Chris Cooper Managing Editor
December 31, 2013
The children of story time heard their last tale and played their last game at the Logan County Public Library Friday, the building to be more specific. The next time their little feet come to greet Mrs. Carol Ann Faulkner, the library’s Children’s Service Coordinator, they will be running inside the new library to their own room.
The library is moving, which most have already heard, from 6th Street in Russellville to Armory Drive. The new facility will be larger and offer a lot more, says the library board, but for the small ones, well, changes will be big starting with their own space.
Story time is a program that has been offered at the library for over two decades. In fact there has been some type of story time for children at the library even before that. What is great about story time are the lives touched by it along the way, and the skills taught which help children grown in many directions.
“During story time we touch on several different areas that not only build vocabulary and listening skills, but also brings about awareness of a child’s imagination,” said Faulkner, who has been working with children for years. Faulkner began working as the Children’s Service Coordinator because she felt it was a “good fit’ and she loves kids. “This has been a very rewarding position.”
Story time not only teaches children and prepares them for future education; it also helps teach parents as well on how to read to their kids and what books to choose.
“There are times when we have parents that aren’t sure how to read to their children,” said Faulkner, who invites not only little ones, but their moms, dads and grandparents to join in the fun too.
“Story time models to parent on how to read a book to their child, how to become involved in the story, and how to have a conversation about what was read,” Faulkner said. “Reading to your children gives them skills and also supports important bonding. The child can use those skills when entering school. It helps with concentration and socialization.”
Singing songs and rhymes and playing together are all a lot of fun, says Faulkner, but while you are doing it, you are also teaching skills that will be necessary in life.
“I love to see when a new child enters the reading room, they may sit back and look for a while, but then eventually they will jump right in and become involved. It opens up their understanding of so many things,” said Faulkner. “I really enjoy seeing the change from just being in a room with books, to becoming part of this library. I like it when they feel at home in the library, and when they pull books off the shelves. They may bring people into the experience, like a parent, or a friend. It’s magical.”
The new library will open Feb. 3, 2014. Story time hours are on Fridays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Preschoolers are the typical ages for story time, however, sometimes, says Faulkner, older children will come in at the end of the day and sit with their siblings and enjoy it as well. “They become my helpers and assist me. They tend to already know the songs and rhymes, and before they know it, they are involved as well.”