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Downtown Harrison Library Revamps Kids' Programs

HARRISON, N.Y. - Engaging the children of Harrison with story time programming hasn't been an issue at the West Harrison Library branch for some time. But its success has been difficult to duplicate.

Downtown Library Assistant Claudia Pastore was tapped by Director Galina Chernykh this month to help breathe new life into the facility's kids' programming by leading weekly story hour sessions.

"It's fun for me," Pastore said. "We want to get more people here. Hopefully I can do that."

Pastore said she gained much of her experience with children by raising her three-year-old son Anthony. She also looked to the popular West Harrison librarian Liz Karkoff for advice and inspiration.

"Liz does a great job," Pastore said. "I learned some new songs and finger plays from observing her in West Harrison."

Chernykh said the downtown library's story hour was unsuccessful in its initial attempts and that changes were made to adapt to a different audience.

"We picked Claudia because she has a child of her own," Chernkyh said. "With Liz's help, we think we can make a better program for the downtown crowd."

Pastore said her new role should mark the beginning of an ongoing effort to reinvent children's programming at the downtown library. Looking to the success of similar programs at the West Harrison branch, Pastore and members of the downtown library staff said it was time to bring some of that audience to their branch.

"Bringing more children's programs to this library is the goal," Pastore said.

The downtown library hosts story time sessions Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

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