ah library interiorATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The popularity of story time hours at the Atlantic Highlands branch of the Monmouth County Library has resulted in an additional story time session for babies ten months to two years old, Branch Manager Jane Reynolds announced.

“Each of the story times is a popular program,” Reynolds explained, “but so many parents and caregivers are attending the program for babies that we have added an extra session to accommodate the crowd comfortably.”

Baby Storytime is geared for babies between ten and 24 months of age with parent and/or caregiver in attendance. The time is generally dedicated to enabling the child and caregiver alike to enjoy nursery rhymes, music, finger plays and playtime and lasts 30 minutes. Baby Storytime is offered Wednesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 9:30 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. so attendees can select which time is most convenient.

In addition to Baby Storytime, special programs are offered for toddlers, between two and three years of age with a parent or caregiver on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. and concentrate on stories and song.

Preschool programs, for children between three and a half and five years of age, are held on Thursdays Jan. 5, 19 and 26 at 4 p.m., with a concentration on story time, crafts, and special guests during the half hour program; programs for school age youngsters, including kindergarten, are every Thursday from 3:15 to 3:50 p.m. when a variety of different activities is offered.

The local library also offers a Lego Storytime Club for children in kindergarten and older on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 3:15 p.m. when guests can build a LEGO creation. A DUPLO Storytime will be held the same day at 4 p.m. to enable children between the ages of three and five to hear a story and build a DUPLO creation. No registration is needed for either program and LEGO and DUPLO bricks will be supplied.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, children four years of age and older will be able to practice reading skills and share picture books with trained therapy dogs beginning at 3:15 pm.

On Thursday, Jan. 19, at 3:15 p.m., children in kindergarten and older are invited to make their own marshmallow snowmen to take home and enjoy. Although no registration is required, parents of children with any allergies to food products should alert library staff in advance.

All programs take place in the activity room of the Library. For information on this and all programs at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters and its 13 branches, visit www.monmouthcountylib.org or contact the Atlantic Highlands branch at 732-291-1956.