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Winter / Spring 2013 Preschool Storytime Schedule

Raise a Reader!

Winter / Spring session: Monday, Jan. 7 – Saturday, March 16, 2013

Our age appropriate storytimes are designed to help you to help your child learn reading readiness, or Early Literacy.

No registration required; attendance is first-come, first-served until seating capacity is reached.  Call 703-228-5946 for more information.

Download and Print the Winter/Spring 2013 Storytime Schedule


Baby Steps (0-12 months)

Baby Steps is a storytime program for babies 0-12 months and an accompanying adult which focuses on songs, nursery rhymes, and various manipulatives to introduce babies to the joys of both language and literature.

Under Twos (0-24 months)

This drop-in program is for children ages two and under and accompanying adults. Singing, dancing, clapping to nursery rhymes and simple stories will introduce young children to the joys of language and literature. We encourage full and active participation of the accompanying adults.

Over Twos (25 months – 5 years)

This drop-in program is for children ages two to five and accompanying adults. Read-aloud techniques, songs, fingerplays, puppets, and flannel board tales will introduce children to listening skills, picture books, the library, and the joy of reading. We encourage full and active participation of the accompanying adults.

Stop in for Stories (0-5 years)

A drop-in storytime program for preschool children of all ages and accompanying adults. This fun and interactive program combines activities such as read-aloud stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and flannel boards and introduces children to listening skills, picture books, the library, and the joy of reading. We encourage full and active participation of accompanying adults.

Cuentos Para Niños/ Stories for Children (0-5 years)

Cuentos para niños / Stories for Children es un programa para todas las edades. Lectura de cuentos, canciones y manualidades. No se requiere registro.
Cuentos para niños / Stories for Children is a bilingual storytime for children of all ages, which uses a mixture of stories, songs and crafts.

Family Storytime

A program for families with children of any age to enjoy together. This fun and interactive program combines activities such as read-aloud stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and flannel boards and introduces children to listening skills, picture books, the library, and the joy of reading. Families are encouraged to participate together and to borrow related materials to enjoy at home.

 

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  1. Kathleen says:

    I have been attending the Spanish Story Time, Cuentos Para Ninos with my child. It is a a fun, interactive class. However, the women who leads this class switches between English and Spanish as she reads and sings songs. During some stories and songs she speaks more English than Spanish.

    As story time and singing in Spanish is an authentic way for children to learn Spanish, it would be wonderful if she just read and sang in Spanish!

    (Also, all well respected language research says that ongoing translation does not support language acquisition)

    Please consider reading and singing in Spanish only!

  2. The Librarians says:

    Kathleen,

    We adjust our storytime formats on a regular basis, in order to offer the best overall schedule for our audience as a whole. Unfortunately, at the moment we are not able to offer a Spanish-only storytime.

    Because the Spanish storytime is drop-in, our audience regularly includes both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking children of all ages, and their families – some of whom don’t realize they’re attending a Spanish storytime until is starts. For this reason, we use Spanish-language picture books or bilingual books, sticking primarily to Spanish, but adding a sprinkling of English words to help Spanish learners easily follow the story.

    More specifically, we draw from two bilingual storytime formats:

    Dominant Language: The book is read predominantly in one language with key words or phrases repeated in other language. This format works very well when the audience is not fluent in the second language, but is willing to learn key words or phrases.

    Code Switching: The book is presented by switching from one language to the other while still maintaining the grammatical consistency of both languages. This format works best with one bilingual reader comfortable switching languages back and forth, as well as the older kids who come to storytime.

  3. Ginny says:

    Is this schedule still accurate beyond March 16? I don’t see a new one published. Thank you!

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