Children’s storytime in conjunction with festival
Joining in with Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, Bethany Beach Books will be hosting a children’s Halloween Storytime at noon.
“We wanted to provide a fun, family-friendly activity for our customers,” said Amanda Zirn, assistant manager and media specialist for the bookstore.
“With Wags, Witches & Warlocks taking place on the same day, we knew a lot of families would be in town to celebrate Halloween and would probably want something to do after the festivities. Also, who doesn’t love a reason to dress up and go to your independent bookstore for a storytime?”
Zirn said she believes this is the first Halloween-themed storytime the bookstore has offered.
“We’ve had so many storytimes since then that they are starting to blur together! I’m pretty sure this is our first Halloween-themed storytime, and we are really excited about it.”
The event is free and open to children 10 or younger. Zirn said there is limited space for the event, and parents should register their children online or by calling the store.
“We expect the story time to fill up very, very soon,” she said.
Zirn said children are encouraged to attend the storytime in costume, and they will be able to enjoy more than just a good story.
“We will make a Halloween-themed craft together, read a really fun Halloween story and then pass out goodie bags! Our storytimes usually last about 30 minutes,” she said. “We are asking everyone to come in their favorite and most exciting costumes!”
As a year-round business, Bethany Beach Books offers many different programs to the public, from children’s storytimes to book clubs. Zirn said it’s important to the store to be an active part of the community.
“We feel that it is extremely important to provide storytimes, book clubs and fun events for our community as their independent bookstore. We have the space and the resources, so it’s our job to provide fun and safe events that promote reading. We also hope that hosting such events will bring more customers to town, which will in turn help out our neighboring businesses, too.”
Bethany Beach Books is located at 99 Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach. The store is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To register for the event, visit www.bethanybeachbooks.com/story-time-sign-up or call (302) 539-2522.