CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — A new children’s program from the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library will brighten the late summer doldrums by getting librarians out to the community’s parks for storytime readings.
Pop-up Story Time is just that, librarians will pop up at a different park in the community each Wednesday afternoon throughout August for a storytime reading. The half-hour-long programs will allow pre-school and early elementary school students to gather around to hear a story. If the mood is right and the weather holds, there may even be a sing-along or two.
The idea is to get some face time with the younger folks while sharing a pleasant, unexpected activity. The program also gives the librarians a chance to let the young ones know about the library; where it is, and what it does. And for those parents or grandparents chaperoning the kids, the librarians will be reaching out to them also letting them know about the library and all its programs.
“It’ll be low key,” said librarian Barbara Reese. “We’re going to go out and meet people where they are and read some stories and share information with them on the library. We’re targeting areas where families would gather.”
The programs will be held 1 p.m. on Aug. 7, Aug. 14, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28 at a different location each week within the library district. The locations will be announced the day before each program on the library’s Facebook page.
“We don’t want people to show up and be waiting for us and have a thunderstorm come through, and that keeps us from going out,” Reese said. “We’ll watch the weather forecasts and put the location up on Facebook each Tuesday. People can also give us a call on Tuesday to find out where we’ll be the following day.”
Reese said parks that have amusements already in place for the young ones to enjoy are the perfect locations for Pop-up Story Time.
“We’re planning on going out to places where the kids would be any way at that time of day,” she said. “The stories will just add to the atmosphere and the enjoyment of the park. When we’re through, we can talk with them and with the adults about the library. Sometimes you find people who used to go to their library years ago and for whatever reason, they’ve stopped going. Libraries have changed a lot recently, and that’s part of the plan; let them know what we offer. We’re always looking for ways to reach the community.”