Benefits of story time with your babies & toddlers shared by Graves-Hume Public Library

MENDOTA – Do you know the benefits of attending story time with your babies and toddlers? Storytime teaches important pre-literacy skills when we read, sing, talk, and play together. Simple things like reading a book together allows children to see how we turn pages and how we read from left to right. So much information can be acquired from this simple act. Reading books allows children to learn about things that they would have no exposure to in their everyday lives. Reading and talking allows children to hear so many words and expand their vocabulary. When people think about literacy, they think about reading and writing, but before they can do those things, they learn about sounds and how we communicate in the world. 

The Shake, Rattle and Read program at Graves-Hume Public Library in Mendota is full of opportunities for children to hear songs, do rhymes, and repeat what they are learning. All these skills help set up a great foundation for reading. One of the goals of story time is also to show parents how to bond with their child through songs, books, and dance. Another benefit of story time is for the parent and child to socialize. It gives parents and caregivers the chance to meet with others in their community and to form bonds and friendships. Children also are also able to interact with other kids and learn new skills by watching and playing with them. Bringing your child to the library helps instill a lifelong love of reading and with the library. 

Shake, Rattle and Read is intended for ages birth to 2 years old, but siblings are always welcome. The library offers two morning sessions and two evening sessions a month. Each program centers around a theme and includes reading of books, singing songs, dancing, and it ends with group play. Each participant also receives a take-home snack and craft at the end of the program.

Upcoming dates are Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 11 a.m.; Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. Library programs are open to all. No library card is required. Please call 815-538-5142 to register