GREENFIELD — She twirls, takes a bow and beams every time she looks at her mom.
For 3-year-old Evie Piercy, story times at the Hancock County Public Library are a special weekly play date, complete with crafts, songs and dancing.
But mom Marli knows it’s about much more than just fun and games. With a knack for playing along and encouraging her daughter – even if it means making silly faces in public – Marli is getting her toddler ready for kindergarten by developing an excitement for reading.
Librarians and teachers alike say old-fashioned nursery rhymes and fairy tales mixed in with a few goofy songs are key in helping young children prepare for school. But even as regular story times at the library offer plenty of opportunity for children to learn, parental participation is the most important tool in gearing them up for success.
“Everything we’re doing is setting them up for kindergarten so they’re ready to read,” said Cathy Riley, youth services manager at the library.