Registration begins Tuesday for the Ascension Parish Library’s popular Spring Storytime programs.

Through its seasonal Storytime series, the Ascension Parish Library introduces young children to letters, words and sounds through a variety of fun-filled programs designed to help foster early literacy skills, a news release from the library states.

Four types of Storytime programs are offered based on the needs of the developing child.

  • Lap-sit Storytime focuses on the needs of babies from birth through crawling. It introduces simple rhymes, songs and books to stimulate babies with rhythmic language and sensory stimuli. A parent or caregiver must attend Lap-sit Storytime with the baby.
  • Toddler Storytime is for children from walking through age 2. It introduces new words and ideas through simple books, rhymes and fingerplays. A parent or caregiver must attend Toddler Storytime with the child.
  • Preschool Storytime is for children ages 3 through 5. These half-hour programs include stories, songs, poetry and active play. Preschool children attend these sessions without the assistance of an adult to help foster the preschooler’s growing need for independence. A preschool child must reach the age of 3 by Feb. 6 to participate in this series.
  • Bilingual Storytime is for children of all ages who speak Spanish, English or both. These Storytime programs are interactive half-hour sessions with stories, songs and fingerplays at which everything will be read in both English and in Spanish. This will introduce Spanish speakers to the English language and introduce English speakers to the Spanish language. Parents are invited to attend Bilingual Storytime with their children.

Parents can register their children in advance by either calling or visiting the library. Call the Gonzales branch at (225) 647-3955; in Donaldsonville, (225) 473-8052; Galvez, (225) 622-3339, or Dutchtown, (225) 673-8699.

Visit the library’s website for a schedule of the programs.