By TIM CLEVELAND
On June 11, Boardman library hosted a family story time event for area residents. The event was part of the summer reading program and helps children’s early reading skills. The event had a Father’s Day theme.
Children’s librarians Katherina Matasic and John Yingling read several books and led the children in song. Among the books were “The Daddy Mountain” and “When Dads Don’t Grow Up.” Some of the songs were “Five Handsome Daddies” and “Daddy Loves Me.”
The event proved popular, as more than 50 children and adults attended.
“We’ve been doing story times to enhance literacy and it’s also a great opportunity for the parents to meet other parents,” Matasic said. “It’s a fun thing for the kids to do, but it’s also a great way for them to learn a love of books and overall literacy skills.”
Mary Ann Stoudt of Poland brought her son, Aidan, to the event. She said Aidan and his older brother both enjoy the library and reading.
SDLqHe finished preschool and we wanted to continue with summer reading and encourage early literacy skills,” she said. “It’s nice to be around other kids and let him do some crafts. I have an older son who’s finishing up kindergarten, so it’s nice to be able to have time with him and once my other son is done with school, he’ll be active in a lot of the library programs.”
Mary Ann said programs such as family story time have helped Aidan’s reading skills.
“I think coming here, the librarians read stories helps him learning rhyming skills and recognize story books,” she said. “He’s doing really good. He’s actually has his sounds and letters and can identify a lot of words and sound out little words already. It helps him learn and reinforces what he does now.”
Matasic the programs are not only about developing reading skills, but also about having fun and socializing.
“It’s definitely a chance to come to the library and have fun,” she said. “They get a chance to meet other kids. Some of them, especially if they’re younger than school age, it’s a good chance for them to meet other kids their age. It also gives them a positive experience with coming to the library, so that hopefully they’ll enjoy coming and reading as they grow up.”