Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Angie, who works with children and families in Children's Services at our Main Library.
Without Exception is a new storytime hosted by Children’s Services at the Main Library. Designed especially for children with special needs and their families, it is held on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of every month between 12:00pm-12:45pm in the Globe Room. This room is located next to Children’s Services, directly inside our Ewing Street and parking garage entrance. A tactile balance beam is laid out at the entrance to Children’s Services which leads children right to the door of the Globe Room.
What Happens at this Storytime?
I like to give families time to get into our storytime space and get settled, so we usually don’t start with our welcoming game and song until about ten minutes after noon. (Of course, there is flexibility on the other end of the program, and I extend our time as needed.) Once children enter the room, they are free to explore the room a bit as the other half of our tactile balance beam is set up. There are also fidget objects to choose from if children want something to hold onto during storytime.
A visual schedule is displayed to help children follow the order of our activities. During the first half of “Without Exception,” we read stories, practice fun rhymes together, sing songs, and move or dance around with scarves and bubbles. Of course, all activities are always optional. We focus on reading two stories during the time we spend together, but the real focus of our program is on the children who attend and their needs. The program is designed to be flexible and as the facilitator, I adjust based on the needs and ages of the children who attend each time.
We spend the last half of our time together participating in a very relaxed playtime atmosphere. Playtime activities vary, but often include sensory boxes, magna-tiles, puzzles, color sorting with pretend vegetables and baskets, or a puppet theater and puppets. This is a great opportunity for children and families to get to know each other.
If this sounds like the kind of storytime your family would enjoy, we're excited to meet you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to tell us more about the needs and interests of your child and children.