Friday, February 25, 2011

celebrate storytime

March 9th is LitWorld's World Read Aloud Day.  I say LET'S CELEBRATE!

Yesterday I was in Mill Valley with one of my favorite 3 year-olds, and we happened upon a storytime at the Mill Valley Public Library.  The woman leading the storytime was Naima.  Although my 3 year-old friend was intent on reading his favorite dinosaur pop-up book in a quiet corner of the library, Naima's captivating voice kept drawing him in.  My little buddy parted from his beloved book to go see what was happening at storytime: "I'm just going to peek at them.  I'll be right back."  After a couple more "peeks" we ended up ditching the dinosaur book to join in the fun.

Have you checked out the storytimes and other events for kids at your local library?  I've compiled a list of links to storytime schedules in the bay area for your convenience:

San Francisco:
San Francisco Public Library (various branch locations)

San Mateo County Library (various branch locations) 
Burlingame Public Library
Daly City Public Library
Menlo Park Library 
Redwood City Public Library
San Bruno Library

Marin County Free Library (various branch locations)
San Rafael Public Library
Sausalito Public Library
San Anselmo Library
Belvedere-Tiburon Library
Mill Valley Public Library

East Bay:
Contra Costa County Library (various branch locations)

Library storytimes are great for inspiring budding readers and writers.  They're also a good way to make friends in the community.  Check out your local branch to see what's cookin.  And of course, remember to make time for reading aloud to kids in the home and classroom as well.  "Children of all ages love the intimacy of reading with an adult, either one-on-one or with only a few other children." (NAEYC)

Call me crazy, but maybe (just maybe) we can make EVERY day a read-aloud day...

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