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A popular program – Storytime – will return to the library for babies through preschoolers later this month.

Amy McWilliam, Lee County Library System Youth Services coordinator, said storytelling is usually the first introduction to the library. She said that this also serves another purpose, a goal where parents can connect with other parents.

Over the past year and a half this connection has been broken, so parents asked where they can meet other parents with young children. McWilliam essentially said babies first walked into the library when they were one and a half years old.

“We miss our babies and our children so much. It’s really exciting for me to have this connection to new families. “ She said.

The East Lee County Library has Baby Rhyme Time for newborns 18 months and under on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. on August 25 and Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for infants between 18 and 36 months old from August onwards. 24. Caregivers participate in these stories with their children.

The preschool story lesson for children ages 3 to 5 takes place on Thursdays starting August 26th at 10:30 am. Parents are encouraged to let their child take part in this story time independently.

Family Storytime takes place every second Saturday from September 4th at 11 a.m. for all children up to the age of 5 with their caregiver.

Kamara Shonhai, senior librarian at East Lee County Library and director of youth services, said that at any story time, attendees can definitely expect a book or stories that dance, sing, play, and rhyme. She said there will be dancing and social skills development for Baby Rhyme Time, and maybe a book.

As you get older, there will be more exercise and more stories. Family Storytime will include at least one book and plenty of exercise and activity due to the age range.

“We missed our children” said Shonhai. “We are really excited about our storytimes. Personally, I’ll be doing Baby Rhyme Times to work with new babies, mothers and fathers. “

Another program that began in July is Kids Read Down Fines, held every Thursday from 4pm to 5pm at the East Lee County Library and every third Saturday of the month from 1pm to 2pm. This program is intended for children who have their own library card.

“This is an opportunity for children who have fines on their library card to come into the library and read for up to an hour and have those fines waived on their card.” said Shonhai. “It only applies to late fees, not damage or lost material.”

When the summer reading program started in early summer, they definitely saw a lot more people walking through the library, Shonhai said, adding that customers shared their delight that the summer reading program was being brought back to the branches.

“You were ready. The participation is definitely good. We see people every day. New people every day who want to register for the summer reading program “, She said.

McWilliam said before the school opened for the summer, the library distributed 40,000 12-page activity brochures across Lee County’s school district. The booklets contained items such as Mad Libs, crossword puzzles, and a reading log. She said the brochures, which also included information on how to get a free book from a library branch, were perfect for those unable to attend the online version of the summer reading program.

Additional programs are offered system-wide for library visitors.

From August 10th, branches will be offering self-directed programs. These offer on-table crafting activities that people can do themselves when they visit a library branch.

The craft will vary depending on the industry.

Additional programs for children, adolescents and adults start in October. As for the programs, McWilliam said, branches will be left to implement what they see fit.

“It could be a slower start. Our basic programs, bread-and-butter programs, are offered “, she said, like monthly STEM programs for children. “We are very much looking forward to personal activities for children, teenagers and babies and hope that we will soon have opportunities for teenage volunteers again in the library.”

McWilliam said since they didn’t offer personal programming all year long, that budget could buy great kits. Lots of cool new programs for families to follow.

“Stay tuned”, said McWilliam.

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