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An active family story hour that’s perfect for children in pre-school through first grade will be offered Tuesdays at The Farmers’ Museum. Story Time begins June 25 at 10:30 am.

On ten Tuesdays this summer, children accompanied by a grown-up hear a story read aloud. Then they play a game, sing a song, or make a craft in one of the museum’s historic buildings.  Each week features a new story and fun activities related to the story.

June 25 – Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall, illustrated by Barbara Cooney (1979): See a carved broom at the Westcott Broom Shop. Go to Todd’s General Store and trade potatoes, yarn, and candles for peppermint sticks.

July 2 – Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902): Learn about the plants in Mr. MacGregor’s garden. Press flowers in waxed paper.

July 9 – Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry: Bring animal puppets to life by making the sounds of the animals. Visit the Children’s Barnyard.

July 16 – The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson: Gather eggs in the Lippitt Barnyard hen house. Collect toy chicks and singing the song from the book.

July 23 – Warm as Wool by Scott Russell Sanders (2007): Card some wool and see it spun on the wheel. Watch the weaver working the loom. Hand-spin wool and make bracelets.

July 30 – A Carousel Tale by Elissa Klevin (2009): Visit the Empire State Carousel.  Make your own magic bird.

August 6 – The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston (1996): See the sleeping chambers and different beds at Bump Tavern. Have a tea party on the porch.

August 13 – Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1933): Visit the print shop and meet the interpreter. Help the children print something on the Liberty Press.  Have a fun math lesson with slates and dominos.

August 20 – Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens (1995): Paint with carrots, beets, and lettuce from the Lippitt Farmhouse.

August 27 – Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes: Stroll the Historic Village, singing nursery rhymes and finding items in the rhymes, such as “Jack be nimble” and “Hickory dickory dock.”

Story Time is included with museum admission, which is free for members of the New York State Historical Association and people under age 7.  Story Time is sponsored by Matt Sohns and family. 

The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY 13439. For more information, visit and visit the Programs for Kids page.

Publication Date: 
June 2013
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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: