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Come Play With Me
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
This series of five Come Play With Me workshops, designed for children ages 1- through 3-years and their parents and caregivers, will encourage parents and children to play together, meet other parents, become familiar with the librarian and library resources, and meet local health and human service professionals. It’s an opportunity for parents to learn more about and bond with their children in an informal, interactive setting. The Community Room will be set up with toys and activities including blocks, puzzles, gross motor toys, books, manipulatives, transportation toys, dramatic play, music, and an art or exploration activity. A different local family service professional will be available at each of the workshops (see below for specifics) along with a variety of books and other resources.
Come Play With Me is based on research about the connections in the brain that need to be made at this very early age. The workshops emphasize and support learning through play; the role of the parent as a child’s first teacher; facilitate early intervention; and teach strategies that promote healthy child development and literacy. We offer these workshops periodically as a part of our role as a Family Place Library. Family Place Libraries™ are a nationwide network of hundreds of libraries who embrace the fact that literacy begins at birth, and libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. A proven change agent, Family Place Libraries transform libraries into community centers for early literacy & learning, parent education and engagement, family support, and community connectivity, helping to ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn.
There are five areas of focus that Come Play With Me seeks to address: Early Literacy, Child Development, Early Language, Music and Movement, and Nutrition. The following professionals in these focus areas will be available at the Come Play With Me workshops:
March 12th: Early Literacy
Rachel Fecho, Children’s Librarian
March 19th: Child Development
Kate Altman, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist
March 26th: Early Language
Nicole Lombardi, M.S.,CCC-SLP, Owner- Speech Matters, LLC
April 2nd: NO WORKSHOP
April 9th: Music and Movement
Frank Coates, MBA, BA Music, Founder- Learn Listen Play LLP
April 16th: Nutrition
Rabiya Bower, RD, LDN, GIANT Food Stores, Flourtown, PA
Register below or by calling 610-828-0441.
Funding for these workshops is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.