2018 Upcoming Sessions:
Saturdays at 9:45am
Continued until March 31st
Thursdays at 9:45am
April 5th – May 31st
No registration is required, but space can be limited.
We welcome older siblings as long as space is permitting (which usually it is). We often suggest you bring a doll or stuffie so that the sibling can follow along with the rhymes.
What is Mother Goose on the Loose?
“Mother Goose on the Loose is an early literacy program that uses rhymes and songs to help prereading chidren get ready for reading. It incorporates music, movement, ritual, repetition, positive reinforcement, developmental tips, nursery rhymes, illustrations, puppets, musical instruments, colored scarves, and book reading into a fun-filled thirty minute session for children with their parent or caregiver.” See www.mgol.org for more information.
Do I need to register?
No. Registration is not necessary. However, because of limited space, attendance is on a first come basis. Only the first 18 babies (and their accompanying adult[s]) will be able to attend each program. Please come early to ensure a spot!
Can I bring my child to all sessions?
Certainly! Infants and babies love repetition and so you will hear many of the same songs and rhymes, but for each session we read different books and change a couple of rhymes or songs. This program is designed for you to attend as much as you and your baby are able (around naptimes, of course!)
My child won’t sit still for half an hour, can I come?
No baby can sit still for that long! At this age kids do wander, crawl, or otherwise occupy themselves and we expect this. Your child, however, can still hear your voice and so if you keep singing and rhyming your child will certainly be benefiting from the program! (We also move around as well!) We only ask if your child gets very upset, that you step out of the room to calm him/her, if needed.
This program was made possible by a grant from MBLC and the Institute for Museum of Library Services.
Why should I sign with me child?
Below are some facts and articles about the advantages of signing with a young baby. Children will communicate sooner and will have less tantrums. And it’s a way for both of you to learn a new language!
Short fact handout from American Library Assoc.:
Signing and resources:
What is American Sign Language:
Sign Language Dictionaries: