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Sharing stories and time

AMENIA — The Amenia Library hosts a free play group for children and parents on most Thursdays at the Beth David Synagogue Community Room from 9:30 a.m. to noon.Each week includes story time with related play, including music, art and hands-on, process-based projects, said organizer Lesley Gyorsok, the children’s activities director at the Amenia Library.The program gives children the opportunity to socialize, learn cooperative play and gain early exposure to the arts, literature and reading. It also provides parents with a community, peer support and a resource network, said Gyorsok, who noted that the program also gives the children and parents something to participate in together.On Thursday, Dec. 1, the group read “Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown, then participated in several related activities, including cooking their own stone soup.Gyorsok encourages other parents and children to join the group.On Thursday, Dec. 15, the group will have a special multi-holiday celebration, which will include a raffle and a cookie swap.Additional dates of the play group are Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 26.For more information about the program, contact Lesley Gyorsok at ameniastoryhours@gmail.com.

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