I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year. It has been a wonderful 4 months getting to know you and your children. Now that I have spent some time at the Pomfret Public Library, I have been able to assess and make some improvements for the children of our community. Preschool / Kindergarten In January I will have new story hour sign up sheets for our story time programs. We will continue to have Preschool / Kindergarten story time on Tuesdays at 10:00am and 1:00pm. These story hours have a focused age group of 3 – 6 years of age with a limit of 10 children. We focus on the enjoyment of reading through picture books and poetry. The children are encouraged through open ended question to discuss what we are reading. There will always be hands on activities through art or book props which relate to our stories in order to engross the children through sensory and visual cognitive needs. We have a great time and the children are proud and encouraged to share their own personal experiences as they relate to our themed story hours. Toddler Our Toddler story time will see a few changes in the New Year. Toddler story time will remain on Thursdays mornings. Parents and children may start to gather from 10:00-10:30am. Promptly at 10:30 our story time will begin. This story time has a focused age group of 18 months to 2 yearswith a limit of 10children. We will read simple books and explore their concepts through book props, puppets and crafts. Parents will be asked to sit on the floor with their toddler in order to help them participate in the wonderful discovery of books. I expect a toddlers’ attention span to be age appropriate but will always try to keep them involved through redirection with the help of parents. New story time sign up sheets will be available in January. Please remember we are open to the public during story times. Families need to be respectful of other patrons. The children’s room will need to be restored to order for patron use following our story time. Don’t forget, the best way to raise a reader is to be a reader! Here’s to a great new year of books!