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Family story time at the Boardman library

Friday, August 3, 2018

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Children and their families participated in a craft making portion of Family Story time at the Boardman library July 11.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Karen Saunders, the childrens librarian at Boardman library, uses magnetic fish on a chalk board to read "Blue Sea," to the group of children gathered at the Family Story time July 11.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Glenn Barnes, age 2, played bean bag toss at the Family Story time event at the Boardman library July 11.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Shelli Smith helps her daughter, Elizabeth, age 3, create a net out of paper for the project portion of Family Story time at the Boardman library July 11.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarian Karen Saunders read to the group of children gathered at the Family Story time event July 11 at the Boardman library.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarian Karen Saunders read "Way down deep in the deep blue sea," to the group of children gathered at Family Story time July 11.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Karen Saunders, the childrens librarian at Boardman library, uses magnetic fish on a chalk board to read "Blue Sea," to the group of children gathered at the Family Story time July 11.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Lindd Holloway helped her two grandchildren, Luke, age 4, and Phoebe, age 7, create nets out of paper for the project portion of Family Story time July 11 at Boardman park.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

The Boardman libraries twice monthly Family Story time event took place on July 11.

The theme of this week’s event was underwater and more than 20 children and 10 adults were in attendance.

During the story time, Karen Saunders, the children’s librarian at the Boardman branch, read a number of books to the children present.

She said the library always tries to add interactive elements to story time, to help the children stay engaged.

“A main goal of this event is adult mentoring, where we show them different ways to do interactive story telling at home that are actually easy,” Saunders said.

This week, Saunders created a magnetic board using a standing chalk board and felt, along with photos with magnetics on them that went along with stories.

After Saunders read both “Blue Sea,” and “Way down deep in the deep blue sea,” to the group she explained the craft and game that was planned for the day.

This week children were provided paper, scissors, markers and stickers to create an underwater picture.

They then used the scissors with the help of their caregivers to cut it into a net that they glued over the scene.

After the craft the children played bean bag toss. All materials were provided by the Boardman library.

“We like to keep them reading, and make sure it is fun,” Saunders said.

She explained that one of the benefits of the story time is that children are made more comfortable interacting with others and it helps them get over being shy.

“It helps them gain social skills, and get ready for preschool or kindergarten,” Saunders said.

The program usually runs for younger children during the school year, but is opened up to all ages during the summer months.

“We think its really important, its been going on for over 35 years so its always been a staple here at the library,” Saunders said.