Welcome to our programs for our youngest patrons!
These programs offer different literacy and learning opportunities for your under 2 year old!
Mother Goose on the Loose:
FOR 0 – 23 month olds and their caregivers
THURDAYS at 9:45am
April 20 – June 16
THIS IS OUTDOORS
We’ll be in the side yard of the Library
We’ll have some blankets, but feel free to bring your own!
If the weather is downpours, we will cancel
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 pre-reading children 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.
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 nap times, 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.
SIGNING WITH YOUR BABY
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.
What is American Sign Language
Online Video Sign Language Dictionaries: