Story Hour for Preschoolers will begin at the Smith Center Public Library on Tuesday, October 3. Any four or five-year-old child, not yet in public or home school, is welcome to attend any or all Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. ECD and preschool students are still eligible to attend. Children must have turned four years old on or before August 31, 2017.
Jenny Carr will be the Story Hour Director this year. Patty Collins, Youth Services Consultant for the Central Kansas Library System, and her assistant, Diane Bott, are assisting and training Jenny in the art of story time for preschoolers. Her training in Great Bend will give her hands-on access to many of the storytelling resources available to libraries within the CKL System.
The Story Hour children will participate in a variety of activities throughout the school year including, stories, songs, puppets, flannelboard stories, fingerplays, games and crafts. Because of “messy” activities, parents are reminded that the children should wear play clothes.
Each preschooler needs a large backpack (preferred) or a large book bag which can hold oversized books. The child’s FIRST NAME and LAST INITIAL need to be clearly marked on the OUTSIDE. This will make it easier for the staff and volunteers to make sure each child gets home with borrowed books and other activity projects of the day. If parents have a concern over their child’s name being visible on the backpack, the name can be written on the side which faces the child when the backpack is being worn. Please send the bag with the child each week.
Depending upon whether the child has or has not attended Story Hour previously, one or two forms will need to be filled out by a parent or legal guardian for each child. In order to have enough supplies prepared for each child, parents need to turn in all forms no later than the Friday BEFORE the child’s first day of attendance on Tuesday. Dates for the fall session are October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; November 7, 14, 21 and 28; and December 5. As a rule of thumb, if school is cancelled, Story Hour is also cancelled for the day.