Sound effects, such as thumping and swishing, fill the air during story time at Mason-Dixon Public Library in Stewartstown, said Carol Stampler, library director.
“When I’m in front of the kids, I like to do the voices of the characters and ham it up,” she said.
With nine years of reading to youngsters under her belt, Stampler knows how to engage young children in a book.
Photo credit Paul Kuehnel
“A lot is revealed on the title page about what will happen in the book.”
She tells moms to check out the title page first and ask your children questions about the pictures to get their imaginations flowing.
If you’re not sure what books to choose for your preschoolers, Stampler suggests starting with classics such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Guess How Much I Love You” and “Goodnight Moon.”
You can also ask the librarian for suggestions or ask your friends what books their children like, she said.
Her best advice is to look at the cover, then page through the book and see if it appeals to you. “A lot of people do judge a book by its cover,” Stampler said. “With children’s books, that’s pretty much the way you do it!”
To find out about story times at a library near you, visit the York County Library System Web site at www.yorklibraries.org.
Click on links to any of the 13 libraries or type a key word into the catalog to find books on any topic.
You can limit the search to children’s books or DVDs and even request a book from another library.
Looking for a good book for your child or yourself?
Check out these top picks from York County children’s librarians.
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
Any books by Dr. Seuss
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
Magic Treehouse series, by Mary Pope Osborne
Junie B. Jones series, by Barbara Park
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
“Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen
Ramona series, by Beverly Cleary
“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
“Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
Beverly Lewis series about the Lancaster County Amish
Janet Evanovich series
Sources: Carol Stampler, Mason-Dixon Public Library, Stewartstown; Beth Dunbar, Kaltreider-Benfer Library, Red Lion; George Matthew, Guthrie Memorial Library, Hanover; Dawn Stockbridge, Southern York County Library, Shrewsbury