July 3, 2023 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Patterson Library
40 S Portage St
Westfield NY
Lauren Abbott

Mondays at 11 am from July 3 – August 7

After stories and songs together, kids will have a snack and do a craft with volunteers while caregivers have their own casual activity in another room. Story time is focused towards ages 3-6, but open to all audiences. Supplies are limited and given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Story Time schedule:

July 3rd:
Theme: “Octopus,” with treats from Wanderlust Custard
Adult activity: Guest visit with Ericca Caccamise of Wanderlust Custard: Identifying, living, and learning with a dyslexic child.

My son was identified at age 7, after they wanted him to repeat kindergarten.  We would not do that.  He went on to become an honors student in high school with no IEP needed.  He became a state champion in wrestling in high school.  Not only did he become an Athletic All-American in College, but additionally, an Academic All-American, and obtained Dean AND PRESIDENT List Status multiple times.”

July 10th:
Theme: “Water” with Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy
Adult activity: The LakeScapes program with Carol Markham from Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty, and ecological health of the lakes, streams, wetlands and watersheds of the Chautauqua County region.

July 17th:
Theme: Author Lynda Graham-Barber reads her book, 10 Dragon Eggs
Adult activity: Guest visit with Lynda Graham-Barber

Lynda is the author of 17 books, 15 for children.  Her picture book Say Boo! is a Scholastic Book Club Selection.  The American Institute of Graphic Artists selected The Kit Furniture Book as one of its “50 Best Books of the Year,” and KokoCat Inside and Out garnered a Silver Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.  Lynda holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Visit Lynda’s website.

July 24th:
No story time

Chris Centi at Centi Astro-Space Activities offers hands-on programs for children and adults exploring the exciting topics of Astronomy and Space Exploration. Visit Chris Centi’s website.

July 31st:
Theme: Illustrator Cheryl Beilli reads The Boy Who Never Threw Anything Out
Adult activity: Art activity with Cheryl Beilli

Cheryl Bielli is the illustrator of two children’s books, The Boy Who Never Threw Anything Out (Crave Press, 2022) and Henry Didn’t Listen (Crave Press, 2023), and like Tommy, the hero in the first book, she has been collecting materials and making messes from a young age.

A NYS certified art teacher, Cheryl has taught art in public schools and private settings and illustrated for national trade magazine, tabloids and businesses. Since 2012, she has owned and operated Mrs. B’s Petite Galerie & Studio in Gloversville, NY and free-lances from her current home at nearby Peck’s Lake in the Southern Adirondacks.

August 7th:
Theme: Oceans of Possibilities with Chautauqua Opportunities Inc
Adult activity topic: Services offered to families through Chautauqua Opportunities

Chautauqua Opportunities (COI) is a non-profit organization that provides direct services and support for education, employment, and family support services for low-income families. COI currently works with customers in the areas of: housing, health, child care, child and youth development, financial literacy, and small business development.

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