The Rutland Library offers 3 Storytimes
Toddler Time meets Wednesdays at 10:30. This half hour program is designed for 2-year-olds and their caregivers. Each week will feature a selection of books, fingerplays (the itsy bitsy spider is a classic example of fingerplay), songs and a very special puppet (named Mr. Whuffles) as well as something extra like scarves, music instruments, or a flannel board story.
3-year old Storytime meets Thursdays at 10:30. This program has many of the same features as Toddler time, but geared towards these older, seasoned storytime kids. It has longer books, more interactive stories, and the occasional fun of making applesauce or balancing an egg on our feet like a penguin.
Mother Goose Time is Fridays at 10:30. This special literacy time is for babies up to two years of age. There is a lot of music, sign language, singing, scarves, and puppets. It's also a great way to meet other moms and get that much-needed support. Most families gather in the baby play area at 10 for free play and bonding.
Reading Therapy Dog
We are blessed to have a therapy dog named Rocky come to the library every other Tuesday evening for kids to read to. Kids can sign up in advance for a 15 minute time slot to read to Rocky. Sign-up sheets are put out a couple of months in advance.
Story Club is starting back up again! This special book club is for kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We will meet once a month to read a book or two out loud and do an activity and a craft. For example, we once read Stellaluna and then took turns wearing a blindfold and practiced our human form of echolocation (can we tell how far away the wall is just by listening to the sound of a ball hitting it) and then a bat painting craft. So much fun. Call the library for more information or to sign up.
Mind in the Making Play Area
We were fortunate to be the recipients of an LSTA Mind in the Making Grant in 2018. This grant enabled us to create an amazing play area for 0-6 year olds. In addition to our Baby Play and Grow area, we have a light table, Legos, a play kitchen/cafe and the sweetest doll treehouse. Come and see.