Fall Storytimes

Fall storytimes open for registration requests at 10AM Monday, September 18th. ┬áThe season is 10 weeks, running October 4th – December 13th. On offer:

Toddler Time: ages 1 1/2 – 3 1/2, with a caregiver. Wednesday, 10 :15 – 10:45AM

Preschool Time: ages 3 1/2 – 5, with a caregiver. Wednesday, 11 – 11:45AM

Here’s how it works:

  • The storytime listings on our online calendar go “live” at 10AM September 18th, allowing you to enter your information via the “Join the Waitlist” tab (including the 13 digit barcode from your library card, which is mandatory to have your request reviewed.)
  • EVERYONE begins on the waitlist which gives us a chance to verify all the data. Once entries are verified, we change statuses from “waitlisted” to “registered” on a first come, first serve basis, based upon the time stamp from your computer entry.
  • We do give East Fishkill taxpayers preference. We take between 20 – 25 children for each group, depending on the number of siblings also attending. You will receive a few emails from the automated calendar system during this process- one with your waitlist status, another when your status changes to registered, and, if you’re new to the process, one asking you to verify the email account. All of this will happen within 48 hours of your submission.

These weekly programs have a unifying seasonal thread of song and rhyme, while each date has a unique theme of story and craft. So, as the weeks go by, children get comfortable and confident with our routine and activities, while also enjoying the surprise of the day’s theme.

All storytimes are school readiness based. Fine motor, listening skills, body awareness, basic concepts… we try to touch upon it all. We balance sitting/listening time with active/noisy time. We always employ dialogic reading for an enriching read-aloud experience, and have a craft. Caregivers stay in the room so they don’t miss the fun! Siblings are always welcome.

Questions? Email Cathy Nuding, Youth Services Librarian at Nuding@EFLibrary.org

(Don’t forget! We offer an hour-long, year-round program for all kids 5 and younger called Play and Learn. We meet Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:30AM. No registration is needed- just stop in for socialization and play!)