Library hosts Stella’s Story Hour

The Inter-Mountain photo by Bayli Helmick Children’s programmer Seanna Isenhart reads ‘Downhill Fun’ to children at a recent Stella’s Story Hour presented by the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library. After the reading, children were able to create their own adventurer and meet with Stella the Guinea pig.

ELKINS — Children gathered inside the Elkins-Randolph County Library on a recent snowy morning to listen to a book reading and meet the library’s Guinea pig, Stella, at Stella’s Story Hour.

Children were greeted by children’s programmer Seanna Isenhart, who read the book, “Downhill Fun” by Michael Dahl.

Children were able to participate in counting along with the sleigh riding and sledding story, along with learning facts about winter activities.

After the reading, children were able to color and dress their own snow adventurer and read to Stella.

Stella’s Story hour is currently offered every Friday and typically offers a reading that follows the library’s monthly theme.

Since the beginning of October, Isenhart has coordinated Stella’s Story Hours, along with choosing books and crafts that follow.

Isenhart explained that Stella’s Story Hour prepares children for reading at an early age, which helps them develop other skills that help them flourish later in life, including communicating with others.

Former Elkins resident Melissa Terry, who now lives in Lexington, Kentucky, was visiting with family recently and decided to bring her children to Stella’s Story Hour. Terry said she hoped to create nice memories with her children.

“I hope that they will continue to have a love of books and reading, and remember visiting the library that I went to when I was a little girl,” Terry stated.