Beginning December 15, we are going back to holding storytime online on Zoom until it makes sense to resume outdoor storytimes.
Last week at outdoor storytime, we read stories about what our animal friends will be doing to prepare for the cold at this time of year. We read about a crew of friends leaving on a train to take them into hibernation in Hibernation Station. We used our stuffed animal friends to explore all the different ways that local animals will be dealing with the coming snow as we acted out When it Starts to Snow.
Since many animals make homes for themselves in and around the snow, we asked the children to bring their own stuffed friends to story time. After stories and songs we created animal homes in the weedy areas of the winter garden, in little snow holes and even in a hole in a tree. This gave the kids the opportunity to practice imagining a home just right for their friend, experimenting with natural materials and creating it on their own.
Experiences like this help kids develop as naturalists, as well as empathetic humans who think about how it could be to live as another creature. We’ve got even more books in our children’s room to expose your child to more information about hibernation and animals in winter. You can watch Over and Under the Snow here or check it and other books out any day when we’re open.
This week we’ll explore the concept of light, which is so important and celebrated by people across the world in many ways this season. We hope you will join us on Tuesday at 10:30 am for some brand new library stories and lantern making! Find login info at https://bit.ly/cooklibstorytime.
Amy and Polly