In-person programming is still ongoing at local libraries, with ongoing programs and changing offerings for school-aged youth.
Annie Welsh, the Youth Services Coordinator for the Oil Region Library Association (ORLA), spent her Monday morning bouncing babies in the children’s section of the Oil City Library.
Welsh said the Bouncing Babies program is fairly stable and continuous. Targeting children from birth to three years old but open to youngsters of all ages, the program offers a cohesive format of songs, rhymes and plenty of twists and turns.
Even at this age, Welsh said, social and emotional lessons — like taking turns and sitting down to listen quietly for small periods of time — are built in. As children get older, the programs available at oil country libraries will age with them, she mentioned.
Storytime is similar to Bouncing Babies, Welsh said, but features reading three or four short books and gently increases the time kids are asked to focus on a story, while keeping the rhyming fun. and other interactive components.
“We’re trying to start preparing them” for the transition to a classroom setting as school-aged children, Welsh said.
Other offerings, like a coding program that just finished its last term and will return in January, are aimed at older kids. The coding curriculum teaches kids how to build apps and websites using technology and the wealth of information and ideas available on the library shelves, Welsh said.
Early in the pandemic, a number of Storytime sessions were recorded and posted to the Library Association’s website, where they remain for children stuck at home, Welsh said.
For more information on Library Association library programs in Oil City, Franklin and Cooperstown, people can visit oilregionlibraries.org and view the calendar of events and programs, under the events and programs tab at the top of the page.