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Colfax Library 'Storytime' event a big hit with kids

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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When it comes to their favorite books, children love playful and interactive stories.

The sillier the story, the better the kids like it, according to Amie Toepfer, the Colfax Library’s branch manager and head librarian.

“They love when a book allows them to be silly or allows the reader to be silly,” Toepfer said.

 One of Toepfer’s personal favorites is “Moo!,” by David LaRochelle.

“It is clever, but very simple. The kids laugh almost all the way through and ask to have it read again,” Toepfer said.

At the library’s Grinchmas Party and Storytime session on Dec. 16, the event attracted more than 28 adults and children.

When asked what they liked best about the library’s regular Friday Storytime sessions, Toepfer said children enjoy listening to stories, reading books and visiting with other children.

“I love all the crafts and books and my friends,” said 5-year-old Alice Stotts.

 Levi Massey, 5, said he likes getting to see his friends.

Annebell Mauck, 5, said she loves reading books and playing.  Her favorite book is “Fancy Nancy,” Annebell said.

Toepfer shared a list of her “new” favorite children’s books. 

“These books will please children of all ages,” Toepfer said. “They are fun to read and have great illustrations. Also, all of these (books) are available at the Colfax Library.”

The list includes:

  • “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae
  • “Everything” by Emma Dodd
  • “Kitty’s Cuddles” by Jane Cabrera
  • “If You’re a Monster and You Know It” by Rebecca Emberley
  • “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems
  • “Sylvie” by Jennifer Sattler
  • “The Adventures of Beekle” by Dan Santat
  • “Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit” by Catherine Rayner
  • “I Need My Monster” by Amanda Noll
  • “The Night World” by Mordicai Gerstein
  • “Matilda’s Cat” by Emily Gravett
  • “Big Smelly Bear” by Britta Teckentrop
  • “Rhyming Dust Bunnies” by Jan Thomas
  • “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” by Sherri Rinker
  • “Press Here” by Herve Tullet.

Serving as the Colfax Library’s branch manager for more than a year, Toepfer enjoys the Storytime events.

“There are so many things that I love about Storytime, but honestly, I love watching the kids get more and more comfortable in the library,” Toepfer said. 

Storytime teaches children early literacy skills, helps with social development, prepares them for school, “but most of all, it teaches them to be lifelong library users and supporters,” Toepfer said.

“Kids that I had at Storytime years ago still come into the library to say ‘Hi’ and check materials out,” Toepfer said. “Watching kids grow up but continue to love and use their library is (the) best.”

The Storytime program runs throughout the year every Friday, with exceptions for holidays. The next Storytime event will be held from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 6.

The Colfax Library offers two weekly Storytime sessions for children in different age groups, according to Toepfer.

  • Preschool Storytime: Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m.  This session features rhymes, songs, stories, movement, finger plays, flannel boards and a craft.  It is designed for ages 2 to 5.
  • Wee Read Baby Lapsit: Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  It is designed for children aged birth through 24 months, who are accompanied by their caregivers.  The session includes 30 minutes of interactive rhymes and lap bounces, stories and songs that teach children early literacy skills.  The event ends with Playtime, which is an opportunity for babies to play with one another with toys and stuffed animals that the library provides. Playtime session also allows time for caregivers to interact with one other.

The Colfax Library is at 10 West Church St. in Colfax. For more information about programs and library hours, visit the Placer County Library website at placer.ca.gov/library or call 346-8211.