October 11, 2008

Storytime at the Library

Today was PK's first storytime session at our local public library. The hubby took the day off so we'd have an extra-long Thanksgiving long weekend together, so he was able to tag along. I'm so pleased that he was able to come for PK's first storytime. These milestones are so precious.

I found out about the program through a friend. We signed up together, so it was cool to already know someone there. I want to make reading a huge part of PK's life, and this type of program is perfect. I make it a point to read to her every day, no matter what. My favorite stories to read to her are anything by Dr. Seuss. I've also got some other kiddie classics, like the complete works of Beatrix Potter and of course, what child's book collection would be complete without some sort of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes book. A word about Beatrix Potter - WTF? I thought these were supposed to be cute kiddie stories. Instead, the story of Peter Rabbit has his father being made into pie. Another story (can't remember what it's called) has a squirrel almost skinned alive by an owl. He manages to escape but goes crazy in the end. WTF??? Not sure I want to read those types of stories to PK. Then again, I may be a bit of a hypocrite because I swiped a really old book of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tails from the in-laws' house a couple of weeks ago, and I read those stories to PK often. For those unfamiliar with Hans Christian Andersen's works, he's the guy who brought you The Little Mermaid. But buyer beware: this is NOT the Disney version. In fact, the original Andersen fairy tale ends quite tragically. So yeah, I'm kind of a hypocrite.

But I digress...

Back to storytime. The lady who runs the program seems quite nice. She's a middle-aged woman who really seems to be into it. The program is intended for kids aged 0-12 months, so we've got kids ranging from very mobile to not very mobile at all. PK, being 2 months old, can only squirm around, but some of these other kids were running around all over the place. A preview of things to come! I think she was the youngest kid in the crowd there. From what I could tell, the average age was maybe 9 or 10 months. Most of the kids there were accompanied by their mothers, some by their nannies, and I noticed one other couple there besides us. Funny side note: the woman looked like Jack Nicholson's wife in the movie "The Shining". :P

The program itself consists of singing and story-telling. Most of the emphasis, however, is on the singing component. Thea, the lady running storytime, leads the singing, but parents are highly encouraged to sing to their kiddies. The hubby and I tried to sing along, but we didn't know most of the songs. I'm hoping that we'll pick these up in no time.

PK was pretty well-behaved through the whole thing, though she did decide to feed partway through. I was both tapped out and not too keen on breast-feeding in public, even with one of those breast-feeding cloaks, so I bottle-fed. The funny thing is that she was the only baby there needing to be fed. After we fed her she calmed right down, much to our relief.

The whole thing only lasted about 30 minutes. The other 30 minutes are dedicated to playtime, but there's no real organized activity around that. Personally, I would've preferred more time dedicated to the singing and story-telling, and less time dedicated to playtime. Oh well. Maybe they have a comment card that I can fill out.

After storytime was over, we decided to check out some books from the library. I grabbed a few books for really young children, a couple of CDs (including a Sesame Street CD which featured the classic "Rubber Duckie" song), and two French books. I was told that the library had a small collection of French books, so I didn't get my hopes up. The pickings are definitely slim (Indigo had a better selection), but something is better than nothing. Speaking of which, I did come away with a single solitary Dr. Seuss book. I wish I could remember what it's called. At any rate, I was a bit disappointed by their collection of Dr. Seuss books. I expected to see more of them. Of course, for all I know, there might be an entire Dr. Seuss book shrine in the library. Tee hee!

Overall, it was a great start to our morning and to our weekend. I'm so pleased that the hubby was able to come to this first session. It's definitely something that I hope we can do as a family again soon.

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