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Library Offers Summer Programs for Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers & their Caregivers

Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to enter a wonderful world filled with songs and rhymes, clapping hands and smiling faces, wide eyes and comfortable laps at the Keene Public Library, 60 Winter Street. A new series of storytime programs begins the week of June 11, 2012, and continues through the week of July 27, 2012. Although registration is not required for our drop-in summer story series, you can signup through our online calendar to receive a weekly email reminder.

Keene Public Library story programs were developed in response to new research that shows the importance of sharing language with very young children. Current research on early literacy and brain development indications that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers and learners. Parents of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers have a vital role to play. Sharing books helps to create a deep and lasting bond between child and caregiver. The early introduction of language, play, books, rhymes, and songs into a child's life offers him a variety of experiences. Finally, sharing books with very young children can help to prepare children to learn, to read, and to love books.

During the summer Preschool Storytime will be offered on Wednesday at 10 a.m. During Preschool Storytime, children will enjoy age appropriate stories, songs, poetry, and activities. Preschool Storytime is for children aged three to six that have not yet started school. Lapsit Time is for pre-talking babies and caregivers. It is a relaxing time for adult and child in which simple stories and songs are introduced.

Lapsit Time for Infants and Caregivers is on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Toddler Two-Times is an introduction to books and the library for active toddlers and their caregivers. Toddlers who can say approximately 50 words are ready for the toddler Two-Times program. Toddler and Two-Times is designed for more active and mobile youngsters.  Two-Times will be held on Fridays at 10 a.m. Puppet Time is geared towards older toddlers who are not quite ready for our Preschool Storytime.  Puppet Time is suggested for children ages 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old.

Once school is out, additional programs for young people of all ages will be offered.  Some of these programs include live animal shows, films, and crafts.  Terrific Tuesdays will be offered each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. This program designed for children ages five and up will have a different special guest each week.  Programs for 'tweens and teens will be offered Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Family Films take place each Friday at 1:00 pm.

Additionally, the Keene Public Library offers a weekly drop-in story program each Saturday at 10 a.m. This program will include stories, fingerplays, and a simple craft or take-home project. The drop-in programs are perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.

Interested parents and caregivers should call the library at 603-352-0157 or visit the online calendar to register and for further information about family and youth programs.