The Youth Services Department of Teaneck Public Library has announced a new series of “pop-up” literacy events at local parks, in collaboration with the Township of Teaneck Recreation Department and the Teaneck Creek Conservancy.
“A big challenge for children and families during the summer is the decline in reading ability and academic skills when school is out of session, which is often referred to as the summer slide,” says Allen McGinley, Director at Teaneck Public Library.
“In an effort to get more early childhood literacy events out into the community, we will be providing a series of eight story time events at Teaneck’s Votee Park on Palisades Avenue, and the Teaneck Creek Conservancy on Puffin Way.”
“Storytimes are an important way to boost literacy, and for children to hear and learn big and interesting words, and to interact with language,” says Amy Sears, Head of Youth Services.
“By bringing storytime to the park, we are increasing access to literacy activities and the joy of hearing books read aloud for children who might not be able to come to the Library, especially in the summer.”
Storytime at Teaneck Creek will take place on Mondays at 4:00pm (July 8, 15, 22, and 29). The program will use stories and fun nature activities to explore different topics each week including birds, snakes, pond life, and trees. Storytime will take place in the outdoor classroom near the Fycke Lane entrance.
Storytime at Votee Park will take place on Tuesdays at 3:00pm (July 9, 16, 23, and 30). The program will meet near the sprinklers at Votee Park.
In addition, Teaneck Public Library will be at the Teaneck Farmers Market on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00pm (July 11, 18, 25, and August 1 and 8). Stop by the Library’s table from 1:00 to 3:00pm for a simple craft and storytime at 2:00pm.
There is no registration necessary for these events. All events will be held weather permitting. Please visit teanecklibrary.org or call 201-837-4171 ext 4 for more information.