The Bedford Free Public Library seeks to offer an active schedule of programs appropriate for young children. Among these is STORYTIME.
Storytime is more than reading stories aloud; it is a lively, curiosity-sparking experience introducing and celebrating children's literature and making it accessible to groups of children. As such, it is always conducted by one of the professional children's librarians.
Demand for Storytime is very high. Thus a busy schedule of many different sessions for different ages at different times is planned and most storytimes require registration. Children may only register for one series at a time.
Storytimes are designed to meet the individual needs of the ages specified. A patron should only sign up for a series appropriate for his or her age group.
In the storytimes for children younger than 3 1/2, a parent or an adult care-giver must stay, and well-behaved siblings are welcome. While adults may sit in on the older Storytimes, siblings are not invited. Any exceptions are at the discretion of the children's librarians.
Storytimes are provided as a service to the community and there is no charge.
Children's programs at the Bedford Library are open to any children who use the library.
A patron may be asked to leave the storytime if the librarian judges that the patron's actions are interfering with the ability of others present to listen.
In an effort to keep waiting lists to a minimum, two shorter series may be offered back to back rather than one long one. The librarians may cancel a series when there is low enrollment in that time slot.
On a day when Bedford Elementary Schools are cancelled because of weather, so is Storytime, even if the library remains open.
Interpretation and application of this policy is at the discretion of the library.