Have a ‘Rompin’ Stompin’ good time

Special to The Mountaineer
By Lisa Hartzell
 | Nov 19, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo GET THE KIDS MOVIN’ — Lisa Hartzell
 added a musical “Rompin’ Stompin” story time every Thursday at Canton Branch Library.

Those who top by the Canton Branch Library on Thursday mornings will hear the sounds of music and giggling children coming from the meeting room.

As head of the children’s department at the library, we decided about a year ago that it was time to add a new story time. The library is fortunate to have a great group of parents and kids who regularly come to my story time programs. The current group got so large that they moved from the children’s room into the meeting room in order to accommodate everyone. After talking to many of the parents, we moved forward with an additional story time.

The new story time is called “Rompin’ Stompin,” and is held at 10 a.m. every Thursday at Canton Branch Library. We wanted to try something different than the traditional story time, which generally involves reading several books, doing finger-plays and making an age-appropriate craft.

After a lot of thought and research, we chose to try a musical, sensory story time. We would still read books, but the main focus would be on music and movement. A colleague at the Waynesville library sent some musical instruments, including rhythm sticks and shakers. We purchased beanbags, ribbons and more recently, a parachute. The children are improving their motor skills, coordination, and are learning basic musical terms like rhythm and tempo. The story time incorporates books that encourage interaction and participation. The best part is that the kids are allowed to move and make a little noise. After about an hour of nonstop activities, the children cool down with juice, generously provided by MJ’s of Canton.

New little ones and their parents are always welcome. For information, call 648-2924.