Instead of the regular story hours for preschoolers Friday, the Elkin Public Library celebrated librarian of 14 years, Wendy Giudici.
“She was the first person I hired when I got into this position,” said Branch Librarian Martha Smith. “It was her idea to do Book Babies.”
In 2005, Giudici and Smith researched library programs for young children leading them to the Forsyth Public Library where the librarian there helped Giudici with songs and planning a program in Elkin.
Tracy Calloway appreciated the children’s program the library has. “She really enjoyed it,” claimed Calloway of daughter Dalayla. “I think the singing part was her favorite because that was when she could get up and move around.”
The Dickerson family has been attending the young children’s programs for 11 years. “My mom was babysitting when I was working full time and she started [the family coming to Book Babies and Story Hour],” stated Elisabeth, mother of four.
After sharing stories and songs Friday, the children and their families were invited to join in refreshments during which time those who wished were able to have time to show Giudici their appreciation.
“This is awesome,” declared Giudici. “I’m so happy, but I’m so sad.”
The library will continue to hold regular reading times for young children through the help of community members. Book Babies is Thursdays at 10 a.m., and Fridays at 10 a.m. 2- and 3-years olds and at 11 a.m. 4- and 5-year olds are encouraged to attend Story Hour.
For more information, call 336-835-5586.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.