Parent Resources

Storytime Guidelines

Our primary goal is to foster a love of books and reading in children. To make storytime a positive experience for your family as well as others, we request that parents and caregivers follow these guidelines. We appreciate your cooperation, support, and participation!

  • Promptness is greatly appreciated. Interruptions by late arrivals can be distracting to the storytime presenter and other participants. Please plan for extra time for parking, to use the restroom, and to allow your child to get settled. If you do arrive late, please wait for a break between songs or stories to join the group.
  • Toys, food, and drinks are not allowed at storytime.
  • If your child has difficulty in settling down, or becomes upset during the program, please take your child and step out of the room to regroup then return when s/he is ready.
  • Parents should model good audience behavior by sitting with their child and being attentive and participating. Parents are encouraged to participate and show by example how much fun singing, dancing, and being silly can be! There will be time to visit with other adults after the program.
  • If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her home so as not to share germs with the rest of the group.
  • Extend the reading experience by checking out books to share with your child at home. Allow your child to select books before or after story time.

Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. You can help your baby and toddler learn important early literacy skills now to prepare them to learn to read and help develop a lifelong love of reading.

Tips for Sharing Books With Your Child

  1. Set aside a special time each day and read, even if it is for 5 or 10 minutes
  2. Share books when both you and your child are in a good mood
  3. Hold the book so that your child can see the pictures
  4. Encourage your child to interact with the pictures
  5. Reread a favorite story over and over again
  6. Read stories in the language that you are most comfortable speaking

Resources:

Reading Rockets

PBS Kids Raising Readers: Parent & Caregiver Resources

PBS Kids: Between The Lions Parents & Teachers 

U.S. Department of Education- Help My Child Read Reading Resources
NCTE Guideline- Read Together: Parents and Educators Working Together for Literacy