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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Free Storytimes at Lewisville Library and Barnes and Noble Bookstore

Here in Winston we are so lucky to have many free activities for our children to partake in. One of my favorites is a good story time with a craft or some other activity as the finale. So far my two little ones (keep in mind one is 3 and the other is 18 months) have been to the Lewisville Library and the Barnes and Noble bookstore on Hanes Mall Blvd. Both of the sessions that we attended were in the morning at 10:00 or 10:30 because after that my children turn into miniature squashes in the progression of becoming pumpkins the closer it gets to their 12:00-12:30 nap time.

For starters, there is no need to rush since neither venue got overly crowded. This is always a plus for us since we seem to be screeching tires regardless of the occasion. The library seemed to have fewer distractions for the kids so from what I could tell more kids actually sat down and listened to the story from start to finish. That is not to say that we did not observe any of the more curious varietal of child at the library but given the more controlled environment I think that it was a best case scenario. At Barnes and Noble there is so much fun stuff to do that a child can more easily find their attention being grabbed by a stuffed animal on a display or a puzzle on a shelf; but isn’t this what we love about that place?? Just sayin’.

In the Lewisville Library the set up was so that all children sat on the floor and there were some available chairs for adults to sit in (my kids pay better attention if I sit with them so that is what I would recommend). In the bookstore the reader was on the stage in the back making it more beneficial for kids to sit on the benches so that the smaller ones could see.
Each venue had a craft associated with the story. Both were great. They made sunglasses at Barnes and Noble and a sun at the library. The fact that they did anything like that at an event that does not charge was enough to make me want to go.

All in all both were great and did I mention that they were completely, absolutely, undoubtedly, astronomically FREE?!?!?! So who can complain?

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