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June 20, 2013

Farmers' Museum to offer story time

Cooperstown Crier

---- — A family story hour aimed toward children in pre-school through first grade will be offered Tuesdays at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.   

Story Time will take place each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. beginning June 25. The program will run through August 27.

Children should be accompanied by a grownup. They will get the chance to hear a story in the historic Filer’s Corners School. Then they will play a game, sing a song or make a craft in one of the museum’s historic buildings. Each week features a new story and fun activities related to the story.

The schedule is as follows: 

• June 25 – “Ox Cart Man” by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney (1979): See a carved broom at the Westcott Broom Shop. Go to Todd’s General Store and trade potatoes, yarn and candles for peppermint sticks.

• July 2 – “Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter (1902): Learn about the plants in Mr. MacGregor’s garden. Press flowers in waxed paper.

• July 9 – “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry: Bring animal puppets to life by making the sounds of the animals. Visit the Children’s Barnyard.

• July 16 – “The Chicken Problem” by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson: Gather eggs in the Lippitt Barnyard hen house. Collect toy chicks and singing the song from the book.

• July 23 – “Warm as Wool” by Scott Russell Sanders (2007): Card some wool and see it spun on the wheel. Watch the weaver working the loom. Hand-spin wool and make bracelets.

• July 30 – “A Carousel Tale” by Elissa Klevin (2009): Visit the Empire State Carousel. Make a magic bird.

• Aug. 6 – “The Quilt Story” by Tony Johnston (1996): See the sleeping chambers and different beds at Bump Tavern. Have a tea party on the porch.

• Aug. 13 – “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1933): Visit the print shop and meet the interpreter. Help the children print something on the Liberty Press. Have a fun math lesson with slates and dominos. 

• Aug. 20 – “Tops and Bottoms” by Janet Stevens (1995): Paint with carrots, beets and lettuce from the Lippitt Farmhouse. 

• Aug. 27 – “Mother Goose” Nursery Rhymes: Stroll the Historic Village, singing nursery rhymes and finding items in the rhymes, such as “Jack be nimble” and “Hickory dickory dock.” 

Story Time is included with museum admission, which is free for members of the New York State Historical Association and children 6 and younger. Story Time is sponsored by Matt Sohns and family.