PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Attendance at Mount Pleasant Library children’'s programs is up 50 percent in 2015.
On any weekday morning, the Mount Pleasant Public Library is overflowing with excitement. Between 10 and 11:30 a.m., young children flock to the library to see Miss Debbie -- Debbie Jordan -- the reigning queen of storytime.
The increase means about 12,000 attendees.
Jordon, who has been a fixture at the library for over 20 years, runs daily storytimes for infants and their caregivers, toddlers, and preschool children. Storytimes take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Main Library in Pleasantville, and Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Valhalla Branch Library.
They run throughout the year, except for school breaks and two weeks at the end of the summer -- that's over 500 sessions.
Jordon also runs a storytime playgroup on Thursday afternoons for kids from 1-4 years old and an Explorers Club for 5-7-year-olds, every other Wednesday afternoon during the school year. This club includes hands-on activities involving science, art and math.
Jordon's enthusiasm and joy are reflected back in thousands of happy faces each year, as children listen, sing, dance and get excited about books and reading. Library Director John Fearon says, "It's great to see so many children coming into the Library where they begin a lifelong love of learning. The parents and caregivers get an added benefit in borrowing an audiobook or DVD, learning about our downloadable eContent, or checking out a museum pass for the entire family to enjoy."
The library is also an asset for parents during school vacations, when it schedules special events for children and a summer-long reading program.
Among others, 2015 activities included Superhero Training Academy, storyteller Jonathan Kruk, Action Racket Theater, Animal Ambassadors, musicians and art workshops. Library programs are free, and you only need proof of Mount Pleasant residence to get a library card.
For more information on upcoming programs, visit the Events Calendar on the library website or call 914-769-0548.