On each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., the atmosphere at Webster County Public Library changes as children and parents come to take part in story time with Ms. Bonnie.
With an average of 15 children, all enjoy a time of music and movement at the beginning of the hour. Last month the children sang “Hokey, Pokey,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “1-2, Buckle My Shoe,” “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” “ABC” and their favorite,” The Wheels on the Bus.”
On Jan. 2, Ms. Bonnie read ”The Biggest Best Snowman,” followed by the making of snowmen from egg cartons. The children used cotton balls, glue, sequins and ribbon to make their own snowman.
On Jan. 9, “The Tacky Penguin” was the story the children listened to and Ms. Bonnie read. White tempera paint and blue construction paper made great mittens as the children placed their hands into the paint and painted their handprints on the paper mitten.
Jan. 16 brought out “ Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?” Ms. Bonnie had puppets for the children to use as they sang “Old McDonald Had a Farm.” After the story, the children made polar bears with paper cups, cotton balls and wiggle eyes.
Ms. Bonnie read “The Rooster Who Lost His Crow” on Jan. 23. Craft time for that day was an eye-hand learning experience since the children with the parents help made necklaces of Fruit Loops cereal and shoestrings. Everyone enjoyed making the necklaces and eating the fruit cereal.
Final story time for January consisted of a book reading of “I Love You, Dragon” which put everyone in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Ms. Bonnie had big white paper hearts that the children and parents decorated with finger paint. Children loved dipping their fingers into the paint and drawing on the hearts.
After each session the children were given the opportunity to reach into Ms Bonnie’s treasure chest to receive a treat.