Centennial United Methodist Church at Ivy logo



Centennial United Methodist Church at Ivy logo






The best-kept secret at Centennial may be the library. Librarian Libby Hiatt has made it easy for books to be found and checked out. The three walls of books include history, easy reading, support for all ages, religious resource, etc. The room is comfortable and lends itself to small group meetings or a quiet place to enjoy a good book.


Child reading in church library

10 Tips for reading aloud to children

(For parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents)

  1. Remember:  the art of listening is acquired.
  2. Set aside at least one traditional time each day for a story.
  3. Read slowly enough for the child to build mental pictures.
  4. Use plenty of expression, change your tone of voice, and adjust your pace to fit the story.
  5. Encourage involvement; invite the child to turn pages for you.
  6. Ask "What do you think is going to happen next?
  7. During repeat readings of a predictable book, stop at key phrases and allow the child to provide the words.
  8. If you can't finish a chapter, find a suspenseful spot at which to stop.
  9. Vary the length and topics of your readings, fiction and nonfiction.
  10. Reading aloud comes naturally to very few people.  To do it with ease takes practice.  It's worth it!