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Keene Public Library Offers Programs for Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers & their Caregivers

Keene Public Library invites babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and caregivers to enter a fantastic world filled with songs and rhymes, clapping hands and smiling faces, wide eyes, and comfortable laps at their library. Registration has begun and will continue as space is available.

The program for the youngest child is Baby and Toddler Storytime. This program is designed for children one to three years of age. Toddler Storytime offers social playtime for children ages 1 – 3 years and their caregivers. Join us to practice talking, singing, listening, and playing with board books and other age-appropriate toys and manipulatives. Toddler Storytime will be held in the Youth Department Storyroom and starts on Tuesday, January 10 at 10 a.m. and will be offered each Tuesday morning for six weeks.

Preschool Storytime is designed for children aged three to six and will meet in the Storyroom starting Wednesday, January 11 at 10 a.m. for six weeks. Preschool Storytime is an excellent opportunity for your children to socialize with other young children while developing communication, cognitive, and fine motor skills. Each week, a Youth Librarian will present a unique program to encourage the five early literacy skills your child will need to become proficient, fluid readers. Pictures, books, games, rhyming activities, rhythmic songs, and occasional crafts will encourage your child's lifelong love of books.

Keene Public Library also offers free playtime for caregivers and children five and under each Monday from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The playtime is held in the Kay Fox Room on the Lower Level.

These programs were created in response to research showing the importance of sharing language with young children. Sharing books helps 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 them a variety of experiences. Finally, sharing books with very young children can help to prepare children to learn to read and love books.

Keene Public Library is proud to be a Family Place Library. The Family Place Libraries™ model is now in over 400 libraries in 29 states serving thousands of young children and their parents/caregivers. As a Family Place Library, the Keene Public Library partners with local family-serving agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning. Research has proven that how adults respond to and interact with children from birth to five years dramatically affects the brain, stimulating a child's social, emotional, and intellectual development. Parents and caregivers are their children's first teachers, and Keene Public Library is here to help them in that role. 

Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited, and registration is requested. To register for further information about family and youth, call the library at 352-0157. You can also register for these programs at keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/.

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