Library story time at new times and some with a musical twist

Youth Services Associate Mary Susan Delagrange welcomes children to story time.

Despite being eight months pregnant, Mary Susan Delagrange, youth services associate, navigates the Little Door of the Lee Road Library children’s story time room.

She then leads the children in an enthusiastic welcome song. Clapping, squealing, laughing and even shushing are contagious here. Young bodies inch closer to her knees as she reads.

This is Story Stop, an interactive story time that encourages early literacy, now with new times to better fit the needs of the community.

It will take place at:

Lee Road Library:

  • Mondays: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  
  • Tuesdays: 11 a.m.

Coventry Village and University Heights Libraries:

  • Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.

 Noble Neighborhood Library:

  • Fridays: 10:30 a.m.

Also, Lauren Saeger, youth services librarian, will be starting a new program called Kids in Harmony at the Lee Road library beginning Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

This program will place more emphasis on music-related activities and will incorporate music into the stories that are read.

The goal is to help children understand the concept of a consistent rhythm and to practice pitch matching.

Rather than learning to read a musical score and then translate it into musical notes, this method uses listening and repeating, which is how children learn to speak.

“We don’t learn to read and then talk, so it doesn’t make sense to teach music that way either,” Saeger said. Kids in Harmony will welcome preschoolers, toddlers and even babies.

Heights Libraries is increasing its focus on story time for young children. Look forward to more changes this fall and make it a part of your family’s routine.

Sheryl Banks

Julia Murphy is the marketing assistant at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. 

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 6:14 PM, 10.02.2013