Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Newly Reorganized!

The very beginnings of the library garden which now has tomatoes, pepper, cabbage, broccoli, kale, chives,chard and brussel sprouts.  From right to left:  Christine Mullen holding Quinn, Elysabeth Marsh, Sam Parsons, Eva Richard,
Aiden Mullen, Abby Parsons, Maddy Marble. 

The Wheeler Memorial Library’s Mother Goose on the Loose grant will conclude as of September 30, 2011.  This grant of $7,500 was awarded to the library from the federal Institute of  Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  To celebrate the past year of programming and acquisitions for children from birth through age three, there will be an unveiling of the area newly reorganized for the library’s youngest patrons.  All ages are invited to help us mark the occasion on September 6 from 3:15 to 4:15.  Ed the Wizard will be on hand to honor the occasion with his special brand of magic. Light after-school snacks will be provided, some coming from the garden planted by the Mother Goose group.  Come join in the fun which is available for free thanks to the generosity of Ed the Wizard.  No registration is  needed for this event.

A new session of weekly Mother Goose programs will begin on Monday September 19 at 10:30.  Created by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, this unique award winning program uses rhymes, songs, finger plays, puppets, musical instruments and more to help pre-reading children and infants get ready for speech and reading while they and their accompanying adults enjoy time together.  Brian research shows immersing very young children in pleasurable language experiences on a regular basis increases the brain capacity that will prepare children and infants for later speech, reading and writing activities.  And Mother Goose on the Loose aims to provide an educational model through which parents and other care-givers are empowered to be the first teachers of very young children. But best of all, the serious benefits of this time-tested program are all arrived at through joyful and nurturing, adult and child supportive events. 

So starting September 19 every Monday morning at 10:30 Candy Cross will lead the group of gathered adults and children in a fun and educational half-hour of movement, music and words accompanied by age appropriate props and instruments.  This all group activity time will be followed by the opportunity to socialize while playing with the library’s new selection of toys intended for adults to explore with children up to the age of three years old.  Being mindful of the fact that life with very young children is very unpredictable, no registration is required for the MGOL programs.  Anyone is welcome to join in at any point in the series.  Candy can answer questions at 978-544-2495 x103, Mon through Thursday.  Of course, the children’s room at the Wheeler Memorial Library is open to babies and all others Monday and Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday 1:00pm – 8:00pm.

1 comment:

lilmamaO said...

Candy Cross and her wonderful story time are two of the things my children and I miss the most about living in Orange!! For a young mother she was a true gift. :)