Time for a story

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
It has been the question most frequently asked by patrons of the Southwest Public Libraries: When is Storytime coming back? Throughout the pandemic, youth service librarians at the Grove City Library and the Westland Area Library have been hosting the popular program virtually but they have recently transitioned to in-person setting – albeit in a location outdoors. Weather permitting, the Grove City Library will host Storytime at the Town Center Park at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays while the Westland Area Library will host their Storytime event on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Carl Frye Park and at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Prairie Township Community Center. The outdoor program will run through October. The library will post cancellations on their website (swpl.org) and Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The staff hope to be able to transition to in-person indoor events in November. Pictured here, Jess Smith, a youth services assistant at the Westland Area Library reads “I Went Walking” by Sue Williams to a group of children at Carl Frye Park on Sept. 29. She said she was thrilled to be able to bring Storytime back to the children in the community.
Kathy Cothern and her granddaughter, Hallee Kendrick, have fun playing with the colorful scarves provided by the library. In addition to reading to children, the staff also sing songs and encourage movement.

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