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Family Storyteller program offered to parents, preschoolers

Staff reports

“There is magic in books! Through books, young children can meet a blue horse, dine with a very hungry caterpillar, find a lost duckling or ride on a magical bus,” says Children’s Librarian Carol Rapacz.

The “Family Storyteller” is a family literacy program built upon children’s literature and videotapes which model parent-child book reading that will be offered at two schools starting in February. The workshops are designed for parents and their pre-school age children, 3 to 5 years of age.

Parents will learn how to maximize reading with their young children. The emphasis of this program is on modeling carefully selected book reading techniques, such as previewing the book, reading with expression, labeling and asking questions. Families will receive a free book each week and do activities together. A home activity packet will be given to provide ideas and materials to do more activities through the week.

The workshops will be offered at two locations and at different times. Scarselli Elementary School Library will host the program on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. The program will run Feb. 1 through March 7.

Gardnerville Elementary School Library will host the program on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program will run Feb. 29 through April 11.

The Family Storyteller is a free program offered through the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Douglas County School District and Douglas County Public Library.

Space is available for 10 families at each site. To register, call Candy Rooney, Scarselli Elementary School, 265-222; Pam Petite, Gardnerville Elementary School, 782-5117; or Carol Rapacz, Douglas County Public Library, 782-9841.