Joeten-Kiyu Public Library launches Early Literacy and Children’s Story Hour

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(JKPL) — On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library launched Early Literacy Story Hour and Children’s Story Hour class, which is sponsored by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council’s Motheread/Fatheread CNMI.

Certified Teachers of the Motheread/Fatheread CNMI facilitate fun-filled Story Hour classes which are a combination of two amazing literacy programs — Motheread/Fatheread CNMI’s Story Exploring Class with Joeten-Kiyu Public Library’s Read Aloud.

Classes are offered daily for the community.

More than 70 children and their parents/guardians have participated and/or registered for the 2020 Summer Reading Program’s Story Hour classes.

Valid Joeten-Kiyu Public Library card is required. Limited seats are available. First registered, first served. Interested participants are invited to contact the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library by appointment only at 235-7315/7322/7323 (READ) during our library hours of operation: Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

The Early Literacy and Children’s Story Hour utilizes Motheread/Fatheread CNMI’s Story Exploring model — designed for children from birth through age 11 — uses multicultural award-winning children’s books to build reading and critical thinking skills. This curriculum uses targeted reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities to foster problem solving, increase comprehension, and nurture a love of books.

Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Cat in the Hat courtesy of Lady Diann Torres Foundation were the special guests at the Children’s Story Hour in the public library. JKPL photo

Children learn vocabulary and how to interpret stories using props, games, songs, and other activities to make reading fun.

Children and their parents/guardians enjoyed listening and watching children’s librarian/certified teacher Rosalinda Ulloa and Bookmobile supervisor/certified teacher Leoralynn S. Terlaje present Early Literacy and Children’s Story Hour class. Moreover, specials guests Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Cat in the Hat courtesy of Lady Diann Torres Foundation made surprise appearances throughout the week.

Families were ecstatic for the Story Hour class which includes a Motheread/Fatheread CNMI Learning Package to Go to take home and create stories and bonding experiences with their children.

Families expressed their gratitude for this remarkable community program by saying:

“Thank you!”

“Very good program!” “Great job!”

“Thank you very much!”

“We just want to express our gratitude for making programs for kids during these hard times. Thank you. Thank you for being open, offering activities to keep kids busy. I wish other kids’ facilities on Saipan could follow your example! Thank you very much to the library team! Great job!”

“[I] learned more!”

“Her sister had the read aloud and shared with her brother.”

“My daughter enjoyed the goodies we got in the Story Hour! She got one activity book, crayons and coloring pages. Thank you. She’s excited of what she will be learning and getting today!”

“Her sister heard the read aloud and shared the story with her brother.”

“Cayli shared the story with his brother Caleb and was able to understand and do his packet.”

“Kids loved the teddy bears [craft]. Loved coloring and using the big triangle crayons from the library.”

“Great program!”

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