For many toddlers, this will be their first group experience. To make it a happy one, we ask your cooperation and assistance in the following ways:
- Only children who are registered may participate. Older or younger children may not be part of this activity. Please make child care arrangements for other siblings. The child’s caregiver must stay next to the child, and interact with them during the program. One child per adult (unless they are twins).
- Attendance is important. Please call if you cannot attend (734) 466-2456 or (734) 466-2493.
- Please plan on arriving early to each session. Toddlers are easily distracted and latecomers become the focus of attention. Please do not enter the Storytime Room until invited by the librarian.
- No eating or drinking is allowed in the library, but is allowed in the atrium.
- Please discuss our storytime with your child before they come, explaining that the librarian will be telling stories, and the child and caregiver will be doing fingerplays, singing, playing with toys and using rhythm instruments.
- Participation is the key, as you and your child are encouraged to sing, hop, etc…. The child will learn correct library behavior from the caregiver and the class. Some activities will also involve the caregiver teaching the child how to act in a group such as learning to take turns.
- A nametag will be provided for your child. Please help your child to put it on before the session starts and to remove it when the session is over. At the end of the trimester, you may keep the nametag and take it home. Please get checked-in at the beginning of each session with the librarian. Each session that has been attended may be marked with a provided sticker on the child’s nametag.
- If your child becomes restless or uncooperative, please take them into the hall for a few minutes to calm down. This helps everyone to concentrate on the activity in progress. If your child’s restlessness persists through the second or third session, please consider pulling out from the program as this might strongly indicate that they are not quite ready for formal structured group sessions.
- Please register at the Circulation Desk for a library card if you do not have one. Plan to check out books, movies, music and Kits for your child. Playing recorded music and looking at books in your home increases sensory awareness and builds children’s self-confidence.
- You will receive a handout each week that lists the books, stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities used in the program. Please review these with your child to the extent that it is comfortable for you. Remember, a toddler thinks anything you do is wonderful!
Our main goal is for everyone to have a good time. With your help, we can develop and nurture your toddler’s love of books, music and the library and the child will learn appropriate behaviors in preparation for pre-school. The library staff will be happy to assist you either before or after the program with selection of books, recordings or other library services.
Thank you, Elizabeth E. Kobe, (“Miss Beth”)
Children’s Department, Livonia Civic Center Library