition through books, songs, fingerplays, movement, and an occasional craft or sensory activity. Once a month, a digital storytime component will be offered. 


Teriffic Threes

3 YEARS

Wednesdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

Meet at the puppet theater for stories, books, rhymes, games, songs, crafts and the parachute.


Jumpstart Storytime

4 TO 5 YEARS

Wednesdays, 1:30pm
Thursdays, 10:30am
YDL-Whittaker

This storytime focuses on developing a love of learning and soft skills for kindergarten readiness. Younger siblings can enjoy playing nearby with caregivers while the "big kids" sit in the storytime circle. Sessions include a combination of stories, vocabulary building, parachute, rhythm, music, manipulatives, process art, crafts, science and math activities, followed by playtime.

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Starry Night Storytime

FAMILY

Thursdays, 9/29, 11/3, 12/15, 6:30pm, 
YDL-Whittaker

Jump into your pj's and head to the library for an evening of bedtime fun! Let us be a part of your bedtime routine as you join us for sleepy time stories and songs that will surely help prepare you for a night of sweet dreams. 


Sensory Story Group

3 TO 12 YEARS

Second Saturdays, 11:30 am
YDL-Whittaker

Sensory story groups are developed for children who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. Activities include movement activities, arts and crafts, play with accessible toys, songs, rhymes, and stories. Choral reading (when parents and children read along with staff, using extra copies of the same book) will occur at every program. Staff leading the program have attended Adaptive Umbrella Workshops and received other training on working with special needs groups.

Even though the program is designed with children with special needs in mind, the program activities would be engaging and entertaining for the whole family regardless of ability.

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Special Saturday Storytimes

Opportunities for parents and children of all ages to engage in play-based learning together!

Saturdays, 10:30 am
YDL-Whittaker

First Saturdays: World Language Exploration

Listen to stories and songs in another language, followed by a craft from another culture. Experience the diversity of Ypsi!

Second Saturdays: STEM Storytime

Help your child develop a love of science, technology, engineering and math. Hear stories, play games and do experiments together that encourage discovery. 

Third Saturdays: Saturday Morning Fever

Parents and children, hake your sillies out with dancing, rhymes and songs. Shakers and scarves provided.

Fourth Saturdays: Yoga Storytime

Hear great stories and learn simple yoga poses to go with them. Children will build strength, coordination and body awareness as they bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and flutter wings in butterfly! No experience necessary. Mats provided. 

 

Staff Recommendations

The Nameless CityBy Hicks, Faith Erin author, artist.
Kaidu is new to The Nameless City, which his people named Daidu when they conquered it 30 years before. He has come to be trained as a Dao warrior, whether he likes it or not, and to meet his father for the first time. However, the Nameless City is not what Kaidu expected, and when he meets a girl name Rat he begins to question his own people’s control over the city.
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