MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- 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 Debbie Jordon, better known as "Miss Debbie," the reigning queen of storytime.
In fact, attendance at children’s programs at the Mount Pleasant Library was up 50 percent in 2015 from the previous year. That means about 12,000 attendees.
Jordon, who has been a fixture at the public library located on Bedford Road in Pleasantville for over 20 years, holds daily storytimes for infants and their caregivers, toddlers and pre-school children.
Storytimes take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at the Main Library in Pleasantville, and meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Branch Library in Valhalla. They run throughout the year, except for school breaks and two weeks at the end of the summer — over 500 programs alone.
In addition, Jordon offers a storytime playgroup on Thursday afternoons for children ages one through four, and an Explorers Club for children ages five through seven on 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 said, “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.”
Parents have also found the library to be a welcome destination during school vacations, when the library schedules special events for children and the summer-long reading program.
Programs are free, and public library cardholders have borrowing privileges. Mount Pleasant residents receive free library cards with proof of residency. For more information on upcoming programs, visit the Events Calendar at www.mountpleasantlibrary.org, or call (914) 769-0548.