Library program combines literacy and exercise

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children at the "Gotta Move Story Time" used a couple props that librarian Mallory Wiand gave them during the program. The used beanbags and sheets of fabric for three songs.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The "Gotta Move Story Time" featured numerous dances and movement activities as well as a story. Pictured, the children at the program sat and listened to the story "Pete the Catand His Four Groovy Buttons“ written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Some of the songs sang or played at the "Gotta Move Story TIme" were classic children's songs, while others focused on specific tasks. Pictured, librarain Mallory Wiand played a song that asked the children to touch two body parts together, such as their nose and their knee, as they worked on their flexibility.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Mallory Wiand led the children through a couple well-known children's songs. They all sang the songs, such as the nursey rhyme "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "The Grand Old Duke of York," and did little motions to go along with the songs. Pictured, they all honked the bus horn during their singing of "The Wheels on the Bus."


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The Austintown library had their weekly "Gotta Move Story Time" on April 5 in the large meeting room. Mallory Wiand led the children in several dances and movements.


Families arrived at the Austintown library for the fun and active “Gotta Move Story Time“ program on April 5.

The children, aged 2-5, danced to numerous songs while following the instructions given by both the songs and librarian Mallory Wiand. The program mixed literacy with activity for the children.

“It gets them active,” said Wiand, “it combines reading and movement, which is good.” She said the group has fun when they have the event. She also tried to keep the children excited for the duration of the program.

Wiand started the program the same way the librarians always do: singing “The More We Get Together.“ They then shook their bodies about during the song “Shake Your Sillies Out.“ Wiand had the children do “The Itsy Bitsy Spider“ while they waited for the next song, which asked them to do multiple different dances.

Wiand turned on the projector for a video of “Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes.“ All the children did the instructions along with the video. After the song, they all sat for a story time video of “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons“ written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.

After the video, they sang and danced to “The Grand Old Duke of York.“ Then, they moved along with a body parts game which asked them to touch two of their body parts together, such as their elbow and knee. The game pushed the flexibility in the children, ending with the children touching their foot to their nose.

Wiand handed out different props for two songs. The children needed beanbags for “The Beanbag Rock“ where they moved their beanbags around in their hands. They also had strips of fabric for two scarf songs, where they twirled the fabric around.

They did another movement heavy song called “Jump, Jump“ where they jumped and spun around. After this, they sat down and sang “The Wheels on the Bus.“ Wiand ended the program with the popular children’s song “If You’re Happy and You Know It.“ Then, she placed a crawl tunnel on the ground for the children to go through and exit the room.

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