Friday Family Hour meets weekly at 10:30 AM for children pre-K and younger, caregivers and parents. Miss Amanda incorporates simple crafts, stories and songs to stimulate early brain development in the tiniest residents of Newington and their friends.
We incorporate early literacy research-based methods in our Friday Family Hour activities to promote preschool and kindergarten readiness through discovery, play, and social connection. You can read about the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library® Six Early Literacy Skills here. These skills are supported by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC).
Schedule of Themes
September 6: All About Waffles
The first week of September is National Waffle Week! We’ll kick off storytime with Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen. Then, we’ll sing some silly songs, imagine we have a giant waffle and what kinds of toppings we would put on it (Toothpaste? No! Whipped cream? YES!), and end the session by sampling waffle butter cookies.
September 13: Hispanic Heritage
Today’s Friday Family Hour celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. We will learn some words in Spanish, sing songs, and study folk tales from Spanish-speaking countries.
September 20: Wild About Turtles
It’s National Wilderness Month, so let’s celebrate by getting Wild About Turtles! Mary Doane will be here with some turtle friends to teach us all about them. Learn more about Project Nature here.
September 27: Our Community
It’s National Civic Awareness Month, so today’s storytime will focus on how to be a good citizen. What kinds of things can we do to be a good neighbor? We will talk about the hard-working firefighters, police officers, mail carriers, and sanitation workers who do their best to keep our town going. A Newington Police Officer will be here to read us a story, and we will have the chance to check out a police car!
Do you have suggestions for Friday Family Hour? Please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.