It is more than just reading. It's about preparing our kids for their future.
Early Literacy Skills
Early literacy refers to the development of skills children need in order to transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. These skills include vocabulary, phonics, language and numeracy. Early literacy gives students the foundation they need in order to learn and grow. StoryTimes are designed to introduce and practice these skills not only through reading, but fingerplays, manipulatives and songs as well. Our StoryTime sessions are for children 0-5 years old.
1,000 Things Before Kindergarten
Reading, writing, singing, playing and talking with your child helps young brains develop like little muscles, getting bigger and stronger the more you and your family interact with your child. We have created a challenge for you and your family based upon the five basic pillars of parenting. The Basics are five fun, simple, and powerful ways to help all our children aged 0-5 grow to be happy and smart. Each StoryTime will highlight ways to incorporate the Five Basics into daily life and earning you free books along the way.
Tactile Learning Experiences
Like Montessori education, tactile learning uses hands-on activities that employ learning through the senses, particularly the sense of touch. Using manipulatives, such as flannel boards and puppets, StoryTime children will learn about the world around them.
StoryTime begins at 10:30 AM
Each themed StoryTime will have a selection of books, songs, and activities and will end with a tactile activity for your child to do and take home a finished product. Can't make it to StoryTime? Select the "Follow Along at Home" tab to download the matrix or select the "Weekly Craft" tab to download a craft that you can do at home.
StoryTime schedule: September 5 - December 17
|Blue Ridge Library: Tuesdays, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM|
|Eagle Rock Library: Wednesdays, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM|
|Fincastle Library: Thursdays, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM|
|Buchanan Library: Fridays, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM|
Click on a letter to see a list of books we will read in StoryTime, along with lyrics to the songs we perform and interactive boards you can create at home to extend the lesson.
Follow Along at Home
|Fall at the Beach|
|Fall in the City|
|Fall in the Desert|
|Fall Holiday Baking|
|Mountains and Forests|
Every week our storytellers have carefully crafted a hands-on activity to extend the lesson. Stop by any Botetourt County Library branch to pick up your kit while supplies last. Can't make it to the library? Click on the title of the craft to access a printable PDF with instructions and a template.
Download the weekly StoryTime craft
|Autumn Handprint Pumpkin|
|Summer Pool Noodle Boats|
|Thankful Turkey Box|