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Register Now for Library Programs for Young Children and 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 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, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. and will be offered each Tuesday morning for six weeks.

 "1, 2, 3, Play with Me" is a five-week series of fun, play-based activities for toddlers and their parents and caregivers. The playtime will be held in Kay Fox Meeting Room on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. starting May 2. Rich with toys, books, and art activities, "1, 2, 3, Play with Me" allows families to spend time together, make friends and talk one-on-one with specialists on various aspects of child development and early literacy.

Swinging Storytime is designed for children aged three to six. Swinging Storytime will meet in Kay Fox Meeting Room and be held on six Wednesdays at 3 p.m. starting May 4. Swinging 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 designed to encourage the five early literacy skills your child will need to become a proficient, fluid reader. Pictures, books, games, rhyming activities, rhythmic songs, and occasional crafts will encourage your child's lifelong love of books.

These programs were created in response to research that shows the importance of sharing language with very 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 the ways adults respond to and interact with children from birth to five years have dramatic effects on 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 or 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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