Summer Early Literacy Program at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library - City of Yukon

Summer Early Literacy Program at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library

Posted by City of Yukon on 05/31/2017

The Mabel C. Fry Public Library, located at 1200 Lakeshore Dr., is building up to its dynamic early literacy summer program, Build a Better World! This summer, starting June 1, the library is pleased to offer an early literacy summer reading program that gives parents and children, birth to kindergarten, the opportunity to work together to develop and enhance children’s pre-literacy skills. Sign-ups begin June 1. Baby Story Fun and Preschool Storytime take place Mondays and Wednesdays from June 5 to July 31.

Parents that sign up for this program receive a log with a list of rewarding activities to complete with their children during the summer of 2017. Starting July 17 through July 31, parents may return their completed log for a prize. To register for the early literacy summer reading program, please stop by the library on or after June 1.

The motivated and hardworking library staff offer both Baby Story Fun and Preschool Storytime sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. Early literacy skills are always incorporated into all storytime sessions.  These skills help prepare children for reading and help get them ready for Kindergarten. 

“Summer programs for children, birth through Pre-K, are about introducing and reinforcing the early literacy skills all children need to succeed in school,” stated Stephanie Askeland, Children’s Programmer. “Also, through everything from silly scarf play and puppets to storytelling and songs, storytimes allow for caregivers to bond with their children in a rich and positive setting.”

Beginning June 5, the library offers two sessions of Baby Story Fun on Mondays and one on Wednesdays. Monday sessions for children from birth through one and a half years take place from 10:00am to 10:20am, and Monday sessions for toddlers one-and-a-half years old to not yet 3 years takes place from 10:40am to 11:00am.  On Wednesdays, there is one combined Baby Story Fun for birth through not yet 3 years old from 10:40am to 11:00am. These storytimes are high-energy and interactive; perfect for your spirited child!  Traditional songs and rhymes, excellent stories, scarf play and more are provided in a nurturing environment. Children attending Baby Story Fun must be accompanied by a caregiver.  Older siblings are welcome to attend Baby Story Fun, but we ask they bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal so they can participate in all the activities along with their caregiver and younger sibling.

Pre-school Storytime for children 3 years old to those who have not yet gone to Kindergarten will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30am to 12:15pm, starting June 5.  Share songs, spirited stories, inspired crafts, and more in a friendly, welcoming environment! Children must attend Preschool Storytime without a caregiver; this fosters independence and helps prepare them for school.

Participants do not have to sign up for the Summer Reading Program to attend storytimes. However, a one-time registration is required for all storytime programs, so attendees can be notified if a session is cancelled.  Please register online at www.mabelcfrypubliclibrary.com.  Click on Programs for easy registration.  Families who do not have internet access can register by calling or visiting the library at 1200 Lakeshore Drive.  For more information or help with registration, please call the library at 354-8232.

Children’s activities at the Mabel C. Fry Public Library are some of Yukon’s best programs. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do.  To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.gov or call 405-354-8232.