Three-year old Robbie Somerville (right) with his younger brother one-year old Lachlan at an old tractor at the Stettler Town and Country Museum as part of the Read and Rhyme at the Museum program run by the Stettler Public Library on Friday

Three-year old Robbie Somerville (right) with his younger brother one-year old Lachlan at an old tractor at the Stettler Town and Country Museum as part of the Read and Rhyme at the Museum program run by the Stettler Public Library on Friday

Read and Rhyme hosted at the Museum

The Stettler Museum had toddlers and young kids attending Stettler Public Library’s Read and Rhyme event on Friday morning, July 29.

The Stettler Town and Country Museum had toddlers and young kids attending Stettler Public Library’s Read and Rhyme event on Friday morning, July 29 as Kayla Somerville engaged the kids in stories she hoped they would enjoy.

“The museum is a great venue for a children’s program and they’ve been wonderful in working with us,” said library manager Mary Zazelenchuk. “One of the core goals at the library is supporting early literacy and that means providing both regular programs and special events for young ones, from toddlers right up to five year olds, as well as supporting literacy in the community in general.”

Some of the ways the library achieves these goals is by continuing to hold Read and Rhyme on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. through the summer and giving free library memberships to children up to five years in age.

“This is funded from the Stettler Regional Early Child Development Committee,” Zazelenchuk added. “We also hold special events in the summer and throughout the year for this age group, so keep an eye out in August for a visit to the fire station as well. The library has other programs for older children as well, such as the TD Summer Reading Club, which I think is a great option.”

According to Zazelenchuk, the program has reading as the centrepiece, but there are a lot of other fun activities developed around it as well.

Every Friday at 2 p.m. throughout summer the library has a family activity open to all ages.

“Stettler and area kids should not forget about our special guest this Friday on Aug. 5 when Peter Puffin, a Juno award-winning children’s performer will be at the library,” said Zazelenchuk.