NORTH CREEK Do you have a young child who likes listening to stories and participating in creative activities? If you do, you may be interested in the story hour hosted by the Town of Johnsburg Library in North Creek.
Story Hour started several months ago and is a weekly program held Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. It is specifically aimed at children ages 2 to 5 but is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Children can hear stories, sing, play games, participate in learning activities and gain a general appreciation for books and their local library.
Last week, library clerk Mary Robertson kicked off story hour by rounding up her charges on a special story time carpet where the group sang about names, colors, and five little mice on the pantry floor. Then there were some hand exercises to get the wiggles out, jumping and hand clapping, and books read about shapes and the noises that different animals make. Next, it was off to the activity mat where the group worked on a shapes project, coloring and gluing paper shapes to fit into a picture.
Robertson said she hopes that more parents will bring their children to story hour.
The kids are really great, she said, Once they get used to it they really open up. They even sing with me!
And theres something for every kid at the library during story time. Maria Ordway, who is 4 years old and attends Cheerful Crickets Nursery School, likes reading books about Dora the Explorer. Clayton Schmale, also a 4-year-old Cheerful Crickets student, says that he likes picking out movies, playing on the computer and coloring.
Those who want to come to story hour need only show up, and parents are always welcome. The library would love to have more children participate in story hour and are encouraging all who would like to participate to join the group.