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Welcome to Selwyn Public Library.

Hours of Operation

**Starting August 17th, 2020**

Bridgenorth Library
836 Charles St.
P: 705-292-5065
F: 705-292-6695
Mon 10am - 2pm
Wed 2pm - 6pm
Thurs 12pm - 3pm

Ennismore Library
551 Ennis Rd.
P: 705-292-8022
F: 705-292-8687
Tues 10am - 1pm
Thurs 4pm - 6pm

Lakefield Library
8 Queen St.

P: 705-652-8623
F: 705-652-8878

Tues 10am - 2pm
Wed 10am - 2pm
Thurs 3pm - 7pm

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Storytime @ Home

Join Kathleen and Corny the squirrel for 8 weeks of stories, songs, games and instrument play in the comfort of your own home. Ages 3 and up (age range of 3-7 years is often a good fit). Younger siblings are welcome to attend with a big brother or sister. Craft ideas will be send to patrons to compliment the week’s theme. Instruments may be lent to families in advance of the program as needed.


In your home or wherever you have your device via a Zoom link

Start Date:

Storytime begins Wed. Sept. 16th and will run for 8 weeks.


9:30 to 10 AM

How to Register:

To register online for Storytime @ Home, click here.


Click here to be added to the waitlist

To add your name to the waitlist, click here.

What is Storytime @ Home?

Storytime @ Home is a 30 minute program for children ages 3 and up with a caregiver via Zoom.  Each week the children experience stories, fingerplays, drama, games or instrument play, all based on a theme drawn from the books of the week.  Parents and caregivers stay with their child as the program is not just for the kids even though it may seem that way!  The best storytimes are the ones in which parents learn songs/storytelling ideas with an understanding of what is behind all the fun.


What is really happening at Storytime?

Storytime is built around supporting the development of six specific early literacy skills that children need to develop to become readers.  You are likely already teaching your child these skills at home and Preschool Storytime is designed to help you in this, as research tells us that no child will learn to read well without people at home who work with their children and show interest in literacy themselves!

Here is an outline of the Six Early Literacy Skills, in no particular order, and some examples of how you may see these skills focused on in Storytime:

1. Vocabulary Development: The more words kids know, the more they'll be able to read when it comes time to recognize words on a page.  I will focus on developing children's skills in this area by using words that may be new to your child, talking about different concepts that present themselves in books, and explaining difficult words from a story.   Even just by being read to, your child's vocabulary will grow by leaps and bounds, as books tend to have a wider variety of language than spoken conversation does. 

2. Print Motivation: Liking books and being interested in what is in them. Through the sharing of a variety of books together during Storytime, you child will learn that reading is a treat, a wonder, a delight.  This will help motivate your child to pursue learning to read even when they may be having difficulties.   You will see me playing games with stories, using puppets, encouraging participation with books and giving tons of encouragement to help your child have an engaging and positive experience during Storytime.

3. Print Awareness: Understanding what print is and how it works.  You will see me showing and naming different parts of books to your child, as well as exploring how a book is read, what the symbols on the page mean, how pictures in books relate to those marks on the pages etc.

4. Narrative Skills: Developing your skills in being able to tell a story and understanding story structure.  You will see me telling stories to the children, having children participate in sequencing and retelling stories using the flannel board and drama, and last but not least, encouraging the children to tell me their own stories. 

5. Letter Knowledge: Knowing the twenty-six letters of the alphabet (52, counting the upper-case). You will see me provide many fun ways to learn about letters during specific Storytimes.

6. Phonological Awareness: Being able to hear and understand that words are made up of smaller sounds, and being able to play with, break down, and manipulate those words and sounds. You will see me practicing this skill every week through fingerplays, singing of rhyming songs and general word play through games and music.  I find silly word play works the best!