Home City Families: Playgroup

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities! | Children

East Forest Park Branch
Fridays | 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 1-5 – Starts October 1!

Parents and their children are invited to join us for stories, songs, and activities!

This playgroup is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age.

No registration required – just come in!

 

Home City Families: Gross Motor Playgroup

We invite you along with your child for a fun filled hour of gross motor fun to develop physical abilities. | Children

Mason Square Branch
Wednesdays | 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 1-5 – Starts October 6!

Calling all parents with young children! We invite you along with your child for a fun filled hour of gross motor fun to develop physical abilities.

This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and give your child the opportunity to socialize with other children their age.

No registration required – just come in!

 

Home City Families: Bilingual Playgroup

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. | Children

Brightwood Branch
Wednesdays | 1:30-2:30 PM | Ages 1-5 – Starts October 6!

Come and join us every Wednesday for a bilingual story time in the English and Spanish languages: songs, rhymes, stories, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5.

Vengan y participen todos los miércoles del programa bilingue en Inglés y Español: Disfruten de cancioncitas, rimas, cuentos, y actividades manuales. Compartir con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5.

 

Hora de Cuentos (Spanish Storytime)

Vengan y participen en una hora de cuentos en español: cuentos, cancioncitas, rimas, y actividades manuales. | Niños

Forest Park Branch
Tuesdays | 10-11 AM | Ages 1-5

Vengan y participen todos los martes en una hora de cuentos en español: cuentos, cancioncitas, rimas, y actividades manuales. Compartan con amiguitos y refrescos. Edades 1-5, familias bienvenidas.

Come and join us every Tueday for a story time in Spanish: stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts. Make new friends and enjoy snacks. Ages 1-5, families welcome.

Wee Ones Storytime & Playgroup at Central

Join us for storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers and caregivers. | Babies and Toddlers

Central Library – Children’s Room
Tuesdays | 10:30-11:30 AM | Ages 0-5

Storytime plays an important role in building early literacy and social skills. Join us for an interactive storytime featuring books, songs, and playtime for babies and toddlers with social time for caregivers.

Read to Reimi the Therapy Dog

Young readers and those learning are invited to read to Reimi, a hypoallergenic Goldendoodle who loves everyone. | Children

East Forest Park Branch – Children’s Room
Wednesdays | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | Grades K-5
September 8, October 6, November 10, December 8

Children are invited to read to Reimi, a hypoallergenic Goldendoodle who loves everyone!

According to experts, reading to dogs has many benefits:

1. Improves Reading Abilities 

Reading to a dog may improve reading abilities, specifically reading fluency (the ability to read accurately and smoothly and quickly comprehend the content).

2. Helps Make Kids Comfortable

For students who currently experience reading as an activity that makes them feel “self-conscious, clumsy and uncomfortable,” adding a dog can create an environment of “happiness and safety.”

This is likely because dogs offer a comforting, non-judgmental presence. Students reported feeling more “relaxed and confident” about reading after experiencing reading to a dog.

3. Improves Sentiments Towards Reading

Children in reading-to-dog programs show an increase in their enjoyment of reading and motivation to read overall, even when a dog isn’t present.

As a result, in one study, 18 percent of children reported spending more time reading for pleasure because of their participation.

4. Helps Build Self-Confidence

Reading to a dog has been demonstrated to improve the child’s confidence in areas outside of reading.

For example, increased involvement in school activities and decreased absenteeism in students was seen in one study after they had participated in a reading-to-dogs program.

 

Circle Time Fun at Sixteen Acres

Join us outdoors for songs, rhymes and a story or two. A great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten! | Children

Sixteen Acres Branch – Outside
Thursdays 10:30-11 am | Ages Birth – 5
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28

Join us for songs, rhymes and a story or two. “Circle Time” is not only a fun experience for your child, but also a great way to be ready for preschool and kindergarten.

Stop in the library before or after to browse our extensive collection of children’s books and multimedia!

We’ll stay safe by meeting outdoors and encouraging social distancing. Families are welcome to bring their own blankets and sunscreen.

(In the event of rain, the program will be canceled.)