The Columbus Public Library is taking their monthly family storytime to the next level with local storytelling artist, Karen Wendt. An experienced children’s librarians and masterful storyteller, Wendt’s “Stories off the Shelf” storytime will include puppet plays with great picture book stories and interactive storytelling. Families will get creative with a make-your-own-puppet craft at the end of the programs. Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring their adults and older siblings. The event is on Monday, March 25, from 6-7pm.
By retelling stories with puppets, you foster your child's imagination. Retelling a story helps children increase vocabulary and recall what is happening in the story, therefore developing a sense of story structure. Children also learn narrative skills and become more accurate in their understanding of a story. This is a very important step in developing the early literacy skills that children need when they learn to read. The library will have some great books available for checkout after the program so that you can go home and perform puppet shows together. “Stories off the Shelf” builds the foundation for teaching families how to take storybooks to the next level, encouraging families to retell a story using various media and techniques, but most of all, how to have fun with reading