Winter is here…so bundle up your pre-school age kids and head over to your local Kitsap Regional Library location for some great stories, rhymes, finger plays, and songs presented by your friendly children’s librarian! We children’s librarians always talk about the importance of developing early literacy skills and building school readiness. The latest research shows that children who participate in storytimes have increased language knowledge and fine motor skills, which leads to greater academic success later in life. (If you want to know about the specific research, I recommend this recent article on library storytime from The New York Times or for an academic account, the VIEWS2 white paper.)

Through a librarian’s modeling and active instruction during storytimes, children can begin to comprehend stories and become aware of printed words. Flannel boards, rhymes, and songs can increase their vocabulary and help them understand the parts of words in language. Finger plays work on fine motor skills children will need later for writing and typing. Most importantly, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers who grow up with books around them are more motivated to read.

Here at Kitsap Regional Library, each snazzy children librarian adds their own flair to storytimes, whether they sing songs, play an instrument, or even bring a dog named Jangle. We offer storytimes almost every day of the week! Some focus specifically on babies 0-18 months, taking their developmental abilities into account by including more songs and lap sit rhymes than long, complicated stories. Toddler storytimes have more movement and preschool storytimes include a greater focus on print awareness and comprehension. Family storytime includes a little bit of everything, welcoming participants’ ages 0-6. Storytimes have something for everyone—even parents and caregivers can learn finger plays to do with their children at home.

Here is a roundup of the storytimes at each library location this winter, with many of them starting this week.

Bainbridge Island:

  • Baby: Tuesdays, 12:30-1pm & 1-1:30pm
  • Toddler: Mondays, 10:30-11am
  • Preschool: Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am

Downtown Bremerton:

  • Family: Tuesdays, 10:30am

Kingston:

  • Family: Mondays, 10:30-11am

Little Boston:

  • Family: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am

Manchester:

  • Family: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am

Port Orchard:

  • Baby: Fridays, 10-10:45am
  • Toddler: Fridays, 11-11:45am
  • Preschool: Fridays, 12-12:45pm

Poulsbo:

  • Baby: Tuesdays, 1pm
  • Toddler: Wednesdays, 10:30-11am & 11:30-12pm
  • Preschool: Tuesdays, 10:30-11am & 11:30-12pm
  • Pajama: Mondays, 6:30-7pm

Silverdale:

  • Baby: Tuesdays, 10-10:45am
  • Toddler: Tuesdays, 10:45-11:30am
  • Family with Jangle: Tuesdays, 11:45-12:15pm

Sylvan Way:

  • Baby: Wednesdays, 10-10:30am
  • Toddler: Wednesdays, 10:45-11:15am
  • Preschool: Wednesdays, 11:30am-12pm
  • Family: Fridays, 10:30-11am

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