Starting in January, all of the 4 and 5 year olds visit the library once a month with their classmates. While in the library, they visit with Joyce Davison, volunteer librarian, and director Cherie McSweeney reads them a story. There is always time for the children to pick out a book to look at and talk about.
During their monthly visit they learn about authors, illustrators, publishers and printers. Most importantly, they discovered they can be authors and illustrators, too – and they don’t have to wait until they grow up. Recently, one of the school’s parents, Noah Z. Jones who is an illustrator for children’s books, came and talked about his job and drew for the children.
The children also learned about Dr. Seuss and how he used his imagination not only in his drawings but also in his inventive language. Giggles were heard as the story, “There’s A Wocket in My Pocket” was told. Other favorite Dr. Seuss books the children named were: “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “Horton Hatches An Egg.”
In May, the children each drew a picture and dictated a story about it to their teacher. These drawings and stories were printed to make a classroom book of stories. When the children visited the library for the last time for the school year, “Miss Cherie” read them their classroom book and each child received a copy to keep.