"Sign her up? But she can’t even read yet!"
This was the reply by a caregiver at a recent Baby and Toddler Storytime, when I encouraged a mother to sign up her 18-month-old child for the Free Library’s summer learning experience, Summer of Wonder.
Well, we Children’s Librarians are way ahead of you! Our Summer of Wonder program is great for all ages, with specialized activities for Pre-K, School Age, and Teen participants. Many libraries also offer Adult Summer of Wonder activities. Our youngest patrons can sing, play, and read to earn stickers and other prizes. And all the activities are aligned with best practices to grow early literacy skills.
For example, in our Healthy You! Discovery Path, children ages birth through five can have a dance party, explore a book about feelings, and pretend to cook! (We won’t tell them that these activities help develop narrative skills, vocabulary, and their physical and social-emotional health; they’ll be too busy having fun!)
And of course, we offer lots of programs that are specially designed for our youngest patrons and their caregivers, including movies, Wooden Block Parties, yoga, and lots of different themed storytimes. Check Children’s Programs and Events for a full list.