Thursday, October 1, 2015

Babytime and Storytime classes have begun - sign up today!

It’s that time of year again. As the older children are busy settling in to a new school year, the younger children are about to begin fun and engaging sessions of Fall Storytime at the Belmont County District Library.   Parents and caretakers of children up to five years old are invited to attend our weekly Storytime and Babytime sessions. These sessions are part of the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library initiative, which promotes the improvement of important literacy skills through activities like talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Each Storytime session will last between 30 minutes and 1 hour and will feature a story, singing, arts and crafts, and some simple activities designed to give children the opportunities they need to be ready to read.


Jenny R. Stoltey has taken over as Youth Services Coordinator for the Belmont County District Library system, and is the new Children’s Librarian at the main location in Martins Ferry. She is excited to share her love of reading with the Storytime Families and is available to address any questions or concerns the public may have. Storytime sessions began at the Martins Ferry location on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Registration is still open for this location, with sessions taking place on Wednesday and Friday at 11:00am. All children between the ages of 2 and 5 are welcome to attend. Babytime with Janet Hill begins on Thursday, September 24th, with sessions being held at 10:00am and 11:00 am weekly. Babytime is offered for children between the ages of 6 months and 2 years old.


Fall Storytime sessions at the Belmont County District Library branch locations are also being offered. Shari Ferda, at the Victoria Read Public Library in Flushing, will hold Storytime on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.  Babytime sessions with Bree Sawyers will be held at Victoria Read on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. for ages 6 months to 24 months. Bethesda’s Storytime sessions, led by Karen Davis, will be held on Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Fridays at 11:00 AM for 2 to 5 year olds. Bree Sawyers will be conducting Baby Bookworms at the Bethesda Public Library for ages 6-24 months on Mondays at 11:15a.m.


Jane Stratton, at the Powhatan Point Public Library, will be conducting Storytime sessions on Fridays at 11:00 starting September 18. Children between the ages 3 and 5 are welcome. Cammie Hanson, at the Bridgeport Public Library, will hold Storytime sessions on Tuesdays at 1:00 PM beginning September, 22. At the Shadyside Public Library, Lisa Millhouse will offer Storytime on Mondays at 4:00pm and Tuesdays at 11:30am starting September 14.


For more information, visit or call 740-633-0314. All programs are free and open to the public.

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