Storytime at the library is one of our family’s favorite activities. In addition to stories there are often songs, fingerplays, poems, and sometimes even a craft. While we frequent storytimes all over the city, one of our favorites is not held at a library, but instead at the Monon Community Center in Carmel.
Storytime Express is the Carmel Clay Public Library’s literacy time for children ages 2-5. Storytime Express is offered throughout the month (typically on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday) at both the Carmel Library or the Monon Community Center. As a resident of Indianapolis, we are closer to the Monon Community Center, making this a great location to take advantage of a quality storytime.
What I like best about this program is the thought that is put into the programming. Each week has a different theme and books, songs, and a craft are designed around that theme. The other nice aspect is that the librarian makes it a point to explain reading strategies and the teaching points that can be used when reading to young children. As a former teacher this music to my ears! Reading for pleasure is so important, but also understanding the developmentally appropriate reading and comprehension strategies that can be employed while reading to your child can be so beneficial.
The 20-minute storytime is engaging and fun. Following several stories and songs and/or fingerplays, children get to engage in a simple craft where all materials are provided.
If you haven’t been to one yet, be sure to stop by Carmel Clay Public Library’s Storytime Express! Be sure to check the library and/or Carmel Clay Parks calendars for specific days and for other fun family activities.
*Storytime Express @ the Monon Center requires advance free registration through the Carmel Clay Parks website. Storytime Express @ the Library requires free tickets acquired at the desk 30 minutes prior to program start.
235 Central Park Drive East