By Robin Karns
Reading books with kids starts building early literacy skills in young children, which helps them get ready to start school. Parents also benefit from organized story times, like ones offered at Maryland libraries.
Christine Feldmann with the Anne Arundel County Library System, explains: “Early literacy helps prepare kids for school. Story times also teach parents what they need to help their kids be ready for school. The free resources offered frequently can help make these story times part of a family’s life while using the five parts of early literacy, which are, to read, play, write, sing and talk.”
Find out more about how story times benefit babies.
Libraries all over Maryland offer story times for kids of various ages, but most focus on baby, toddler and preschooler story times and often include other activities for parents and children to do together.
Looking for a story time near you? Here are several Maryland library story times for spring 2015, organized by age and location.
Also check your local library branch for more information. Times are subject to change, and events may be cancelled.