Story Hour

Story Hour for Preschoolers will begin at the Smith Center Public Library on Wednesday, October 12.  Any four or five-year-old child, not yet in public or home school, is welcome to attend any or all Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.  ECD and preschool students are still eligible to attend.  Children must have turned four years old on or before August 31, 2016.

After twelve years, due to the elimination of block scheduling at the high school, the Parenting Class is no longer available to lead the program.  Sara Bendorf, who is a former kindergarten teacher, will be our leader this year.  Sara recently traveled to the Central Kansas Library System in Great Bend for special training with Patty Collins, Youth Services Consultant, and her assistant, Diane Bott.  While there, Sara had 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. Parents need to do this BEFORE the child’s first day of attendance.  Dates for the fall session are October 12, 19 & 26; November 2, 9, 16 & 30; and December 7 and 14.  As a rule of thumb, if school is cancelled, Story Hour is also cancelled for the day.