By NATALIE SCOTT
The Austintown library hosted a story time for 4- and 5-year-olds that focused on print awareness and discovery March 27 in its children’s room.
Print awareness helps children realize that the words on a page have meaning related to the story. The theme of the story time, led by librarian Hayley McEwing, was feathered friends.
McEwing began the event by reading “Little Black Crow” by Chris Raschka. This book is made entirely out of questions that center around a day in a little black crow’s life. Other books read at the story time included “I See a Kookaburra!” by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page, which is an “I Spy” style book based in the forest or eastern Australia, and “Feathers For Lunch” by Lois Ehlert, which told the story of a cat trying to hunt birds outside of its home to eat for lunch, but because of the bell around its collar the cat is unable to catch them. During “Feathers For Lunch,” children were given bells to ring every time the cat’s collar jingled.
McEwing also led children through several activities that the story time, including dancing to “Kookaburra” by The Learning Station, watching a video of a real kookaburra to hear the noise that it makes in the wild, and dancing with scarves to the song “Thanks A Lot” by Raffi.
The story time ended with an option for the craft. Children could choose to either color a picture of a bird or make stick puppets to play with.