Newport Public Library offers four programs each week to help preschool children gain the skills needed to learn to read and develop lifelong reading habits. The free programs, held in the library’s Hofer Children’s Room, feature readings, songs, and activities led by early literacy professionals. Programs begin the week of September 3.
Toddlertimes for little ones up to age 3, are held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Storytimes for preschoolers ages 3 to 6, are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. (bilingual Spanish) and on Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m.
“Research shows that preschoolers who have the library in their lives are better prepared to become readers and it is the readers who succeed in this technically complex world,” says Rebecca Cohen, Youth Services Manager and provider of thousands of literacy based programs in her 26 years at Newport Library. “In addition to the obvious language and listening skills, children also develop cognitive skills, fine motor skills, early math concepts, and social skills at the library’s preschool programs. A bonus for parents and caregivers who bring their children to the library is the opportunity to socialize with other adults who have children the same age.”
No registration is required. For more information, please call the library at 265-2153 or check the library’s website, www.newportlibrary.org.