Thursday, August 15, 2013

Children's programs slated at Derby Public Library

   DERBY - The Derby Public Library invites children ages 2-5 along with their grandparent or senior friend to celebrate Grandparents Day with a special story time at 10 a.m. Sept. 6
  Come share time together and listen to stories, sing songs and create a craft.
    Registration is requested. 
Sign up for Family Place workshops
       Registration is under way for the fall session of Family Place Parent/Child Workshops taking place at the Derby Public Library starting Sept. 16.
     This innovative program is a time for families to share together with their 1-3 year old children.  Siblings who are age 5 and under are also welcome to attend. 
     This free, five-week session will be held Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m.  The workshops feature puzzles, books, blocks, a craft, dramatic play and more.  Parents/caregivers will also be introduced to some of the many resources available to them to assist in the raising of their toddlers and have an opportunity to meet new friends in an educational and creative environment.
       Each workshop will focus on a different topic and will feature a professional from the community who will be available to discuss parenting questions and concerns.  Topics will include child development, nutrition, immunization and more.  Do not miss the opportunity to consult with experts on a no-fee basis while your child enjoys a wonderful play experience.
       Space is limited; registration is requested.  Families are encouraged to attend all the workshops to obtain the full benefits of this program.
        The Family Place is a national initiative of Americans for Libraries Council and Middle Country Library. 
       The Family Place of Connecticut is made possible through the generous support of the Katharine Matthies Foundation.

 Fall Story Times registration
       Registration is underway for the fall session of story times at the Derby Public Library.  This story time session will run from Sept. 11-Dec. 6.
       The Library offers age-appropriate programs for children 6 months to 5 years old. Beginning 10 a.m. Sept. 11 infants along with a parent/caregiver are invited to attend Baby and Me which introduces our youngest patrons to the library and books through simple songs and rhymes, movement, board books and interaction with their caregiver.  The program will run for 20 minutes followed by play and conversation.
       Nursery Rhyme Time for toddlers 12 to 24 months old along with a caregiver will take place on Thursdays at 10 a.m.  Finger plays, songs, movement, stories and rhymes will be included in this half-hour program. The first class will be on Sept 12.
      Time for Twos begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 with stories, songs, finger plays and a simple craft for children who are between 25 and 35 months old with a caregiver.
     There will be a new story time geared for three year olds which is often that in between stage of child development where they are not quite ready for the independent preschool library program. Terrific Threes will meet at 10 a.m. Friday starting Sept. 13.
     Children 4-6 years old are welcome to join us for stories, songs, instruments, literacy games and a craft on Fridays at 11 a.m. beginning Sept. 13.
        Preschool Story Time is designed to be an early school-readiness experience, an introduction to peer interaction and improved listening skills.
         Children will attend this story time independently while a caregiver remains in the Children’s Room area.              
    Registration is requested.

Lego Time
      The Derby Public Library invites children ages 4-11 to use their creative talents and stir their imaginations during Lego Time at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12  and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21.
    All levels of building skills are welcome to come by for the introduction of this new drop-in program which will take place twice a month.  There is no fee to attend and all building materials will be provided.
Meet the Shapels
      Children ages 3-5 are invited to the Derby Public Library at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 to attend Daniel Meets the Shapels presented by Evelyn North.
       During this fun and educational program, everyone will meet characters “Cindy Circle” and “Suzy Square” as Daniel the bear travels to Shapeltown. 
     There is no fee to attend; registration is requested.

Read to a canine
    Read to Payson will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 when the popular children’s reading to a therapy dog program continues for the fall. 
    Children ages 5- 11 are invited to share a book with Payson during this interactive reading program.
      Each child will be given a 10-15 minute time slot to read to Payson.
     Payson an Australian Shepherd is a rescue dog who was found roaming the streets of Kentucky.  She and her owner, Janet Sabovik, are registered with Therapy Dogs, Inc. and volunteer throughout the community.
      This is a great opportunity for beginner or reluctant readers, as well as experienced readers, to build confidence, enhance their reading skills achieved during the school year and encourage a love of reading. 
      Participants are encouraged to stop by the Children’s Room to select a book with Payson’s “paw of approval” to share with her for the program.
       Registration is requested.
        For more information or to register for any of the above programs, call the Children’s Room at 203-736-1482, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St., or visit

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