My toddler gobbles up stories. The bookshelf right next to his bed is overflowing with Dr. Seuss and dinosaurs, brightly colored pages begging to be read. As soon as the birds start to sing, my husband and I can hear him in his room most mornings shuffling through his books before he patters down the hallway, book in hand, to wake us for a story before breakfast. Before finally closing his eyes at night, he wants someone to read him a story. And throughout the day, there are books strewn across every surface in our home. He loves books. My eight month old also gobbles up books...literally. Board books don't stand a chance with my little drooler. But something they both have in common is a love of the Media-Upper Providence Free Library.
Throughout May, the library has been hosting Pajama Storytime on Monday nights for children between the ages of 2 - 6. Brittany Eastman, the Youth Services Librarian, runs all of the library's storytimes and invites children to come in their pajamas for these special evening storytimes. The Pajama Storytimes last between 30-45 minutes and feature a variety of activities for children. "We start storytime with a song and transition into reading stories. Normally, I will read 4-5 stories, depending on how interested the kids are. In between stories, we might sing a song or do a rhyme or fingerplay or some other activity." Ms. Eastman also organizes a craft to do during each of the story times. It's a great way to introduce little ones to the library and get them excited about reading. But the Pajama Storytimes aren't just fun, they also help to support an important cause - The Pajama Program.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a set of new children's pajamas with them to the storytimes in order to help support the work of the Pajama Program, a non-profit organization working to provide children, many of whom are waiting to be adopted, with new pajamas and books. So far, Ms. Eastman says, the library has collected about 10 pairs of pajamas. "Most of them are for infants or toddlers, but sizes up to adult XXXL are accepted. The pajamas must be new with tags still on them. Donations of money or new children's books are also accepted. We would love to receive more donations of any of these!" Anyone wishing to donate can also bring pajamas or books to the main desk any time the library is open.
Hopefully, you are able to join me and my boys at the next Pajama Storytime on Monday, May 23rd at 7:00pm. I know my little ones will have a great time picking out a few new books to donate. Now if only I can get my toddler to understand what the word "donate" means before Monday night, I'll be all set! And be sure to check out the great schedule of children's activities that the library is offering throughout the spring and summer.