We are currently taking registration for our Mother Goose Storytime program in July, which is for children from birth to 18 months old and their caregivers. The program is from 9:30-10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between July 2-24. When registering, you will sign up for either Tuesday or Wednesday every week, and your registration covers all four weeks of the program. Space is limited, so register soon by calling 423-434-4458!
Mother Goose Storytime consists of learning rhymes and songs, reading age-appropriate books, and spending quality time with your children. According to Youth Services Manager Betty Cobb, “Through research we know that children learn to read best when the five practices of playing, talking, singing, writing, and reading are nurtured. There are ways parents can begin helping their children learn even as babies. The Mother Goose program is really an opportunity for parents to see these practices modeled so they can do them at home.”
Acacia Tortora has enjoyed bringing her 18-month old daughter, Sylvie, to Mother Goose since Sylvie was three months old. She says that it has been good for both her and her daughter. Not only does it give Sylvie opportunities to learn new things, it also gives Acacia ideas for playful and educational activities she can do at home with Sylvie.
Another important aspect of the program is that it provides a great chance for caregivers to meet new people. Acacia says, “There aren’t a ton of activities for moms with kids in this age group, especially free activities. It has been so nice to have an opportunity to connect with other parents.”
Mother Goose starts on Tuesday, July 2, so register today by calling 423-434-4458! For updates on children’s storytimes, visit www.jcpl.org, call 423-434-4458, and follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.