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Friends of the library: February a great month for kids at the library

Teri Rinne, Truckee Library

Children’s programming at the Truckee Library in February offers something old and something new.

With so much emphasis on the importance of reading to your child from day one, the Truckee Library will join in the fun and adventure with “Babes in Bookland,” starting Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. This new offering will be an infant lap-sit storytime designed for babies ages 6 to 18 months.

The program will focus on the all-important concepts of rhythm, repetition, and rhyme. A core set of books selected for their universal appeal to the very young, along with accompanying puppetry, songs and finger-plays will be repeated each week with the addition of a few new stories. A flannelboard nursery rhyme will be incorporated into each week’s program, followed by a rousing Mother Goose nursery rhyme baby bounce medley.

Since it is nearly impossible to expect young babies to focus exclusively on one storyteller in a group setting, the library will provide individual sets of materials for each infant/caregiver pair to use during the program. With a limited number of sets, preregistration will be required for the eight-week session (Feb. 7 – March 28). Please call the library at 582-7846 to sign up. If the program proves to be a success, more sessions will be offered in the future, so don’t despair if you and your baby miss the first session.

Back by popular demand from Feb. 7 through March 28 will be weekly screenings of the award-winning PBS offering “Between the Lions.” “Between the Lions” uses an innovative mix of music, stories, animation, live action and puppetry to encourage children between the ages of 4 and 7 to read. The Truckee Library will air an episode every Wednesday in February and March at 4 p.m. Afterwards, we will play learning games directly related to that specific program’s curriculum and theme, targeting reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

And for those children, ages 5 and up, who have already discovered the joys of independent reading, our winter reading program, “Catch a Dragon by the Tale,” will continue through the month of February, concluding on the 28th. There’s still time to sign up: read five fantasy, science fiction and/or fairy tale books, and collect a bevy of prizes, including a book, a dragon book bag, a calligraphed Dragon Master Certificate, as well as an invitation to a special after-hours party at the Library in March.

With Ski/Skate Week just around the corner, what better way to spend those apres-ski moments than curled up next to the fire with a really good book? Hot chocolate optional.

Truckee Library

10031 Levone Avenue

582-7846


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