Story Time Stars

Help your child build early literacy skills at our Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch’s Story Time Stars.

Story Time Stars

We sat down with Laura Stanfield, the children’s services librarian at our Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, to learn how story times like Story Time Stars are beneficial.

What exactly are early literacy skills? Learning to read?

When we talk about early literacy, we don’t necessarily mean teaching children to read. Instead, we are referring to skills that help get children ready to learn to read. There are many skills that make learning to read easier by building a strong foundation. Our story times focus on five different ways to help develop early literacy skills.

What are the five ways?

We help develop early literacy skills through:

  • Playing
  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Talking
  • Writing

Can you tell us how you develop those skills through playing, reading and singing?

Play is serious business for kids. When kids play pretend, they are using one object to represent another. This is the same concept that they will need to understand that the letters a-p-p-l-e stand for an apple. Dramatic play helps develop narrative skills which help kids follow a story when they read on their own.

Books and libraries go together like peanut butter and jelly. Making reading an enjoyable experience helps kids want to learn to read. Making reading an interactive experience helps kids feel successful. Story times are an excellent way to have fun and interact with books.

Songs and rhymes are a staple of our story times. They are a great way to help kids hear small sounds that make up words. Being able to hear these individual sounds will help kids sound out words when they learn to read.

What about talking and writing?

Talking to your child builds vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the easier it is for them to read. We don’t just read a book at story time. We ask questions and guess what might happen next. We also have games and other activities that give you the opportunity to have a conversation with your child.

Writing, in this context, doesn’t mean writing letters or words. Instead, it means any activity that builds fine motor skills. Activities like coloring, doing a finger play to the Itsy Bitsy Spider and squishing hands in kinetic sand are all fantastic ways to work out finger muscles.

What story time can kids attend to start learning these skills?

Story Time Stars is every Tuesday at our Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch at 11 am. The story time offers books that appeal to all ages, and games and activities that can be adapted for younger or older children. One of my main goals is to make the story time fun and exciting for kids. The more fun they have, the more they will want to read.

Story Times

We have over fifteen story times to choose from in addition to Story Time Stars. Find the one that fits your schedule best below.

 
 

Baby Time

Registration Required
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Sign Story Time

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Storytots

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Registration Required
Thursday, November 14, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Babies & Books

Registration Required
Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Family Story Time

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Family  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Sensory Science Story Time - Autumn

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Newport Branch
Children  STEAM  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, November 18, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play: Fine Motor Skills

Monday, November 18, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, November 18, 2019, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Terrific Tuesdays

Registration Required
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Story Time Stars

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:00 pm
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Lap Time

Registration Required
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce and Rhyme

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Baby Time

Registration Required
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Sign Story Time

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Storytots

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Registration Required
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Babies & Books

Registration Required
Friday, November 22, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Family Story Time

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Family  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, November 25, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play: Thanksgiving Celebration

Monday, November 25, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, November 25, 2019, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Story Time Stars

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Terrific Tuesdays

Registration Required
Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Lap Time

Registration Required
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Bounce and Rhyme

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, November 27, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Baby Sign Story Time

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, December 2, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready for K Through Play: Ready to Learn Skills

Monday, December 2, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, December 2, 2019, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Story Time Stars

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Terrific Tuesdays

Registration Required
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Lap Time

Registration Required
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Baby Bounce and Rhyme

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Baby Time

Registration Required
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Sign Story Time

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Storytots

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Registration Required
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Babies & Books

Registration Required
Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, December 9, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Ready For K Through Play: Graduation Party

Monday, December 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Tot Time

Monday, December 9, 2019, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Story Time Stars

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Terrific Tuesdays

Registration Required
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Lap Time

Registration Required
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Baby Bounce and Rhyme

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Movers and Shakers

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Toddler Time

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

Baby Time

Registration Required
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Sign Story Time

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Storytots

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Newport Branch
Children  Story Times  

Baby Time

Registration Required
Thursday, December 12, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch
Children  Story Times  

Preschool Time

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Story Times  

Babies & Books

Registration Required
Friday, December 13, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Alexandria Branch
Children  Story Times  

Family Story Time

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Cold Spring Branch
Children  Family  DIY & Crafts  Story Times  

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