The official first day of autumn is still a few weeks away, but fall programs at Perry Memorial Library are getting started this week.
Youth Services Director Melody Peters said things are shaping up for a wonderful fall at the library – come on in and have some fun!
Mother Goose story time is starting back up after a short end-of-summer break, Children 0-5 are welcome to come hear a few stories, sing a few songs and get some wiggles out, Peters said Tuesday on The Local Skinny!
Before children can read the words on a page, Peters said, they really need to hear the stories read to them.
Children pay attention to the voices as the stories are read aloud, she noted. All the senses are firing in a child’s first two years, so she takes care to choose books that are visually appealing written by diverse authors.
“It’s a fast, full 30 minutes,” Peters said of the weekly story time. “We’re not sitting still for this…we’re goint to have that song and move their bodies,” she said. They “practice” sitting while the stories are being read, but other than that, there’s a good bit of activity.
The story time uses themes and the first one is “On the Farm,” followed by “Apples” and “Fall.”
Story Time is all about “quality, not necessarily quantity,” she said. “You want to leave them wanting more.”
Speaking of more, that’s exactly what teens in grades 6-12 are getting in this season’s Life Hack series, Peters said. To kick things off, there’s STEM gaming fun in the Maker Space in September. From using the popular Wii system to learning about robots, tweens and teens can come together and just get used to coming to the library and using the creative space.
In October, they’ll have a chance to learn about electricity and actually have some hands-on learning by making electric circuits. Peters found a grant to purchase some kits filled with dozens of projects for the teens to learn with.
In November, a local bank representative is going to navigate youth through the ins and outs of personal finance. Although it’s pretty simple to wave your phone in front of a device to pay for something, the time will come when young people will need to be a little more tuned in to paycheck information, bank deposits and checking accounts.
Visit https://www.perrylibrary.org/ to learn about all the programs and services available for children and grownups alike.