Young Abe

It’s never too early to introduce children to the joys of reading, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will help parents do just that when Little Lincoln’s Fireside Tales launched on Jan. 28.

The program invites children age five and younger to share in an exciting story time with the presidential library’s education staff and special visitors. Fireside Tales is absolutely free and takes place on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

“Abraham Lincoln loved reading and saw it as his opportunity to advance and achieve his goals. We hope to spark the same passion in youth and inspire them to consider all the doors and worlds reading will open for them,” said Heather Nice, education director at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “Although they may not read by the firelight, we hope to nurture in them President Lincoln’s love of lifetime learning.”

Each monthly session will focus on a specific theme and may include arts and crafts, show and tell, or hands-on activities to supplement the stories being read. The first Fireside Tales will be devoted to winter, with the books “Snowy Day,” “Snowmen at Night” and “Little Penguins.”

Children also get a “passport” that will be stamped each time they participate in Fireside Tales, which will meet in the classroom of the ALPLM’s library building at 112 N. Sixth Street, Springfield. Sessions run 10-11 a.m.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum uses a combination of rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship to immerse visitors in Lincoln’s life and times. The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history.