Month: September 2013

Story Time

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Children listen to Miss Debbie read a story book
Children listen to Miss Debbie read a story book

Phoenix Public Libraries offer events called Story Time at many of their locations at various times. The Arcacia branch has a baby story time and a preschool story time on throughout the week .

Miss Debbi taught for 35 years in South Phoenix before becoming a librarian at the Arcacia branch. She and a couple other librarians take turns leading story time.

“The Fridays I have story time are my favorite days,” Miss Debbi said. “I still call of them my students.

Each story time leader has their own style in leading the group. One leader is much more laid back, Miss Debbi said. “I like doing something different every time.”

In today’s half an hour story time, Miss Debbi did everything from singing the abc’s, reading Olivia, doing the hokey pokey, and playing with a parachute.

Story time is an opportunity for children to have social interactions with other children before starting school. It is also an opportunity for parents and grandparent to engage with children.

“I try to get parents involved just as much as the kids,” Miss Debbi said.

Meg’s Library Survival Guide: Tempe

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Tempe LibraryTempe Public Libarary is one of eight local valley public libraries, including locations in Chandler, Glendale, and Mesa. Some Libraries like Phoenix and Scottsdale have multiple branches.

Tempe has one branch that is located at 3500 S. Rural Road. If you are in the Tempe area and are looking to get there by public transportation the library is a stop on the Orbit Transit, a free bus service connecting residential and shopping areas.

Most libraries are the same so that if you understand the inner workings of one you can basically find your way around the rest. Most libraries now have available for check out DVDs, CDs, magazines, Bestsellers, as well as nonfiction, fiction, large type and Spanish books. A lot of libraries even offer all these materials in a digital version that only require a library card.

Beyond the resources libraries offer, they also give an comfortable atmosphere available to the public. One of the most inviting atmosphere can be found at the Tempe Public Library.

Tempe Public Library Manager Sherry Waren says the Tempe Library is fun friendly atmosphere with something to offer everyone.

“People come for scones, coffee and to read the newspapers.”

Inside is a coffee shop called Tempe connections. They sell café items like coffee, smoothies, sandwiches and muffins. It has tables where food is allowed which pair nicely with the shelves of varieties of newspapers and magazines.

Tempe Connections
Tempe Connections

Current periodicals editions are available as well as up to a year of editions, so if you were bummed you missed the issue of Glamour that featured One Direction, don’t worry because the library has it available and can be checked out for 28 days.Magazine

The library is becoming a versatile location that accommodates social gatherings like meeting for coffee as well as meeting space and group study areas.

It is still offers an atmosphere of study, learning and knowledge. With the recent expansion to the library Warren says more seating and outlets were added to satisfy those looking for a space to study with their laptop or however they may chose.

“It’s not a shushing library anymore,” Waren said. But there is a Quiet Room that does not allow conversation, computers and is for those who want to sit in a quiet atmosphere

The library has events that hold book discussions, movie screenings and tutorials on computers and Internet use.

Warren is most proud of the children’s library. It is one of the largest that isn’t used for storage. The children’s library is located in the lower level of the Tempe Library. Just like the upstairs adult library there are computers for children to use. Shelves and comfy chairs that are short and easy for children to navigate.

There are sections of audio books, magazines and DVDs just for kids. Its also a great resource for teachers. I noticed a DVD of Grammar Schoolhouse Rock that I almost checked out.

Sections are divided into middle school, early reading and picture books. There is a play area perfect for parents to read aloud to kids.