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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: Infant reading programs take off

Teri Rinne, Sierra Sun

New research in neuroscience shows that reading aloud actually stimulates the growth of a baby’s brain.

Early reading experiences are now recognized as being of such importance that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “pediatricians prescribe reading activities along with other instructions given to parents at the time of well-child visits.”

Academy president Dr. Robert E. Hannemann proclaims, “We strongly recommend daily reading to children from six months of age.”

Furthermore, the Report of the Conference on Brain Development states that the development of early literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is critically linked to a child’s success in learning to read later on.

With this tidal wave of research emphasizing the importance of reading to your baby, and the positive response to this winter’s lapsit storytime, the Library is pleased to again offer programming for Truckee’s tiniest residents.

“Babes in Bookland” focuses on the all-important concepts of rhythm, repetition and rhyme. Since it is nearly impossible to expect the very young to focus exclusively on one storyteller in a group setting for an extended period of time, the library will provide individual sets of materials for each infant/caregiver pair.

An eye-catching big book will be featured each week, along with a core set of board books selected for their universal appeal to the very young. Accompanying puppetry, songs, fingerplays, and a rousing Mother Goose nursery rhyme baby bounce medley will round out each session.

“Babes in Bookland” will be offered for a four-week mini session in May. Beginning Wednesday, May 2, two identical sessions will be offered, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., for babies ages 6 to 18 months.

With baby napping schedules in a constant state of flux at this age, parents can choose which session to attend on a week-to-week basis.

Each session will be able to accommodate up to 11 infant/caregiver pairs, and preregistration will not be required.

After the four-week mini-session, all weekday Library storytimes will take a brief hiatus between the weeks of Memorial Day and Fourth of July in order to accommodate year-end class tours from local schools and to kick off summer reading program sign-ups.

Regular weekday storytimes will resume the second week in July. Watch this column for details.

Special Events

— Publishing Workshop Series

Bookshelf Stores and Friends of the Library co-host a series of workshops with local writers and artists on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a $10 fee. Call to reserve a space.

May 9: novelist Joanne Meschery

— Poetry Month Events:

Celebrate April, National Poetry Month. The Annual Poetry Night, Friday, April 27, is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Join the Jibboom Street Poets for a poetry celebration.

— Special 4-Week Infant Lapsit Program:

For ages 6 to 18 months, May 2 – May 23, two Wednesday Sessions, at 10 am and 11 am

Special Programs

for Children

Regular Childrens’ Programs

(Storytimes will take a break, May 28-July 10)

— Saturday Morning Storytelling

For ages 3 to 7, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library, with Mrs. Fix from Church of the Mountains Preschool.

— Friday Storytime

For ages 3 to 5, Fridays, 10:30 a.m. at the library.

— Tuesday Toddlertime

For ages 3 and under, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. at the library.

Truckee Library

10031 Levone Avenue

582-7846


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