For the past 11 years, Norma Minor has been hosting a weekly children's story hour at the Benton Public Library that includes snacks and a craft.
Wednesday's event featured a theme centered on St. Patrick's Day. Minor read "Lucky Tucker" and "St. Patrick's Parade" to the 16 children and the 11 parents that accompanied them.
Library director Susan Stickel feels lucky to have Minor as an employee.
"She does a wonderful job with the story hour," Stickel says. "She also helps with many of our other programs like the summer reading program."
Minor combines the stories with a hands-on craft and snacks, provided by the library.
Fun is not the only thing provided, though, according to retired educator Roberta Phipps. Phipps, who holds a Ph.D. in reading and worked as a reading specialist and Title I reading teacher, says activities like this foster positive learning.
"It builds vocabulary and it builds friendships," Phipps says. "Little ones learn to sit and listen to a story being told."
Phipps says learning things in a group with friends makes the lessons more memorable.
"When adults look back on their lives in school, the one thing they'll remember is being read to," she says. "You will remember the books your teacher read to you."
With an average of 25 visitors each week, "Miss Norma," as Minor is known to her young charges, is creating a lot of memories.
It's no surprise to Phipps that the adults seem to enjoy the story hour as much as the kids. "
You never get too old to enjoy being read to," she says.
The library hosts the children's story hour each Wednesday at 10 a.m.