Children’s Programming at the Sikeston Public Library
Preschool Storytime
Our children’s programming is designed and implemented by our children’s librarian Ann Thompson. A variety of programs at the library and off-site are offered on an on-going basis.

Each Wednesday morning that the library is open, we host a preschool storytime at 10 a.m.  Each week, Miss Ann chooses a different theme around which she presents age-appropriate stories, crafts and activities for those attending. Holidays throughout the year offer special opportunties for fun. Wednesday morning storytime is open to all, and no pre-registration is required to attend.

During the school year, Miss Ann presents a series of Family Nights beginning in October. These programs are designed for children and their famililes to enjoy.  

A program for children in preschool is typically offered on the first Monday night of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  (Holidays and other events may result in changes to this schedule.) These programs are traditionally hosted in partnership with the Parents as Teachers programs of the Sikeston Public Schools. Lasting approximately an hour, these programs offer stories, crafts and refreshments centered around a common theme for the month. Previous themes have included nursery rhymes, trains, dinosaurs, and many other age-appropriate themes.

A similar program for students in kindergarten through third grade is typically offered on the second Monday night of the month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Holidays and other events may result in changes to this schedule.)  Previous year’s themes include stories from the Magic School Bus

School VisitDates and times of these programs are publicized in a variety of way — flyers to daycares, preschools and schools, news releases to the newspaper, flyers in the library, and announcements on our Facebook page. Because of limited seating, we do require reservations for Family Night programming.  Reservations are generally opened two weeks before the program date.

In addition of offering programs at the library, we often host school visits at the library for students of all ages, such as the kindergarten group pictured to the left. These visits range from a storytime and craft, to lessons on how to use the library, to scavenger hunts that familiarize students with the resources of the library.

If the children can’t come to us, Miss Ann will come to them! She can often be seen with her “Stories to Go” bag, visiting preschool programs and schools.

One of the most highly anticipated programs of the year may be our annual Summer Reading Program, which runs from late June through early August. Children from preschool through high school are invited to the library to participate in a weekly program of stories, crafts, games, and refreshments. We realize that summer is a busy time for many families, so these programs are designed so that children do not have to be at every program to participate.  Children who read a specified number of books during the summer can choose from our prize box upon completion of a reading log. In addition, a big Summer Reading Party is held in early August to wrap up a summer of fun.

Other special programs may be scheduled and are publicized through the same methods as our Family Nights.

This page created on June 26, 2014