Austintown Library Story time uses classic rhymes to teach


Brady Will (front) worked with his grandmother, Georgetta Will, to create a colorful butterfly craft using a cut out and tissue paper March 6.


Librarian Nikki Puhalla read "A Color of His Own" by Leo Lionni, a story about a chameleon that wished he had one color to call his own like the other animals in the wild, March 6.


Mia Haggerty waved during the stretching and dancing portion of the story time for 4- and 5-year-olds at the Austintown library March 6.


Dominic Delucia held up a blue heart during a counting activity that encouraged color recognition at the Austintown library March 6.


Nikki Puhalla, a librarian at the Ausintown library, did a counting activity using colorful fish during the story time for 4- and 5-year-olds March 6.


Austintown librarian Madline Dunchak hosted a story time for children 6-23 months on March 4 that focused on many of the classic rhymes parents and grandparents grew up with at the library.

Caregivers at the event repeated the familiar rhymes with movements with their children. Some of the classic rhymes used were “Hickory Dickory Dock,” “Hey Diddle Diddle,” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” “Hey Diddle Diddle” was a favorite because Dunchak combined the rhyme with props on a magnetic board to bring the story to life.

Dunchak also read several books, including “That’s Not My Bunny” by Fiona Watt, which was a touch-and-feel book. Touch-and-feel books allow children to be able to begin to associate words with feelings, like rough or soft.

Other rhymes performed at the story time were “Three Little Bunnies,” “Two Little Blackbirds,” and “Put Your Fingers In the Air,” which was a rhyme that encouraged association of words with names of body parts.

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