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Tips to Prepare for Storytime at the Keene Public Library

Arrive on time.

blue bullet  Try to arrive on time. Although late comers are welcome to enter, their arrival is distracting. To get the most out of our short time with your child, it is especially important for you to be on time.

blue bullet  If possible, allow time to remove outerwear and use the bathroom.

We invite you to stay with your child and participate in the storytime.

blue bullet  Help your child see that you value reading by participating in storytime.

blue bullet  Please be careful of side convesations. 

blue bullet  Make sure that you turn off your cell phone before enjoying storytime.

blue bullet  We require that you stay in the building during storytime. Children feel more comfortable if they know that we can readily locate the adult who came with them.

Discuss Storytime Manners.

blue bullet  For many children, this is their first group experience, and it is important that they know what is expected beforehand. Explain the importance of sitting quietly and not talking to or touching other children during stories and videos.

blue bullet  Our storytimes are designed to be developmentally appropriate. To keep your child’s attention, we counter quiet listening time with active rhymes and activities. Encourage your child to participate in these songs, games, and fingerplays. In addition, if you attend storytime with your child, we expect you to be attentive. Be a role model and join your child in doing the fingerplays, singing the songs, and listening to stories.

Share Books and Stories at Home.

blue bullet  Be an active listener as your child shares the stories and activities they heard in storytime.

blue bullet  If your child is particularly interested in a book that was read at storytime, we suggest you check it out to read at home.

blue bullet  Having a card is not a requirement for storytime attendance.  However, you may find that you would like to have a library card for yourself or even for your child.  Free library cards are available for Keene residents of any age.

blue bullet  If another child has chosen the book your child wants, please feel free to put a “hold” on the book, so that we can notify you when it is returned.  A Youth Librarian can help you do this or you can do it yourself from your home computer.