Under the direction of Library Volunteer Coordinator Janie Perrone, parent volunteers have made it possible for the Legner Learning Village Library to stay open every "B" rotation day from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. for Family Library Time.
"Although the library is currently open many days after school, because of my unpredictable duty and meeting schedule, it's not always possible to check out books or fully enjoy the space," said Librarian Sarah FitzHenry.
"But thanks to the amazing dedication of our St. Anne's-Belfield School parent volunteers, families have a special time to enjoy our engaging, diverse, and exciting collection together in one of our campus' most beautiful and inviting spaces!"
To assist families with finding great read-aloud books, FitzHenry has created a Family Library Time display and hopes that patrons will borrow a book for their family and replace it with one of their own favorites.
A parent volunteer will be available each session to help check out books, or parents can simply search for their last names to access accounts. There is no limit to the number of books that can be borrowed, and no overdue fines will be charged. Food and water are allowed in the library, and students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on campus after 3:35 p.m.
"The main goals of the program are to encourage a love of reading and to help build community at the School," said Perrone. "Parents can browse the shelves with their kids and check out books under the parent's name. The parent book limit is flexible and there are no fines. The kids are also welcome to get started on homework, chit chat about the day or just simply find a cozy place to read on their own."
If there is enough interest in Family Library Time, sessions may become available on other rotation days as well. Parents interested in volunteering with the program can do so via SignUpGenius.