DALLAS — Beat that old summertime cry of “there’s nothing to do!” by signing up your young child for Summer Story Time. These sessions are a great way to teach children the value of books and learning, while allow them to practice social skills and use their imaginations.
Registration for the Back Mountain Memorial Library’s Summer Story Times begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5.
Children may be signed up by either calling the library at 570-675-1182 or stopping by the library, at 96 Huntsville Road.
All sessions will run for eight weeks beginning the week of June 18 and ending the week of Aug. 13. Story times will not be held the week of the auction. Four sessions are available based on the child’s age.
Children 12 months to 2 years old may attend Toddler Time from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. There will be a short session of stories and songs for approximately 15 minutes. Then children and caregivers can enjoy free play with toys, especially for infants. This session is designed to introduce children to a short structured activity, playing in a group, and the magic of books.
Children 2 to 3 years old can join “Mother Goose on the Loose” from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays. There will be a longer session of stories, songs, and activities for approximately 30 minutes. Basic concept learning such as rhyming, opposites, and colors will be woven into the fun. After the guided activity, there will be open play with Wee Build Manipulatives.
Children 3 to 5 years old may choose between two sessions, 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays or 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Sessions will include more advanced stories based on a weekly theme and include making a craft to help develop fine motor skills. Participants are welcome to stay after the session and play with the Wee Build Manipulatives, use the early literacy computers, and explore the library’s extensive collection of pictures books.
All sessions are free of charge. Caregivers must plan to stay, interact, and enjoy the sessions along with their children.
Otto the Auto, 11 a.m., Friday, June 29, (ideal for children 4-7), featuring the three-foot-tall talking car who teaches children about safety.
Early Readers, 1 p.m., Mondays starting June 18 (No sessions July 2 or July 9) for children who just completed kindergarten or first grade.
Donuts and Discussion, for 9-12 years old, four dates available. Read all books and attend all sessions, and get to add a book to the library collection in the Young Reader’s Honor)
• 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, “The War I Finally Won” by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
• 6 p.m., Monday, July 23, “Chasing Vermeer” by Blue Balliet
• 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6, “Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis
• 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13, “Nuts to You” by Lynne Rae Perkins