Story time sessions begin the week of Feb. 22 at Huntington and Markle libraries

Story Time sessions begin the week of Feb. 22 at both locations of the Huntington City-Township/-Markle Public Library.

The weekly story time sessions are open to children from birth through 7 years at the main library in Huntington.

Those sessions are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 23 and 24.

Children ages 2 through 7 may attend story time sessions at the Markle branch library, which are held on Thursdays beginning on Feb. 25.

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 the 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.

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

This program is offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required.

Parents may come to the library or call to sign their children up for the weekly story time session of their choice.

Call the main library at 356-2900, or the Markle Branch at 758-3332.

The main library is located at 200 W. Market St., Huntington; and the Markle Branch Library is located at 197 E. Morse St. in Markle.