Thursday, August 28, 2014

Parent workshops, story times planned at Derby Library

 DERBY - Registration is under way for the fall session of Family Place Parent/Child Workshops  at the Derby Public Library starting  Sept. 15.

    This innovative program is a time for families to share together with their 1-3 year old children.  
    Siblings age 5 and under are also welcome to attend.  
    This free, five-week session will be held on 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. 

Story times
        Registration is also being held for the fall session of story times. This story time session will run from Sept. 10-Dec. 12.   
        The Library offers weekly, age-appropriate programs for children birth to 5 years old.    

        Beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 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 at 10 a.m. Thursdays.  Finger plays, songs, movement, stories and rhymes will be included in this half-hour program.  The first class will be Sept. 11.
      Time for Twos begins at 11 a.m.  Sept. 11 with stories, songs, finger plays and a simple craft for children who are between 25 and 35 months olds along with a caregiver.  
     Children 3-5 years old are welcome to join us for stories, songs, instruments, literacy games and a craft at 10 a.m. Fridays beginning Sept. 12. 
       Preschool Story Time is designed to be an early school-readiness experience, an introduction to peer interaction and improved listening skills.   
      Children are encouraged to attend this story time independently while a caregiver remains in the Children’s Room area.               

    Registration is requested.  
    For information or to register for any of the above programs, call the Children’s Room,  203-736-1482, stop by the Library at 313 Elizabeth St. or visit

This is a press release from Sue Sherman, children's librarian, Derby Public Library. 


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