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Spring has sprung in the Children's Department

by Linda Palmer - Children's Services Manager

There are lots of exciting things happening in the Children’s Department as we usher in the warmer days and spring sunshine. If you’ve been using the bitter cold days as an excuse to stay home, now is the time to venture out and see what is happening in our department. Library staff has been busy planning lots of programs for our young patrons. Be sure to stop in or check out the library’s website (myfcpl.org/calendar) to sign up for Story Hour, Children’s Maker Space Club or School Age Special. During the month of April our Family Literacy Specialist, Maria Lopez, will be offering three weeks of Spanish classes for children in grades 1–5.

A child is never too young to enjoy the library and start on the road to lifetime literacy. Maeve Brewer offers a Lapsit program three Friday mornings per month for children aged 0 to 18 months. The children attend with a parent or caregiver and enjoy simple rhymes, songs, stories, rhythm activities and interacting with other children. Most of the children continue on to a Toddler Time program, which is designed to give children 18 months to 3 years old many more early literacy experiences. Another relatively new program that our library offers is the monthly Storytime Yoga class, which is for children ages 2–5 and their caregiver.

The Frankfort Community Public Library and the Farm Bureau are sponsoring a series of five programs on Agriculture in the Classroom, which will be presented by Sonja Wood. These sessions are for children ages 4–8. There will be stories, farming activities, crafts and a snack. The first program is Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Story Hour Room The topic will be “What is a Farm?” On April 18, the program will be “Compost Stew.” You may sign up for these classes online or by calling the Children’s Department at 654-8746.

Families with young children will not want to miss the special Family Literacy Program “Read, Play, Grow” Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m. This program will be all about butterflies and other springtime things. Be sure to sign up for this popular program either online or by visiting the Children’s Department. You may even see a few live butterflies from our Butterfly Garden.

During the months of June and July, the entire library will be sponsoring a summer reading program. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” Be sure to come out to our Summer Reading Kick Off Party on Saturday, June 1 from 2–4:30 p.m. Patrons will earn tickets to enter prize drawings by attending programs, checking out books, and of course, reading books. We will have more details in the coming months.