If you're looking for a way to introduce your kid to the wonders of literature this summer, the Brooklyn Public Library has the perfect solution for you.
The library offers four different early literacy programs for children five years old and younger, three distinguished by the ages they cater to.
For many of the youngest children, "Babies and Books" and "Toddler Time" offer the opportunity to develop more than just their language abilities.
”For toddlers, it’s really one of the first times they’re being asked to participate in a group experience," said Rachel Payne, Brooklyn Public Library's coordinator of early childhood services. "Just sitting and listening to a story is a skill that’s learned like any other. That takes toddlers who like to move around and be active a while to learn.”
For their parents, story time offers the chance to acquire new parenting skills.
"Particularly with the baby programs, I feel like it’s as much a program for the parents and caregivers as it is for the kids. You have a baby and you don’t necessarily remember all those clapping and peek-a-boo rhymes ... so we try to incorporate those into the programs. We want it to be a great bonding time for the parent and child.”
More than anything else, the Brooklyn Public Library wants educational programs like Story Play to be fun.
"At the end of the day we want everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves and associate the library as a place for lifelong learning," Payne said.
Find the best early literacy program for your child on the map below:
Please note that story time schedules are subject to change and registration may be required for some events—please contact your branch library for more information.