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Kids are Always ‘Happily Ever After’ at Library Storytimes

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers' storytimes at Memphis Public Libraries are a blast and a learning experience for kids!Children’s stories shouldn’t be confined to bedtime hours. At Memphis Public Libraries, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can enjoy storytime any time of day!

“Storytime captures the imagination,” said Youth Services Librarian Sharon Evrard, who does toddler and preschool storytimes at the Cordova Branch Library. “At our storytimes, we include movies, crafts, songs, puppet shows and even food as we open the world of books, learning and imagination.”

Programs are 20 to 30 minutes of reading, rhyming, songs, and exercises – all of which help to excite young and developing minds. Amy Chinn is a children’s librarian who does baby storytimes at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. “Babies thrive on repetition of patterns, sounds, and experiences. Starting to read to children at birth is ideal. It’s never too early to establish a habit of reading because reading, talking, singing, and playing are stimulating the growth of their brains and forming the building blocks for literacy and future learning,” Chinn said.

“All of this translates into better reading and learning once children get to school,” added Evrard, “and every week we have new families to join the fun!”

A list of storytimes is available on the Library’s website, www.memphislibrary.org, on the Calendar of Events.

For information on storytimes at your local Library, simply call the branch nearest you!