Brooke Pankonin | Johnson Publications

The first Toddler Time was held at Hastings Memorial Library on Feb. 21, where 24 infants and toddlers attended. 

Toddler Time kicks off at Hastings Memorial Library

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article explores literacy in the library, one of the three focuses of the new literacy initiative at the library. See upcoming issues for a more in-depth look at literacy at home and literacy in the community. 


Hastings Memorial Library recently announced a new literacy initiative being implemented through a Youth Grant for Excellence from the Nebraska Library Commission.

 The three main focus areas of the initiative include literacy at home, literacy in the library and literacy in the community. 

The first area to be highlighted is literacy in the library. Last Tuesday kicked off Toddler Time at the library, with 24 youngsters in attendance. 

Toddler time is a monthly library storytime geared towards children ages 18 to 36 months and their caregivers. The 45-minute program is an interactive parent/child storytime with age-appropriate books, songs, rhymes and fingerplays followed by free-play time with coloring pages, toys, puzzles and activities.

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