SIDNEY — The Amos Memorial Public Library is offering free in person programming for babies, toddlers and preschool children this fall.
Babies, Books & Blocks, a new program for babies aged 0 to 18 months, and their caregiver(s) will be offered Thursday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. This program will include an early literacy ‘lapsit’ with rhymes, songs and puppets to teach caregivers how to engage with their little ones in addition to board books, sensory exploration and gross motor skill games. Parents will also have the opportunity to make a book, toy, or game to take home with them.
“Most people know how important early literacy is,” says Rikki Unterbrink, youth services director. “We also know that parents and caregivers have the greatest impact on these little ones, but are so busy! We want to help and support these parents by giving them knowledge and resources they can use to help their children at this critical stage, but in a bite-sized portion. We want to provide an evening of fun, relaxation and play for these parents and their young ones.”
Babies Books & Blocks will last approximately one hour and include dinner sponsored by local organizations. September’s meal is sponsored by Sidney Kiwanis and the Shelby County Health Department (WIC). Registration is requested for this program.
Family Storytime, for children ages 0 to 5 years, along with a caregiver will be offered on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6, 13 and 20. Each session lasts approximately 30 to 40 minutes and focuses on books, songs and movement plus sensory and craft activities selected for a variety of ages. No registration is required for Family Storytime. Patrons seeking more information or to register for Babies, Books & Blocks may call the children’s room at 937-419-0567.