The Richmond Register

January 25, 2014

For the love of reading

‘Story Time and Craft’ for toddlers, preschoolers

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

BEREA — Little faces lit up as parents, arranged in a circle, suddenly lifted a rainbow-colored parachute into the air and let it drift back down onto the group of giggling youngsters

Several fun things could be done with a parachute, the children discovered, during Story Time and Crafts at the Madison County Public Library in Berea.

The weekly activity begins at 10:30 a.m. every Friday at the library and is intended for children ages 2 and a half to 6, said youth services assistant Anne Lawson. The activity continues throughout the year. 

Children sang a variety of songs, played hand-percussion instruments, “got the wiggles” out and settled in to listen to a good book.

Lawson’s son TJ strummed along on his guitar to add a special touch to his mother’s story-telling. Her other son David assisted with Tommy James, the family’s book-reading puppet. The hour is always concluded with a simple — and sometimes messy — craft.

Every week, Lawson tries to include fun activities to prepare students for school, such as learning the alphabet, colors and counting, but “the end goal is to enhance kid’s enjoyment of stories and their love of reading.”

Lawson said she loves seeing children go home with a big bag of books.

Visit to find more events and activities at both the Berea and Richmond library locations.