Thursday, January 15, 2009

Why You Should Read to Your Baby - Part 2

  • It encourages language development.  Your baby will learn sentence structures that are more complex than what she will hear in spoken English.  She will hear words in books that she rarely hears in her daily life.  She will learn how to listen carefully, and how to follow an idea as it develops in a story.  She will look forward eagerly to that time when she herself will learn to read, because she will know what pleasure books can hold!
  • It helps to understand the surrounding world.  When you read books about a trip to the zoo or the arrival of a new baby, you are really helping to prepare your child for those experiences.  The more your child knows about the world around him, the more comfortable and secure he will feel.
  • It encourages imagination and creativity.  In every story, a problem is encountered and then solved.  Hearing stories will give your baby the background she will need for creative problem-solving in approaching the challenges of life.  And because books require that we experience something beyond what is physically present, hearing them will give her lots of practice at thinking in terms of "What if...?"
  • It makes parenting easier.  When you child starts loving books, reading can distract a fussy baby, an upset toddler or a stubborn two-year old.  When parent and child are on a "collision course," reading together can break bad moods and restore good feelings.  A read-aloud session calms a child at bedtime, and entertains a child waiting in the doctor's office or on a long car trip.  For that small space of time when you are reading to him, he will stay clean quiet and out of trouble!
Sponsored by "Baby Talk: Language, Literature & Love for Infants"

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! This is a great time to set new goals for a better life and one of the best things you can do for your child is read to him! Make it a priority to read to your child every day and you will both benefit. Choose from one of the books on display in the Youth Services Department right now: the themes are Winter, Dragons and Martin Luther King, Jr. Do you need to prepare your child for an upcoming event? Maybe a new baby or a doctor appointment? Let us help you find a book you can read to your child to introduce the subject. We also have new books arriving monthly, so be sure to check them out and you could be the first one to soak up that new book smell!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Interactive Exhibits for Kids!

Bring in the Arts!

We are pleased to announce that our department is currently featuring two interactive exhibits for the children to explore, "Arts & Crafts" and "Storytelling & Theatre."  These exhibits have traveled here from the Glen Carbon library, located near St. Louis.  They were made possible by a grant from the Illinois State Library, Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using federal LSTA funding.  Come and check them out, they are really neat!  Recommended for PS through 2nd grade.