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A story time

MOOERS - Many local libraries take part in children's story time - to encourage younger generations to read. However, one library is extending story time to a larger age group.

The Friends of the Mooers Library will have Intergenerational Story Time at the Watson Memorial Senior Housing, 2448 U.S. Route 11, next Saturday, May 22, at 1:30 p.m.

"Our focus was to try to involve more of the community," explained Friends member Tracy Myers. "Since we have the senior housing center ... and they have a large central room, we decided that would kind of take the library to them."

Myers said one of the main goals was to encourage younger children and their parents to attend the story time to get into an active discussion with the seniors.

"We have a selection of books," Myers said. "Some that we consider kind of like classics that some of the seniors may have actually read to their children or grandchildren."

Some of the classics include "Good Night Moon," "Stone Soup," and "Curious George."

The Friends will also bring contemporary story books as a way to generate conversation, including "The Principal's New Clothes," and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom."

Myers said she will introduce a book, with the hopes of stimulating conversation.

"If nothing seems to be happening then I'll start reading the books," she said. "I'm going to be asking questions throughout, trying to get seniors to maybe share stories that they can remember and usually kids like to speak up."

For more information about the Intergenerational Story Time, contact the Mooers Free Library at 236-7744.

"Come meet the seniors that are living right here in your community," Myers said. "Learn something or share the past of memories."

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