If you’ve stopped by the Pennington Library for one of Miss Cindy’s famous story times lately, you may have noticed some changes to the children’s area.

After shifting some furniture around and re-shelving books, the area has been expanded and opened up for the library’s regular visitors.

Story times still happen every Tuesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. on the carpet. Geared to ages 2 to 5 (but my 15 month old son and his buddies are regular attendees and fit right in), children’s library Miss Cindy Persichilli always makes sure to acknowledge every child by name, and lead a wonderful program of music, stories, counting and crafts.

The craft table has swapped sides with two chairs that now sit amidst the easy reader books. Bookshelves were moved back and lowered in height, to allow for easy access of books and to open up the space. Cushions will be added to the semi-circular bench seating that surrounds the story time carpet.

Upcoming spring programs for little visitors include a special story time featuring local early childhood music group Kids’ MusicRound on April 1 at 10:30 a.m.

Other events for visitors of all ages include a free workout with local trainer and fitness expert Chris Amaro on March 25, an April 6 workshop on how food influences moods and behavior, an April 24 workshop on smartphone apps with local computer expert Tyler Caton, an on-site exploration of the Stony Brook at Kunkel Park with teacher-naturalists from the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association on May 10, and a workshop on learning how to de-clutter on May 20.

A full list of spring events is available at the library’s website at


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Andrea Fereshteh has been writing for as long as she can remember. An avid journal-keeper as a child, she dabbled in dramatic notes to her parents and designed her own stationary. With a zest for small talk and meeting new people, she pursued journalism in college and worked for nine years in PR, writing and media relations for the higher ed and nonprofit sectors. She has a mousters and ducktorate from Disney University and is a mother to two lively boys who inspire her to just keep writing, just keep writing.