By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
Children filled the meeting room of the Boardman library for a story time that was all about dads June 12. Story times are offered weekly at the Boardman branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, and each week has its own theme.
The story time was perfect timing to share stories about dads and to make a craft that could also be a gift. During the hour-long session for families, John Yingling, a Boardman librarian, read books to the children and led the children in finger plays, songs and magnetic board stories.
Reading isn’t the only way to tell a story, Yingling said. He wants the children to realize that reading is fun.
“Reading is the most important thing,” he said. “That’s the basis for so much of your success in school. I’m going to show them how much I love to read, and I hope it’ll be passed on to them through their parents and what I’m doing today.”
After listening to the stories and singing along with Yingling, the children used markers to decorate two paper plates fastened to craft sticks. When they were done, each was given a fluffy red pom pom, the last piece they needed to play a game with Dad.
“The kids love the library programs,” Jodi Gardner said. “We try to come to as many as possible.”
Gardner’s daughters, Hannah and Rachel, enjoyed the Father’s Day theme.
“They had a blast,” Gardner said. “They seemed to really love it. They always love the craft.”
Connie Barker brings her granddaughters, Jamie and Madeline Kagarise, to story time every week.
“The girls love story hour,” she said. While at the library, the trio also chooses books and movies to sign out.
“We really have a wonderful time here every week,” Barker said.