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Welcome To The Joshua Hyde Library's

Story Time Registration
August 18-September 2, 2014
Program runs week of September 9 through week of November 17

Sprites:  18-30 months Tuesdays @ 10:45 a.m.
Pixies:  2.5-4.5 years Fridays @ 10:45 a.m.
Gnomes:  4.6-6 years Tuesdays @ 1:30 p.m.

Story Hour Registration and Guidelines
The goal of the Joshua Hyde Library children’s story times is to introduce,
explore, and cultivate a love of learning and literacy. We promote early literacy
and social skills programming that will be fun, memorable, and meaningful.
Residents of Sturbridge and surrounding communities are invited to register.
Participation in the Library’s story time programs will be limited to Sturbridge and
Fiskdale residents, however, if registration numbers warrant.
 Registration will be open for two weeks or longer. Registration forms will
be available at the library during open hours, or you can register online at
Select the age-appropriate registration tab.
 All children who are registered after the class is full will be placed on a
waiting list and contacted should an opening become available.
 Please be considerate of other families. Do not register if you cannot
regularly attend these programs. Our occasional drop-in story times may be
a better option for you.
 Do not force your child to attend story time. They should be emotionally
and behaviorally ready to participate. Story time should be a positive
experience for them. If you feel your child isn’ ready at this time, try the
next session.
The following rules apply to story time registration:
 Sturbridge/Fiskdale residents will be given priority.
 Each child will need to be registered separately; one registration per
child per lottery.
 Each child can only be registered for one program.
Once Story Times begin, please keep in mind:
 Promptness is greatly appreciated. Interruptions can upset some children’
mood and concentration.
 Toys and food are not allowed during story time. We will occasionally
enjoy snacks at special times of the year, however.
 Each story time involves age-appropriate activities. Each story time has a
certain number of places available in order that each child benefits from a
positive, meaningful program.
 Please participate! Your child IS learning by watching you! Sing and play
along with us! Otherwise, s/he may not fully enjoy themselves.
 Do not carry on personal conversations during story time. Turn off your cell
phones, as well. Again, your child is learning social skills (or lack thereof) by
watching and imitating your behavior. Give your child your undivided
attention and enjoy this special one-on-one time!
 If your child needs a break during story time to settle themselves, feel free
to leave the area and return when ready.
Weather Policy: If Sturbridge schools are closed, we will not be conducting story
times. Please call the library to check on evening or weekend events.
Attendance Policy: If your family is unable to attend a scheduled story time, you
must call the library (508/347-2512) to inform us of your absence. If your child
has two or more unexplained absences, he or she will be withdrawn from the
program. A child on the waiting list will then be invited to join the group.

All events and activities sponsored by the Friends of the Library unless noted otherwise.  We thank them sincerely!

Town of Sturbridge 308 Main Street, Sturbridge MA 01566
Phone: (508) 347-2500    Fax: (508) 347-5886
The Town of Sturbridge is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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