With the help of the Putnam County Library Friends’ President Andrea Batson, we were fortunate enough to receive an advocacy grant from the Friends of Tennessee Libraries to debut Sensory Story Time during the Summer Reading Program this year.
Sensory Story Time is an interactive and educational program that can be enjoyed by all children but is especially designed for young children with sensory integration challenges. We offered two sessions, one on June 28th at 10:00 a.m. and again on June 21st at 3:00 p.m. Library Assistant Sarah Crawford-Tucker and I put together seven different sensory stations for children and parents to explore: water beads, sensory bags with a light table, scooter board obstacles, hula hoops, scratch and sniff sticker book making, water station, and a fine motor tweezer activity.
Prior to sensory station exploration, children sat down for a brief story time, not unlike a typical story time. We followed a picture schedule so that children had a visual of what would come next and incorporated stories and songs involving movement. At the conclusion of each session we had a table set up with a variety of books recommended for sensory story time that each child could take home with them along with a goodie bag of small sensory toys.
Children actively participated in the story time and enjoyed all of the hands on activities involved in each station. We received good feedback from parents and caregivers which encouraged us to add Sensory Story Time to the calendar once a month!
Sensory Story Time happens again Friday August 25th at 10:00 a.m. and is recommended for preschool age children.
For a full schedule of events happening at our libraries, visit pclibrary.org.
The Putnam County Library will once again present “Eclipses Explained” this Saturday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. This fun, educational program is appropriate for all ages. NASA certified experts, Dr. Mary Kidd and Dr. Stephen Robinson of TTU, will provide information to families about the total solar eclipse and the science behind why they happen. Attendees of this program will receive a free pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Supplies are limited.
Thanks to WCTE we will also have special guest Jet Propulsion from PBS Kids show Ready Jet Go!
Solar viewing glasses are provided by STAR_Net – a production of the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance. Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health.
Check out the full schedule of events happening around Putnam County at Cookeville SEE https://visitcookevilletn.com/solar-eclipse.
Monterey Branch Quilt Club
The Quilt Club at the Monterey Branch Library offers quilters of all skill levels a chance to meet and encourage one another. Share your current quilting project with others this Tuesday at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come join. For questions call Ms. Dean at the Monterey Branch Library at (931) 839-2103.
Baxter Book Bunch
The Baxter Book Bunch will meet this Friday at 11:15 a.m. at the Baxter Branch Library to discuss When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell. This event is open to the public. New attendees are welcome.
Celebrate the eclipse with Mrs. Donovan at Storytime this week. Stories will include Rosha and the Sun by Mary Jo Gerson, Papagayo by Gerald McDermott, and the Native Alaskan legend How Raven Brought Light to the People. Storytime at the Putnam County Library is held each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m.