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Truckee Library story times are back for 2015-16

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The fall session of weekly story times at the Truckee Library is in full swing: Tuesday Toddler Time, Babes in Bookland, and Preschool Stories. Additionally, Spanish Storytime is offered on the last Saturday of the month.

Extensive research repeatedly shows a link between growing up with books and reading aloud, and later language development and school success.

But while we know that reading to your child is associated with good outcomes, we don’t know exactly why that is. Enter the new and exciting field of neuroscience research.

Last month’s issue of “Pediatrics” featured a study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study brain activity in 3- to 5-year-old children as they listened to stories. The researchers found differences in brain activation according to how much the children had been read to at home.

This region of the brain (parietal-temporal-occipital association cortex) is known as the “watershed region” of multisensory integration. This region is very active when older children read to themselves. Now we also know that it also lights up when younger children are hearing stories as well.

The Truckee Library is pleased to assist in lighting up the watershed regions of the brains of our tiniest residents with a full slate of story time offerings.

Babes in Bookland is designed for babies from 6 to 24 months of age. The program focuses on the all-important concepts of rhythm, repetition and rhyme.

Since it is nearly impossible to expect the very young to focus exclusively on one storyteller in a group setting for an extended period of time, the library provides individual sets of materials for each infant/caregiver pair.

Eye-catching super-sized books are featured each week, along with a core set of board books selected for their universal appeal to the very young. Accompanying music, maracas and bubbles round out this multisensory experience offered Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Once a child reaches that adorable toddling stage, Toddler Time for 18- to 36-month-olds takes center stage on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Attention spans lengthen somewhat and powers of exploration explode.

Toddler Time is not for the faint of heart; it’s a sometimes wild, always wacky time of sharing short books in a group, singing, dancing, maracas, bubbles, hand stamps and stickers.

For that magical preschool age of 3-5, when attention span lengthens and locomotion levels starts to lessen somewhat, Preschool Stories is offered every Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

While maracas, bubbles, hand stamps and stickers are still popular with this age group, the stories get longer and the plot lines slightly more complex, as this audience prepares for kindergarten.

Spanish Storytime with Reyna Sanchez-Lopez returns on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 10:30 a.m. This monthly story time occurs on the last Saturday of each month and includes bilingual stories, songs and rhymes for all ages.

Each of the story times roughly adheres to the school year schedule, taking breaks in the summer and major holiday periods.

Once our story time clientele graduates on to elementary school, the Truckee Library also offers both summer and winter reading programs for kids to encourage learning to read independently and to establish the lifelong habit of reading for pleasure.

Teri Andrews Rinne is the children’s services librarian at the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave. Call 530-582-7846 or visit mynevadacounty.com/library.