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Buncombe County program strives to instill a love of reading early

(Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A local library system is using traditional nursery rhymes and stories to help children develop a love for reading.

Mother Goose Time at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville is a program for little ones ages 4 months to 18 months.

Nursery rhymes and repetition help with early language development. During the group program, the children hear many sounds and words. They also learn to identify different parts of their body, like their fingers and toes.

Librarian Abby Moser says it's wonderful to watch the children develop a love for the library.

"Oh, I've been doing story time now for 12 years, and they go from baby story time to toddler story time and they know what is happening. They know the library is where they are coming to have a good time," Moser said. "They have that really great positive association with being at the library and books were something that made them feel good, and they remember that from babyhood."

Music is also an important part of the program the children truly seem to enjoy.

Buncombe County libraries offer story times for children 4 months old to kindergarten throughout the year. Click here for more information about the free children's programs offered by Buncombe County libraries.

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