In-person programming is still ongoing at local libraries, with both ongoing programs and changing offerings for school-aged youth.
Annie Welsh, the Youth Services Coordinator for the Oil Region Library Association (ORLA), spent her Monday morning bouncing babies in the children’s section of the Oil City Library.
Welsh said the Bouncing Babies program is a fairly stable and ongoing program. Aimed at children from birth to three years old but open to young people of all ages, the program offers a coherent format of songs, rhymes and lots of bounces.
Even at this age, the Welshman said, social and emotional lessons – like waiting for turns and sitting down to listen quietly for small periods of time – are built in. As children get older, the programs available at libraries in the oil region will grow old with them, she said. noted.
Storytime is similar to Bouncing Babies, Welsh said, but features three or four short books reading and gently increases the amount of time kids are asked to focus on a story, while still keeping the nursery rhymes fun. and other interactive components.
“We’re trying to start preparing them” for the transition to a classroom as school-aged children, Welsh said.
Other offerings, like a coding program that just completed its last session and will return in January, are aimed at older children. The coding program teaches kids how to build apps and websites using technology and the wealth of information and ideas available on library shelves, Welsh said.
At the start of the pandemic, a number of Storytime sessions were recorded and posted on the Library Association’s website, where they remain for children trapped at home, Welsh said.
For more information on the Library Association’s programs in Oil City, Franklin and Cooperstown, people can visit oilregionlibraries.org and check out the Events and Programs calendar, under the Events and Programs tab at the top of the page.