Books in summer | The Dakotan

MINOT – While summer can be a great time to get out and enjoy the warm weather while it’s here, many Minot kids have enjoyed listening to and reading books on the warm days.

The Minot Public Library wrapped up its final story hour for young children on Wednesday with books read, songs sung, musical eggs shaken and scarves twirled by young children.

Janet Anderson, library manager, said storytime will resume on September 12 with the library’s fall program, which includes activities for different age groups every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

An activity called the Lap Sit Story Time program is scheduled on Wednesdays for very young children aged zero to three and their caregivers.

“They do short stories and songs,” Anderson said. “The whole point is to start introducing the youngest to the library and to reading and to associate it with a friendly atmosphere. It helps these young children practice trying to sit still and follow along, but we understand that they can’t sit still for a very long time.

A program called Smart Start is planned for Tuesdays, which will cater to children aged two to five with a carer.

“They’re doing stories and fun things, but they’re also starting to work on activities,” Anderson said. “Like the skills they would need to go to kindergarten. A lot of it is letter or number identification or cutting skills. Just being able to use scissors is a huge thing. It’s one of those things you don’t always think about.

The Maker Monday program on Mondays is for children between the ages of approximately three and six who are unaccompanied by a caregiver.

“There they have their own special story hour and they can create a project,” Anderson explained. “So they can show their parents or grandparents what they’ve done. The parents don’t go into the room, which is good for them because they have half an hour break to sit down and read or look up something they want to do, or just visit without being interrupted by the kids.”

The library holds story time on Saturdays once a month for the whole family of all ages called Family Story Time.

“We always have a special guest to help tell the story,” Anderson said. “We had police, firefighters. We brought in a baker, a doctor.

Anderson said the library is busier in the summer.

More information about upcoming Minot Public Library events can be found on its website.

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