Tegan Davis, Park City Library’s youth services librarian, programs all the children story times offered by the Park City Library. (Courtesy of Tegan
Tegan Davis, Park City Library's youth services librarian, programs all the children story times offered by the Park City Library. (Courtesy of Tegan Davis)
When the Park City Library temporarily moved to Miners Hospital so the Park City Education Center could undergo renovations, some adjustments had to be made.

Not only did the staff have to plan for shelves and racks for the thousands of books and hundreds of magazines, but Tegan Davis, the youth services librarian, had to rethink how she would host her story times for children.

"All the programs are being held in the basement of Miners Hospital," Davis told The Park Record. "The new place is much smaller than where we were, but the basement of Miners Hospital is where the children's library is, so I just push back the Smart Table to give us more space."

All of Davis' story times, which are free, are back in full swing, she said '

They include:

  • Baby and Me at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. on Wednesdays

  • Music and Movement at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays

  • Preschool Story Times at 10 a.m. on Thursdays

  • Toddler Time at 11 a.m. on Thursdays

    During Baby and Me, Davis reads stories from short books and leads a play time or social hour.

    "This is the time where babies can have the opportunity to interact with each other," Davis said. "It also give moms and caretakers some a adult time to chat with each other."

    Music and movement centered on dancing.

    "We use different props to dance with, including scarves, bells and shakers," she said. "We do take a 10- to 15-minute book break and read a story, but then once that's done, we go back to dancing.



    The Preschool and Toddler Time story times not only feature book readings and singing, but also, depending on the age, special crafts.

    "The story times are presented by themes, because it's easier for the preschoolers and toddlers to get into it," Davis explained "It give a little more structure, so the craft enforces what we read about in the stories, so the crafts always relate to the stories and songs in some way. For example, we read books on frogs one day, so we did a frog craft."

    The crafts will also help the children hone different developmental skills, Davis explained.

    "For the frog craft, we worked on scissor skills," she said. "We also worked with the children's dexterity with glue sticks."

    While the story times are designed for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, older siblings are welcome to attend with their parents as well.

    "Everyone is invited to these sessions," Davis said. "It's just whatever fits people's schedules."

    Also, having older children in attendance has its benefits.

    "The younger children tend to look up to the older kids and they mimic them," Davis said. "So they learn things quicker."

    Davis says her two years as the youth services librarian have been rewarding.

    "I get to meet families and watch their children develop and grow, which is really exciting," she said. "I really enjoy fostering early literary skills within the community to help develop these children so they are school ready so eventually they will become engaged citizens."

    For more information about the Park City Library story times, visit www.parkcitylibrary.org.