Story Time returns to library for month of celebrations

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Star Photo/Abby Morris-Frye  Some of the library's youngest patrons celebrated Curious George's 75th birthday during Story Time on Tuesday.

Star Photo/Abby Morris-Frye
Some of the library’s youngest patrons celebrated Curious George’s 75th birthday during Story Time on Tuesday.

Story Time has returned to the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library and September will be a month of birthday celebrations.
After the Summer Reading Program finished at the end of July, the Story Time program took a brief vacation. Tuesday marked the beginning of Story Time sessions for infants through preschool age children.
September is going to be a month of celebration for the program, said Children’s Librarian Ashlee Williams.
“Every week this month we have stuff to give away to celebrate birthdays,” Williams said.
On Tuesday, Story Time attendees celebrated the birthday of Curious George, who turns 75 years old this month.
The children kicked off the session in the traditional way, with a musical marching parade. The children then settled down as Williams read them a story about Curious George.
After the story, the children practiced stretching like the curious little monkey before coloring a special picture of George next to a birthday cake.
As their special present in honor of Curious George’s birthday, each child received a Curious George book of their very own to take home with them.
Next week, Story Time will celebrate the birthday of the Imagination Library program.
East Tennessee native Dolly Parton founded the Imagination Library program in her home county in 1995 and since then it has grown into a program that not only covers the United States from coast to coast, but also serves children in Canada and the United Kingdom.
To help the library celebrate Imagination Library Week, Williams said the national organization sent a box of goodies for the children at Story Time.
“They sent all kinds of stuff to give away — backpacks and books, and even rubber ducks,” Williams said.
For the final week in September, Story Time will celebrate the birthday of Brown Bear — best known from the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See — who is turning 50 years old this month.
Story Time sessions are held in the meeting room at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library each Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. All children are welcome and no reservations or sign ups are needed to participate.
For more information on Story Time or the other programs available at the library, contact the library at 423-547-6360.

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