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Library Offers 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. Registration for the fall session of storytimes has begun. The eight-week session of programs starts the week of September 10th and concludes November 2nd. Registration will continue throughout the series, as space is available. 

During Preschool Storytime, children will enjoy age-appropriate stories, songs, poetry, and activities. Preschool Storytime is designed for children aged three to six and will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Book Time for Babies and Toddlers will be held on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m and is designed for babies and toddlers from birth to three and their caregivers. Each program will include simple age-appropriate stories, songs, and fingerplays.

Keene Public Library offers a drop-in Saturday Stories program each Saturday morning, which the library is opened, at 10 a.m. Saturday Stories will include stories, fingerplays, and often a simple craft or take-home project. This drop-in program is perfect for busy families who cannot commit to a regular storytime or for visiting friends and relatives.

Messy Art is another year-round drop-in activity at the library. It is held on Mondays at 10 a.m. This program is for or parents/caregivers with children ages birth through five years-of-age. Families are invited to drop-In, play and meet other families with young children. Each week in the Youth Department Story Room, there will be special fun-filled activities and age-appropriate art activities that will stimulate their senses.

The story programs at the Keene Public Library are carefully planned in response to continuing research that shows the importance of sharing language with very young children. 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 or her a variety of experiences. Finally, sharing books with very young children can help to prepare children to learn to read and love books. “Reading is the basis for all learning,”

Youth Services Librarian Gail Zachariah explained. “Encouraging your kids to read and use the library is the best thing you can to help them do better in school and keep learning throughout their lives.”

Although all Keene Public Library programs are free and open to the public, space is limited and registration is required for weekday storytimes. For further information about family and youth programs at the Keene Public Library, call 603-352-0157.

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