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If a program requires registration, each child must have (and be registered with) his own card. Age guidelines are posted because programs are planned with specific ages in mind. Registration is available online; if you're unfamiliar with our registration system please visit the Youth Room on or before registration day. We may be unable to assist you on the phone on registration day because we are helping patrons visiting the library. Print or record your confirmation number. Think of it as your ticket, and bring it with you to the program.
Arrive a little early to use the restroom and get ready to participate. Have your confirmation number handy. Your "confirmed" spot will be held only until the program begins. Please be aware that your spot (and program materials) may be given away if you are not on time. Once the program door is closed, please do not enter. During independent programs for older children, parents are to stay in Youth Services. We need to be able to find you quickly if there is a problem or question.
Participate along with your child, they're learning by watching you. That means silencing your phone and taking a break from texting. (And don't be afraid to look ridiculous, your child will love it.) If you need to step out of the program to use the bathroom or to re-group, please re-enter the program quietly when there's a break in the action. Sometimes it just isn't working for a child; don't feel bad if you need to leave and try again the next time.
If you or your child are under the weather, please stay home and rest up. Call the youth desk, 248-650-7140, to let us know you will not be attending. We will look forward to seeing you when everyone is feeling better.
Children must be registered with their own card, and must be within the age range that is specified for each group. You may only register for one group for each session. For example, if you're registered for Music & Me, you cannot be registered for Family Fun, too.
Allow you and your child time to hang up your coats and get ready for storytime. Storytimes start promptly at their scheduled time.
Leave enough time for a trip to the bathroom before storytime begins. Bathroom breaks in the middle of storytime can be very disruptive
Young children like to move and explore, but they should not prevent others from enjoying storytime. If your child becomes disruptive or upset, please take a break outside of the storyroom and return when he/she is calm.
Parent/Caregiver involement in storytime is a great way to model appropriate behaviors. This helps encourage positive behaviors like participation, good listening, following directions, and being respectful of people and things in the story room.
Please silence and put away your cell phones at the beginning of storytime. We appreciate it if you do not record video during storytime.
Your child should leave any personal toys and/or items at home. The library is filled with developmentally appropriate and engaging toys.
Please do not bring snacks to storytime, as this may become a distraction to other children.
Please avoid chatting with other adults during storytime. Our storytimes are for you and your child to learn & enjoy together.
Encourage your child to help clean up any materials and toys used during storytime.
We emphasize literacy in all of our programs, often through playful activities. Children learn through play, so think of this as your 30 minutes a week to pick up fun new activities to try together at home.
Session begins the week of November 12 & lasts for 5 weeks.
Choose one of the following story groups:
On-my-own time for 3-5 year olds. Traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes and play.
For independent walkers up to 35 months & a caregiver; sensory play session with books and songs. So you are able to participate with your child, we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings not of the appropriate age.
For infants not yet walking & a caregiver; traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes & play. So you are able to participate with your child, we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings not of the appropriate age.
For ages birth to 5 with a caregiver. Music based session with books and action rhymes.
For ages birth to 5 with a caregiver. Traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes and play.
For independent walkers up to 35 months with a caregiver; traditional setting with books, songs, action rhymes & play. So you are able to participate with your child, we ask you to please make other arrangements for siblings not of the appropriate age.
For ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver. Physical activities in addition to stories and songs.
On-my-own time for 3-5 year olds. Science-themed session with books and exploration.
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