Busy parents have found it increasingly difficult to find time to take their young kids to the public library. In response, College Station’s Larry J. Ringer Library has added two Monday nights and two Saturday mornings to our monthly story time schedule. We used these hours with great success in the fall.
Last spring, we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a Monday night story time. I broke out my favorite Cat in the Hat costume for the occasion (right), which seemed to be a big hit not only with the kids, but also their parents, grandparents and older siblings.
We also completed our first year of quarterly puppet shows on Saturday mornings, which turned a slow time in the library into a lively, well-attended one. The program was such a tremendous success that we added puppet shows to this year’s calendar for January, March, July and October.
Those experiments helped us realize that we could better use these time periods to attract more people to the library. Parents who take advantage of these opportunities will help their children develop a love for reading through stories, music, dance and easy crafts.
The College Station Parks and Recreation Spring Guide describes our activities in more detail, and you can check the monthly calendar at bcslibrary.org for dates. This spring we have kite building, puppet shows, book clubs, and origami planned for all ages.
We encourage you to call us at 979.764.3416 if you need additional information. We hope to see you soon at the Ringer Library!