Preschool, Toddler, and baby/Toddler Storytime/”SOCIAL hOUR” Information Sheet

  • DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, all meetings are virtual via Zoom for the time being.  Please note some of the information below does apply to in-person meetings.  Please check the Event Calendar for meeting dates and to register. 

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  • To register for Social Hour Storytimes, please visit the Events Calendar.
  • Plumb Library Social Hour Storytimes are an interactive mix of early literacy fun with books, letters, numbers, songs, fingerplays, action rhymes, music, movement. games and lively discussions with Ms. Lisa. In person storytimes will also include craft and snack, if approved by caregivers.
  • Social Hour Storytimes are offered first to Rochester children ages 9 months – 5 years old: Preschoolers (ages 3-5); Toddlers (ages 2-3); and Babies/PreToddlers (ages 9-24 months).
  • If space is available, children from other towns are welcome.
  • Social Hour Storytime utilizes the “Every Child Ready to Read” program which focuses on the 5 skills that children will need to help them learn to read: Talking,Singing, Reading, Playing, and Writing (and now Counting! )  Talking with children helps children learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation. Singing develops language skills. Singing slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. Singing helpss children learn new words and information. Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading, and motivates children to want to learn to read.  Writing letters and words helps children become aware that printed letters have sounds and letters together stand for spoken words. Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. They learn about language through playing as the activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing!
  • We also focus on modeling self-regulation, self-confidence and cooperative behavior!
  • Social Hour Storytime meetings are age based and are normally held once per week for 6-7 weeks during the fall, winter, and spring.
  • Meeting times are listed as one hour to allow for families and children to participate in a weekly routine, and then socialize with friends and family.  You decide how long you can participate!
  • Registration is normally held the first weeks of September, December, and February.
  • Summer Storytime is based upon interest and would begin shortly after the school year ends.
  • Online registration on the Events Calendar is REQUIRED for these programs.
  • Social Hour Storytimes are free thanks to the support of the Friends of Plumb Library.  Consider joining the Friends to support this and other Plumb Library programs.

Baby and Toddler meeting  –  for ages 9 -24 months, Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  

Baby and Toddler Tales is an interactive lap-sit program for children ages 9-24 months.  Caregivers must participate with their child.  Online registration is required.  Families must contact the library by PHONE if they cannot attend a class/session.

Preschool meeting –  for ages 3-5: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This is an interactive  program for children ages 3-5 years old.  Online registration is required. Children are encouraged to independently participate with caregiver support as needed.  Families must contact the library by PHONE if they cannot attend a class/session.

Twos and Threes Together Class – for ages 2 – 3, Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This is an interactive partial lap-sit program for children ages 2-3 years old.  While some children may still need lap support, others  may not.  However, even if a child is ready to sit on their own, caregivers must participate with their child. Families must contact the library by PHONE if they cannot attend a class/session.

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  • Visit the library with your child before the first storytime session.  Knowing what to expect helps everyone feel comfortable.
  • Meeting placement is based on birth dates.  We are always flexible to discuss your child’s placement to ensure the best developmental fit, but we cannot accommodate scheduling conflicts.
  • Promptness and attendance is important!  By registering your child, you are agreeing to commit to attendance at a multi-week program.  PLEASE call us at 508-763-8600 ASAP if you can’t attend a meeting, if you are running late, or if you need to drop out of a session.  PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL!  Emails do not get read in time.
  • Social Hour Storytime follows the RMS school schedule. Storytime will not be held if RMS is closed unless otherwise noted.  Call us when RMS has a snow day.  The library might still be open.  When in doubt, call us or check the library’s website or Facebook page for closures.
  • Online registration on the Plumb Library Event Calendar is required for every session. These are not “drop-in” programs. Registration information required: Caregiver and child names, phone number(s), email(s), residency, child’s date of birth, allergies, photo permission.
  • Rochester residents are given first preference for a storytime spot. Non-residents will be placed on a waiting list, and called ASAP if space is available. There are a limited number of openings per session.
  • Social Hour Storytime space, crafts, and snacks are prepared for the number of children registered only. We’ll gladly provide unregistered guests or siblings with coloring sheets, but they cannot participate in the storytime session unless there is an absent storytimer.
  • Help us reinforce appropriate library and social behavior!  For many children, this meeting will be their first peer group experience, so we will model positive, kind interactions with peers and adults: walking feet, inside voices, listening ears, sharing with friends, and gentle treatment of library items.   Please step in when necessary to help your child cooperate.
  • If your child becomes uncooperative or restless, please quietly leave our group to relax and refocus. Rejoin the group when your child is ready.
  • Keep in mind that you set the example for your child. here is ample time to socialize as soon as the meeting is over!
  • Quiet indoor play time is encouraged after our structured meeting. Playtime must be monitored by caregivers.  We will provide various play items, but all families are responsible for clean-up!
  • The program doesn’t end when you go home!  Talk about storytime activities, talk, write and draw, play, sing, and read books at bedtime, quiet time, or anytime!