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Dog Ears Bookstore presents bedtime stories

BY: Catherine Miller | November 15, 2012

SOUTH BUFFALO - Nestled in the upstairs child’s room of the Dog Ears Bookstore each Thursday evening are a group of children, some in pajamas, some snuggling their favorite stuffed animal, and all of them carrying a book that they chose as they walked in the door.

It’s story time.

As the cold weather comes upon us and children are more inclined to spend time inside the house, and parents are seeking alternatives to a nightly television ritual, the weekly Thursday evening meeting at the Dog Ears bookstore is a wonderful night out option.

Mr. Tom, Ms. Eileen and Ms. Lynn rotate as the weekly storytellers. The books read each week are chosen by the children attending the story hour, and each child is excited to hear his or her book read aloud to the group.

The children had the fortunate opportunity to recently hear Ms. Eileen read Jez Alborough’s “Hug” along with several other favorite books.

The children laughed and interacted as Ms. Eileen dramatized the books, left time for questions and answers with the youngsters, and taught a bit of Swahili to the kids, just to keep it interesting.

“Bedtime Stories” is held each Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dog Ears Bookstore for children aged 4 to 8 years old, and is a free, family fun hour where children are encouraged to come in their pajamas with their favorite blanket or stuffed animal.

Younger children may enjoy the Friday morning “Puppy Tales” program offered in six-week sessions at the bookstore at 10:15 on Friday mornings.

There is a nominal cost for the “Puppy Tale” program which includes a craft session and reading time.

A nutritious snack is also provided each week.

Further information is available on their website at www.dogearsbookstore.org.

The Dog Ears Bookstore, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, is a not-for-profit neighborhood bookstore and is part of the Enlightenment Literary Arts Center. Any book can be ordered through the bookstore for your personal or gift giving needs, and all proceeds assist in building the bookstore and literary center.

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