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Here is our Storytime Schedule. Benton's storytimes start back in September. Bryant's storytimes will start back in October.  

Benton:
Mondays @ 10:00 AM-Toddler Storytime with Mrs. Wendy

Join Mrs. Wendy for a weekly story time designed for toddlers that  features songs, a flannel story, board books, and fun with egg shakers,  rhythm sticks, and toys.  This story time is designed for children 1-3 years old, but older and younger children are welcome.

Tuesdays @ 9:30 AM-Baby Storytime

Caregivers and infants are invited to join us for baby storytime  beginning Tuesday, September 4th. We will enjoy songs, rhymes,  fingerplays, stories, and play! 0-18 months

Watch a Baby Storytime

Thursdays @ 10:30 AM-Preschool Storytime

This storytime is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 5 and it will help prepare your little ones for  kindergarten. We'll learn and practice the skills needed to succeed in  school and have fun at the same time! We will enjoy songs, stories, crafts, other activities and meet new friends every week!

Watch a Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10:30 AM-Let's Get the Rhythm

In this  lively and interactive storytime, we'll hear stories and create  accompanying music with shakers, rhythm sticks, drums, castanets and  other instruments to practice early literacy and math skills in creative and musical new ways. This program is intended for ages 3-5, but  everyone is welcome to join in on the fun!

Bryant:

Beginning in October:

Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM-Preschool Storytime

Young children will have fun learning early literacy concepts through stories, songs, and activities.
Best for children ages 3-5.

Wednesdays @ 9:30 AM-Baby and Me Storytime

Engage your little one by talking, singing, and playing with activities specifically designed to encourage early growth and development. Best for babies 0-18 months.

Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM-Toddler Storytime

Engage your toddler's natural energy and curiosity as they explore early learning concepts
through movement, music, stories, and play. Best for 18 months- 3 year olds.


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Here is a list of some of our favorites!

Songs and rhymes for babies:

Pat a Cake

Pat a cake, pat a cake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Rolllllllll it. And paaaaaat it. And mark it with a B.
And toss it in the oven for baby and me!

Where, oh where, are baby's fingers?

Where, oh where, are baby's fingers?
Where, oh where, are baby's toes?
Where's the baby's bellybutton?
Round and round it goes!

Where, oh where, are baby's ears?
Where, oh where, is baby's nose?
Where's the baby's bellybutton?
Round and round it goes!

Peek a boo

Peek a boo, peek a boo
I see you! I see you!
I see your little nose, and your little toes.
Peek a boo, peek a boo.

Tick tock

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock, now I’m striking one o’clock. Cuckoo!
(repeat for two and three o’clock)

What shall we do with a tiny baby?

What shall we do with a tiny baby? What shall we do with a tiny baby?
What shall we do with a tiny baby? Early in the morning.
Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby. Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby.
Hug and squeeze and kiss the baby. Early in the morning.
Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby. Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby.
Hoppity hop, bounce-along baby. Early in the morning.
Yippee-yi-yay! Up goes baby! Yippee-dee-yay! Up goes baby!
Yippee-yi-yay! Up goes baby! Early in the morning.

Toddler and preschool songs and rhymes:

Roly poly

Roly poly, roly poly, up up up, up up up! (circle arms over each other moving upwards)
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, down down down, down down down.
Roly poly, roly poly, out out out, out out out!
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, down in in in, in in in.
Roly poly, roly poly, fast fast fast, fast fast fast!
Roly poly poly, roly poly poly, slow slow slow, slow slow slow.

Hurry, Hurry

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (Hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder (Pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, squirt the water (Pretend to spray hose)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Slowly, slowly, back to the station (Lean slowly to the left and right)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Zoom, zoom, zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
(clap hands rhythmically)
We’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’ll be there very soon
If you'd like to take a trip, clim aboard my rocket ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
we're going to the moon
In 5…4…3…2…1…Blast off! (jump up and blast off)

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Unattended Child Policy


The library welcomes children of all ages. Our goal is to provide a clean, safe, comfortable and welcoming environment for all library users.

To ensure the safety of children in the library, the following rules are in effect:


Parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for ensuring appropriate behavior and safety of their children at all times while in the Library and on Library property. Jumping on or excessively moving furniture and disruptive behavior are not acceptable. Children are required to act in a manner appropriate to the use and function of the Library.


Children younger than five (5) years of age such as those attending the Lapsit, Toddler Time or Storytimes must be accompanied by an adult at all times and throughout all programs.


Children five (5) years old and older may attend staff-supervised programs alone on library property while their supervisory adult makes personal use of library facilities and services without leaving the property. Tween and teen late night programs are the only exception.


Children ages twelve (12) and younger should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or caregiver at all times (Arkansas Code Annotated 5-27-203). Young children cannot be left in the Children’s Library while the adult browses other areas of the library, unless they are in a staff-supervised program and are of the appropriate age as described above.


Older children and adolescents who come to the Library without a parent, guardian, or caregiver are welcome for appropriate use of the Library, such as homework, reading or attending programs.


Parents and caregivers must be aware of library hours, and make suitable arrangements to meet and/or transport their children. Prior to closing, staff will walk through the library to secure it. If a child age 12 or younger is left unaccompanied at closing time, every effort will be made to ascertain the situation and assist the child in calling his/her parent/guardian/caregiver to arrange for transportation. If there is no contact within 15 minutes, the Library will call police for assistance. Two staff members will remain with the child until the police or parent/guardian/caregiver arrives to transport the child. A note documenting the situation will be placed in the child and/or parent’s library record.