A child is never too young to learn to read. Research shows that reading to young children from birth significantly increases their chances of thriving in school. It is through the sharing of books and language that young children develop the reading skills needed to be ready to read. Through its seasonal storytime series, Ascension Parish Library introduces young children to letters, words, and sounds through a variety of fun-filled programs designed to help foster early literacy skills. Join us in spring, summer, and fall, and we will help your little one learn to love books and reading!
Five types of storytimes are offered based on the needs of the developing child. The dates for our 2016 Storytime Series are listed at the bottom of the page.
Babytime focuses on the needs of babies from birth through crawling. It introduces simple rhymes, songs, and books to stimulate babies with rhythmic language and sensory stimuli. These storytimes are fast paced and energetic to keep babies amused. A parent or caregiver must attend with their baby.
Toddler Storytime focuses on the needs of young children from walking through age 2. It introduces new words and ideas to the learning child through simple books, rhymes, and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend with their child. This fosters a fun, positive learning environment for the child while allowing parents the opportunity to pick up great tips and techniques on reading to young children.
Preschool Storytime focuses on the needs of children ages 3 through 5. These storytimes are an exciting half-hour of stories, songs, poetry, and active play. Preschool children attend these sessions without the assistance of an adult to help foster the preschooler’s growing need for independence. A preschool child must reach the age of 3 by the date of the first session in order to participate in this series.
Bilingual Storytime is for children of all ages who speak Spanish, English, or both. These storytimes are an interactive half-hour of stories, songs, and fingerplays at which everything will be read in both English and in Spanish. This will introduce Spanish speakers to the English language and introduce English speakers to the Spanish language. Parents are invited to attend Bilingual Storytime with their children.
Pajama Storytime is designed for children ages 7 and younger and their families, but all ages are welcome. These storytimes are an interactive half-hour of stories, songs, fingerplays, and games and are designed to get the whole family involved. The story portion of the program is followed by a craft. Younger children may need assistance from a parent or older sibling to complete the craft.
Babytime will be held on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. from February 9 through March 30 in Gonzales and Dutchtown.
Toddler Storytime will be held on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. from February 8 through March 29 in Donaldsonville, Gonzales, and Dutchtown.
Preschool Storytime will be held on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. from February 8 through March 29 in Gonzales and Dutchtown.
Bilingual Storytime will be held at 11:00 a.m. in Gonzales on February 9 and 23, and March 9 and 23.
Pajama Storytime is held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in Donaldsonville & Dutchtown and on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM in Gonzales.