The Vicksburg Public Library hosts a weekly event that will keep little ones entertained while also giving parents a break.
“Story Time on Wednesdays,” starts at 10 a.m. and is aimed toward instilling a love for books into children at a young age.
“The purpose of ‘Storytime on Wednesdays’ is to promote a love of reading, encourage interaction between children and the parent who attends with them,” said Katrina Stokes, director of the Vicksburg Public Library. “It gives parents a break and allows them to interact with other adults, and the babies can interact with each other, as well. It’s not just an introduction to literature but also an introduction to socialization, as well.
“Children get a feel of what school is going to be like, eventually, as they sit and listen to stories and participate in activities. They learn how to get along with their peers.”
Led by a former instructor, Maria Cunningham, “Storytime on Wednesdays” incorporates a variety of activities that young children might enjoy.
“They usually start off with a little greet and a song, move on to the stories and sing maybe one or two more songs, and then Marie tries to incorporate a little craft in as well,” said Stokes.
Storytime takes place throughout the year, extending to occasional weekend events when possible, which isn’t as often as Stokes would like.
“Unfortunately we are not able to do a Saturday Storytime because we do not have enough staff,” she said.
Though the Library is short staffed, it does offer abundant resources to families. In addition to “Storytime on Wednesdays,” the library provides a parent resource center, educational toys and games for children, and tons of books for both children and parents.
The library also welcomes volunteers to help with “Storytime on Wednesdays” as well. If you’re interested, contact the Vicksburg Public Library at 601-636-6411, and ask for Maria Cunningham.