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Toddler Time encourages WNC children to develop a love for reading

Buncombe County Public Libraries' Toddler Times are interactive story times for children ages 18 months to 3 years. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Books stir the senses and imagination. Developing a love for reading early can set children up for school and help lay the basis for success beyond school.

And a local library system aims to help with that.

Buncombe County Public Libraries' Toddler Times are interactive story times for children ages 18 months to 3 years.

"What kind of bug could be purple? A butterfly. A butterfly, good job, you got it," Ryan Kampert said during Toddler Time at Weaverville Library.

Toddler Time at Weaverville Library, and other Buncombe County libraries, encourages children to read.

Kampert was using books to help toddlers learn their colors. They also learned to identify animals. Some, like a panda, they've never seen before.

During the 30-minute session, kids also get to socialize and make new friends. And get their own library cards.

Toddler Time is just one of the many programs at the library that's offered free of charge each week.

"We do everything from 6 months old, although our youngest is just 5 days, she came in a couple of days ago, through pre-school, kindergarten. And then we tend to loose them a little bit because of schoo. But then we have our after-school programs that go all the way through elementary school, and then we hope to be starting up a teen group in the fall," Kampert said.

There are 11 branch libraries located throughout Buncombe County. Pack Memorial Library is in downtown Asheville. Every branch offers free programs for children and adults.

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