Ascension library sets storytime schedule for fall

Fall Storytime programs begin in October at Ascension Parish libraries.

Through its seasonal Storytime series, the 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.

Four types of Storytimes are offered based on the needs of the developing child.

Lap-sit Storytime 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. A parent or caregiver must attend with the baby. Lap-Sit storytime will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays from Oct. 3 through Nov. 21 in Gonzales, Galvez, and Dutchtown.

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. Toddler Storytime will be held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from Oct. 2 through Nov. 20 at all library locations.

Preschool Storytime focuses on the needs of children ages 3 through 5. These programs feature a 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 Oct. 2 to participate in this series. Preschool Storytime will be held on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. from Oct. 2 through Nov. 20 in Gonzales, Galvez, and Dutchtown.

Bilingual Storytime is for children of all ages who speak Spanish, English or both. This program is an interactive half-hour of stories, songs and fingerplays at which everything will be read in both English and 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. Bilingual Storytime will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, and Nov. 14 at the Gonzales branch.

Registration is required for all Storytime programs.

Parents can register their child in advance by either calling or visiting the library. Call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at (225) 473-8052, in Galvez at (225) 622-3339, or in Dutchtown at (225) 673-8699.