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Kids limber up at Norwin library

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 4:22 a.m.

Stretch and read.

It's a combination playfully presented by Inner Strength Yoga teacher Stephanie Brea during Wednesday's storytime at the Norwin Public Library at 100 Caruthers Lane in Irwin.

Children and their parents warmed up with various poses before Brea read from Ralph Fletcher's “Hello Harvest Moon.”

“You choose poses that are similar to things they know, so dogs, cat, cow, animals,” Brea said. “I think keeping it a little bit faster pace (keeps the children's attention).”

Brea brought her program to the library last year to help enhance storytime. She teaches at the library every two to three months. Storytime's slated for Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 11:15 a.m.

“I went to school (at Marymount Manhattan College) for writing, so the incorporation of the books is really important to me,” Brea said. “I feel that the books help hold their attention, and I think it also reinforces a literacy goal, which is why I think it's a good thing to do at the library. It's not the same as an adult (yoga) class.”

Irwin resident Kristin Gasparovic said she and her 3-year-old son Cody attend storytime regularly, but Wednesday's yoga class was a first.

“They get the kids involved with other kids and take time out of a busy day to relax,” Kristin Gasparovic said. “He enjoyed himself.”

Cody said he liked the cow pose and “mooing.”

Approximately 20 people participated in the class.

Township resident Dee Haigis said her grandchildren Hayden Haigis, 2, and Haley Haigis, 3, are fans of yoga and storytime.

“They love the library classes,” Dee Haigis said. “I think our library's such an asset to our community. They love it.”

“It's cool,” Haley said.

“I got a sticker too,” Hayden added.

Children's librarian Barbara Flynn said the free storytime program's very popular among local families, and the yoga class adds to it.

“(Parents) are asking when kids' yoga's going to be, which is exciting,” Flynn said. “They know that it's coming up or they're looking for it. I think it may bring different people to the library that don't typically come for another reason or they come because they want to get some exercise in during storytime.”

“Kids who maybe couldn't come to the (North Huntingdon Township) studio to take a class can still at least experience yoga for free,” Brea said.

More information about library events is available online at www.norwinpubliclibrary.net.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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