Spring Story Times for preschoolers begin next week at libraries in Huntington and Markle

Registration is open for spring Story Time sessions at both locations of Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Various weekly Story Times will be offered to children ages birth to 7 years on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Main Library in Huntington beginning on Feb. 11 and 12.

Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to Story Time sessions at 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library beginning Feb. 13.

Story Time introduces the child to children's literature and provides a group experience for the young child, while encouraging listening skills and the development of lifelong reading interests.

The library incorporates the Every Child Ready To Read @ Your Library pre-reading skills into their story time programs. These six skills that children can start learning from birth are narrative skills, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, print awareness, vocabulary and print motivation.

Story Time also introduces children to many concepts on the list of Indiana's pre-K (3 to 5 years) Academic Standards, including word recognition, fluency, vocabulary development, reading comprehension, literacy response and analysis, listening and speaking.

Programs will include picture books, rhymes, flannel board stories, finger plays, songs and puppets. Weekly Story Time themes are featured, with complementary stories, songs and activities offered each week to highlight that week's chosen theme.

Story Time sessions are offered at no charge, but preregistration is required. Parents may come to the library or call to sign their children up for the weekly session of their choice. To register for Story Time sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Main Library, call the Children's Department at 356-2900. To register for Story Time sessions on Thursdays at the Markle Branch Library, call 758-3332.

The Main Library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington and the Markle Branch Library is located at 197 E. Morse St. in Markle.