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Posted October 15, 2014 in Ankeny, Community Featured

On Oct. 28, Kirkendall Library will hold its annual Halloween event, Trick or Read, from 6-7:30 p.m. This open house-style family event features Halloween stories, crafts, a movie, temporary tattoos, treats and more. Children (and parents) are encouraged to come in their favorite costume and enjoy this festive night of literacy fun.

It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas. On Dec. 11, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting Kirkendall Library from 6-7:30 p.m. Listen to Mrs. Claus as she shares some fun holiday stories, spend time with Santa, and let him know about all of the things you want under the tree, watch a holiday movie and participate in crafts and other activities. The event is open to all ages.

Story time at the library
It’s important for parents to read books out loud to their children and let them explore books on their own. However, bringing children to story time has many advantages as well. Children benefit from hearing another adult read a book to them and from watching other children become engaged in a particular story. Children also learn essential skills to help prepare them for school, such as how to sit for a period of time, how to listen to another adult and how to take turns during an activity. Story time helps children expand their imagination and discover new ideas. It also exposes children to a larger vocabulary and reinforces concepts such as colors, shapes and letters. Story time helps children develop a love of books, which can help make them successful students and great readers.

Have you ever wanted to try story time and just didn’t know which one to attend with your child? Here is a brief description of what’s offered at Kirkendall Library:

Babies & Books: This story time is designed for the youngest book lover. Participants will enjoy rhymes, songs and fun activities to encourage an early love of books and develop language. This story time is offered once a week.

Toddler Story Time: This 15-20 minute theme-based story time is designed for 1- to 3-year-olds and their parents/caregivers. Participants will be engaged in books, rhymes, counting activities and songs. There are multiple opportunities to attend this story time each week.

Preschool Story Time: This 20-25 minute theme-based story time is designed for 3- to 5-year-olds and their parents/caregivers. Participants of this story time will enjoy books, rhymes, counting activities and songs. There are multiple opportunities to attend this story time each week, including Saturday mornings.

Move & Groove: This 25-30 minute movement-based story time is designed for 3- to 6-year-olds who have a good imagination and like to move. Participants will be engaged in stretching exercises, yoga, songs and books. This story time is offered once a week.

Please note that days and times vary for story times. Be sure to check the library’s monthly calendar for the current schedule. Most story times are held in the library meeting room, and registration is not required.

Kirkendall Public Library
1210 N.W. Prairie Ridge Drive
515-965-6460
Hours:
Mon. – Thurs.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday:  2-5 p.m.





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