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Madeline visits the Headquarters Branch

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz
Orion Young (left) and her sister Alevia Young recently met famous book character Madeline, during the "Voci Madeline! Here's Madeline! Storytime and Costume Character" program, at the Headquarters Branch library in Jonesboro.

Photo by M.J. Subiria Arauz Orion Young (left) and her sister Alevia Young recently met famous book character Madeline, during the "Voci Madeline! Here's Madeline! Storytime and Costume Character" program, at the Headquarters Branch library in Jonesboro.

By M.J. Subiria Arauz

marauz@news-daily.com

Children paid close attention to a storyteller who transported them into a world where a family of three bears lived in a house and found it broken into by a little blonde girl.

The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears was narrated in French to about 15 youngsters, during the "Voci Madeline! Here's Madeline! Storytime and Costume Character" program at the Clayton County Library System's Headquarters Branch, in Jonesboro. The event, sponsored by the Georgia Public Library Service, was geared toward children ages 3, to 8.

Children watched an animated storyteller tell three stories in English and French, though most youngsters were eager to meet the famous book character Madeline.

"It [storytelling] does spark their imagination, listening skills and being able to understand the story from beginning, to end," said Bea Mengel, youth services librarian at the Headquarters Branch.

Orion Young and her sister Alevia listened intently to the storyteller and laughed throughout the whole presentation.

Orion said she enjoyed listening to the stories in French.

"It is something new and different," she said.

Jade Preston, a teacher at Riverdale Elementary, said she took her 3-year-old daughter Sally to the program because she believes it is important for her to hear a different language at a young age.

"It [program] helps them [children] understand things in different cultures," said Preston.

Youth Services Librarian Mengel said listening and watching a storyteller bring a story to life is entertaining for a child. In this program the child is learning to listen to a different language, while having fun, she said.

"Those listening skills are being engaged with somebody," said Mengel

According to Mengel, the Clayton County Library System is offering various fun and educational programs for children throughout the summer.

For more information call (770) 473-3850.