Storytimes at your Abilene Public Library are more than just youth services staff sharing stories with your children. It’s true that libraries value literacy and instilling a love of reading and books in youth to serve them well throughout their lives, but these sessions also help kids learn about the world around them, as well as themselves.
In September, we partnered with the Noah Project to offer a special storytime, titled Stories & More, designed to not only offer a storytime session to youth, but to also help to teach them about issues that concern kids today. Hosted at the South Branch Library on September 13, youth came out for a storytime session led by staff from the Noah Project that taught kids about the importance of knowing their self-worth.
This was achieved through sharing the story “The Lion Inside” by Rachel Bright, which shared the story of a little mouse that decides to seek lessons in roaring from a mighty lion. However, the lion just happens to be afraid of mice, but despite their differences, the two become good friends. Following the story, the Noah Project led kids in a fun craft activity, making their own lion manes, to help reinforce the story they heard…while encouraging them to do some roaring of their own like the little mouse.
Starting in October, the Noah Project will continue to make monthly visits to the library, visiting each location to lead additional storytimes covering more topics important to youth. For October, which is recognized as National Bullying Month, the Noah Project will highlight the importance of treating others with kindness.
Sessions will be hosted on three Wednesdays including the South Branch Library on October 11, the Mockingbird Branch on October 18, and then the Main Library on October 25. All sessions will run at 2:00PM and last 30-45 minutes. Sessions will continue each month through the end of the school year, with each session focusing on a different topic relating to youth and their feelings.
We hope you take advantage of this new series, in partnership with the Noah Project.
About the Noah Project: The mission of Noah Project is empowering victims to become survivors, and working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Noah Project is at the center of care for victims of family violence, serving ten counties in West Central Texas.