One Book Blair County presents "Good Books, Good Nights.'' The purpose of the program is to encourage consistent bedtimes for children and to promote shared reading at home in the hopes of fostering an early love of reading for the young children of Blair County.
The program was created by Penn State Altoona human development and family studies major Adrienne Brown, who is interning with the Altoona Area Public Library youth services.
Throughout March and April, various bedtime story events will be held throughout the county at local libraries.
Shown in the Altoona Area Public Library Youth Room are (from left): Jennifer Knisely, Altoona Area Public Library; Heather Harrington, Ronald McDonald House Charities Mid-Penn Region; Adrienne Brown, Penn State Altoona intern; and Tim Salony, Blair County Library System.
This parent-child interactive program will include a bedtime story time, bedtime craft, show and tell sharing portion and a 'bedtime' snack and information for parents.
Program content is geared for children ages 3 to 7; however, siblings are welcome.
Prizes will be given away, including a bedtime-themed children's book for every child participating.
Teddies and "lovies" are welcome and will also receive a recognition award. Free educational materials will be offered to parents.
All participants, children and caregivers alike are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas.
Miss Linda or Miss Jen, the library's "mad scientists,'' will be concocting take-home "anti-monster" and other special formula sprays for each child's unique bedtime needs.
In addition, a condensed version of this program will be implemented at various childcare centers throughout the county.
A special parent training titled "The Social Environment of Infant Sleep" will be presented by Penn State professor Douglas Teti at 6:30 p.m. April 5 in the Altoona Area Public Library theater.
The library plans to end the program with a family movie night at 5:30 p.m. April 14 in the library theater, where the movie "Bedtime Stories" will be shown.
All events are free and open to the public, but space is limited. It is recommended to call the library of your choice in advance.
Bedtime story times include:
Roaring Spring Community Library (224-2994) - 10 to 11 a.m. today.
Williamsburg Public Library (832-3367) - 9 to 10 a.m. March 30.
Bellwood-Antis Public Library (742-8234) -?6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 4.
Altoona Area Public Library (946-0417, ext 123) -?10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 15.
Hollidaysburg Area Public Library (695-5961) - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 16.
Martinsburg Community Library (793-3335) -?1:30 to 2:30 p.m. March 24.
Weekly story times are held:
Tyrone-Snyder Town-ship Public Library (684-1133) 1 to 2 p.m. each Tuesday.
Claysburg Area Public Library (239-2782) - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.each Wednesday through March 23.
The program was made possible by a donation of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Penn. Additional sponsors include Local Interagency Coordinating Council of Blair County, Usborne Books and the Wolf Kuhn Foundation.