Snake River Storytime delights children

THOMAS — One hundred fifteen youngsters, ages 2 to 6, and their parents attend Storytime each week at the Snake River School Community Library.
Storytime is at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday and at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Miss Peggy, aka Peggy Hansen, and Miss Mindy, aka, Mindy Baldwin are the Storytime teachers.
Miss Peggy starts each Storytime with a nursery rhyme.
"Reading success for children increases if they know nursery rhymes," she said.
Miss Peggy bring lots of helpers with her. Puppets Jerry the giraffe, Susie the Squirrel, Wiggles the dog and Mika the monkey joined her to tell stories and lead activities.
Songs were sung, including one about Wiggles where the youngsters followed stretching, jumping and twisting instructions.
"Songs are really good because words are separated into sounds," Miss Peggy said.
A rhyming activity about colors of leaves was followed by a craft project. Children colored letters and made a fall wreath with colored leaves.
"I have the best job," Miss Peggy said. "I love working with kids."
"Storytime helps children develop skills to be successful readers," said Sherrilynn Bair, Snake River School Community Library director.
Miss Mindy teaches Storytime at 9:30 a.m on Tuesday at the Blackfoot Community Center and 10 a.m. Thursday at the Snake River School Community Library.
Vivian Larsen, age 3, attended Storytime on Tuesday with her mother, Corinne Larsen.
"I've been coming to Storytime for 10 years," Larsen said, "and yes, I know my colors very well.
"Vivian is our youngest child," she said. "She has three older brothers who are all in school."
Snake River High School students Kristine Anderson, Ashlie Parris and Elizabeth Arreguin are the library aides who help with Storytime. They cut out all the crafts and letters and help the teachers develop ideas.
Anderson has been working with Storytime for four semesters.
"I just like to help," she said.
Storytime will not be in session over Harvest Break. Snake River schools will be closed from Sept. 26 through Oct. 7. Storytime begins again at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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