Thursday, September 27, 2012

Toddler Storytime Parent Letter

This is the letter parents, grandparents, and caregivers receive when they attend my Toddler Storytime at the library.

Welcome to Toddler Storytime
at the
Bellevue Public Library!

I am pleased you have joined us for storytime.  Whether you attend every week or sporadically, I hope you will come away having enjoyed sharing stories, songs and activities with me, and with your child! 
Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read.  The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).
At the end of each storytime I will also suggest some free and easy activities that can be enjoyed at home with your child.  While being fun ways to interact and spend time with them, these activities also support the development of your child’s pre-reading skills.
Here are a few tips to help ensure that storytime is fun and beneficial for everyone:
* Whenever possible please sit with your child.  Your child will see you listening and participating and will be more likely to follow your example.
* Please leave snacks, drinks and toys at home or tucked away during storytime.  This will cut down on distractions.
* We are all aware that the toddler years are a very busy, active time, so please feel free to step out of the room if there are tears or your child needs to get settled.  Then hurry back in and rejoin us!
* Your child will benefit from your active participation and attention, so please do not hold personal conversations with other adults during storytime.  Also, if you must take a phone call, please step out of the room to do so.  
* I encourage your participation and enthusiasm during storytime.  So join us in singing along on songs, joining in on rhymes, doing the actions to fingerplays and other activities, and responding to the stories being read!

I invite you to visit my blog ( to see an overview of each week’s storytime, including the words to all our songs, poems, fingerplays and rhyming activities.
                            Mrs. B. (Alice Boeckman)
           Children’s Services Librarian
                Bellevue Public Library
                  Bellevue, Nebraska

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