“It takes a village to raise a child” says an African proverb. After I had my two children, I truly embraced this expression, but now I can add something to it: I hope this village has a library, too. Yes, a library. Take the Roosevelt Branch Library on Taylor Street. Eight years ago as a new mom of an one year old I started visiting the library’s story times for infants, and ever since my two children and I are devotees of the Roosevelt Branch Library on Taylor Street.
The phenomenal story times that the Roosevelt Branch Library offers are special, because they are targeted to the very little ones and they work wonders on the child’s early literacy skills. At these story times you will not see babies chewing on a board book, but Ms. Jenna, the very talented children librarian who enhances the children literacy skills by reading animatedly picture books, singing nursery rhymes, clapping, and inviting everyone to participate. Presently, I share the credit for the superb reading skills of my two bilingual children with the Roosevelt Branch Library.
If you have a little one (0-5year-old) now is the time to register for the December session of the story times. ” Mother Goose on the Loose” meets three Tuesdays in December, 10:30 am – 11:00 am at the Roosevelt Library Branch (1101 W. Taylor Street). To register call (312) 746-5656. If you can commit to only one Tuesday, and you want to make new friends and engage in creative play with your little ones (0-18 months), you should register for the “Book Play! for Infants & Young Toddlers”, Thu. December 13, 2012, 10:30 am – 11:15 am. Another one- time fun event at the library is “Criss-Cross Applesauce! Multi-Age Book Sharing”, Thu. November 29, 2012, 10:30 am – 11:00 am. This engaging story time criss-crosses and meets the developmental literacy need’s of infants, toddlers and preschoolers and it is a must-visit.
What if you have children that are older and that have outgrown the rhyming story times? In December the Roosevelt Branch offers “Programs for Friends and Families” that target elementary school age children. “Awesome Afternoon: Craft Challenge!” Wed. December 05, 2012, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ( Ages 6 and up) will inspire your child to create his/hers craft masterpiece. At “Family Trivia Night”, Mon. December 10, 2012, : 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, (Ages-5 years & up with adult). Your family can show off their knowledge and be rewarded by a fun experience (A small snack and drink will be provided). For 8 year-olds and up Smarty Pants, the Library gives one more chance to show off your brilliance: “Awesome Afternoon: Smarty Pants Trivia!”, Wed. December 12, 2012, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.(This is a drop-in program, so no registration is required) . Lastly, another way to engage your school-age child in critical thinking and peer socializing is with the “Awesome Afternoon: Board Games”, Wed. December 19, 2012, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 8 years & up, (No registration required).
Check out all these fun events at the Roosevelt Library Website.
Experience the joy of reading and being read to-register for the fun kids reading events at the Roosevelt Branch Library!