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January 16, 2014

Library has great children's program

Think of all the books that made an impression on you when you were a little kid. Whether it’s The Cat in the Hat, The Five Chinese Brothers, or Make Way for Ducklings, there are always children’s classics that stay with you for the rest of your life. It’s a rite of passage that all kids should experience. Children’s books open up our imaginations, educate us, and provide us with an introduction to how reading can enrich our lives.

Even as parents we do not lose our love of children’s books. If we’re not re-reading the classics to our own kids, we’re experiencing the newer ones that enrapture us even more. A simple-minded story such as Good Night Moon or a tender one like Love You Forever motivates you to continue exploring the wonder of books. I found I was more excited to delve into Where’s Waldo and I Spy than my kids. The value of children’s books cannot be measured.

We are very fortunate in Cooperstown to have Martha Sharer as our youth services librarian. Martha is passionate about children and reading. She has been in charge of our children’s programs for 20 years and hasn’t lost any of her enthusiasm.

Our introductory program is the children’s story hour held every Wednesday morning rain or shine (or snow) at 10:30am. It is intended for children 2 to 4 years of age, and parents are usually just as involved as their kids.

Martha chooses books based on what’s topical or newly published, or old favorites she knows the kids will enjoy. There is a theme depending on an approaching holiday such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. We often have guest readers as many of our patrons enjoy reading to the kids.

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