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The Keene Public Library resumes its Storytime program for children six-years-of-age and younger. Programs will emphasize five early practices that help every child get ready to read, listen, and write. These practices include Talking, Writing, Reading, Playing, and Singing. Classes begin the week of March 20, 2017, and they end the week of May 12, 2017. You can call 603-352-0157, visit our online calendar or stop by to register for one of these programs:

blue bullet PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. or Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. 
blue bullet LAPSIT TIME for Babies & Caregivers: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
blue bullet TODDLER and TWO-TIMES: Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The Keene Public Library has been conducting regular preschool story times since the 1960’s, and toddler and baby programs since the 1990’s. Today our storytimes follow the guidelines of The Every Child Ready to Read® Project, a joint program of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. The is research bases and focuses on the importance of the parent’s role in young children’s early literacy skills.

New reading research defines six skills that children must know before they can learn to read.  Recently, the Keene Public Library restructured storytimes to help parents and young children as they learn these skills, which are:

blue bullet Print Motivation – a child’s interest and enjoyment of books
blue bullet Phonological Awareness – the ability to hear and play with smaller sounds of words
blue bullet Narrative Skills – the ability to describe things and events, and to tell stories
blue bullet Letter Knowledge – learning to name letters, knowing their sounds, and recognizing them everywhere
blue bullet Print Awareness – noticing print, knowing how to handle a book, and to follow words on a page
blue bullet Vocabulary – knowing the names of things

Children who have these skills enter kindergarten ready to have a more successful learning experience.

Storytimes at the Keene Public Library are intentionally divided into specific age groups. Lapsit Time for Babies and Caregivers is for children ages 0-12 months and is designed to provide the parents with an opportunity to talk and read with their baby. Toddler and Two-Times, for children ages 13 months-36 months, is designed to stimulate the minds of very busy little people with short attention spans. Preschool Storytime is for children age 3—age 5. Preschoolers have the ability to sit and listen, follow a complex story line, and love to participate in the story. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to use these programs as an opportunity to develop children's' listening and cooperative skills. The library has a few tips that can help make Keene Public Library Storytimes more fun and rewarding. But the most important thing to remember is that no matter what library storytimes will be fun and focus on early literacy!

In addition to storytime series that require registration, the Keene Public Library offers a multi-age drop-in story program at 10 a.m. each Saturday that the library is open. The Saturday storytime programs are perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.

Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required for Preschool Storytime, Toddler and Two-times, and Lapsit Time. Interested parents and caregivers should call the Keene Public Library at 603-352-0157 to register and for further information about family and youth programs. Families can also register through the library's online calendar of events.