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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Forsyth Public Library invites children ages 3-5 to attend storytime in a new Story Quilt format beginning Sept. 22 and ending Nov. 10.

The group meets Thursday mornings from 10-10:45 a.m. in the library conference room. In addition, two sessions will be repeated at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, and Monday, Oct. 24. Each week includes stories, rhymes, games and simple crafts, all geared toward preschoolers. No registration is necessary.

Fall storytimes will feature pumpkins, bats and other favorite signs of the season. Children’s Librarian Rachel Miller encourages families with children ages 3-5 to join her for storytimes and adds that these sessions go beyond fun to develop imagination, strengthen listening skills, build vocabulary and provide opportunities for social interaction.

Call the library at 877-8174 or email for more information about the sessions.

The summer reading program at the library wrapped up July 28 with a VolunTeen “thank you” party and recognition of other volunteers. Children’s Librarian Rachel Miller said the VolunTeens worked a total of 192 hours throughout the program which began May 31. Miller also compiled some other statistics:

  • 434 registered readers
  • 21 programs
  • 1,655 program attendees
  • 1,045 prizes awarded.

“Mad Science” was voted the favorite program. Miller noted that the library spent $5,921.69 for this year’s summer reading program with its theme of “A Midsummer Knight’s Read.” That amount translates to $2.83 per participant.

Miller said library staff would like to extend special thanks to the following “helping hands,” including: Gayle Bruckner, Colleen and Dana Dale, retired children’s librarian Lorraine Getty, Marlene Gant, Roger Hupp, Juanita O’Neill and trustee Larry Reed. Also acknowledged were the two organizations which made possible the library’s Youth Garden. The Garden Club of Decatur provided the expertise and planting guidance, while Forsyth Sunrise Rotary contributed the plants. Business contributors recognized were Burger King, Children’s Museum of Illinois, Decatur Park District, McDonald’s, Monical’s, Papa Murphy’s and Taco Bell.

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