Let’s Read (in our pajamas): PJ Storytime at Falls of Schuylkill Library

Wearing your pajamas while reading a book?  What could be more natural?
When I told my 3 year old that we were going to a pajama party at the library, she shrieked with glee.  Wearing pajamas outside of the house feels like one is breaking a taboo.  It also feels relaxing and comfortable!  This particular party took place on a Wednesday evening at the Falls of Schuylkill branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, in the East Falls section of the city.

Thanks to a calendar mailed to us by the children’s librarian, Liz, we were able to plan for this activity.  And as a parent who works outside the home, I appreciate the evening opportunity to participate in child-centered activities.  The children’s basement-level story room at the Falls’ library is very welcoming, with a colorful floor rug and engaging animal paintings on the wall.  3-D vines hang down from the ceiling, adding to the jungle-like atmosphere.

Liz is engaging and endearing, and she started out by reading Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day about Peter, the child who learns about the temporal nature of snowballs.  After Liz read a few more beautifully illustrated books about snow, winter, and bundling up, she invited us to do a little stretching/yoga, and I commented to my friend how wonderful it felt to stretch.  Afterwards, we had some time upstairs to choose our own books and play on the computers.

My only regret was neglecting to wear my own pjs!

The Falls of Schuylkill Branch of the Free Library is at 3501 Midvale Avenue (Warden Dr. & Midvale Ave.)
Other activities for parents/caregivers and children this month are Toddler Storytimes on February 5th and 19th at 10:15 a.m. for toddlers ages 15 months – 2 years, a Preschool Storytime on February 10th at 10:15 a.m. for ages 3-5, and Mother Goose Storytime on February 24th at 10:15 for ages 6-15 months.  This month’s pj storytime takes place on February 18th at 7:00 p.m. for ages 2-6.  Please call to confirm activities before going because of the uncertainties of staffing that the library now faces.

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