Visiting the library and a love of books and reading can be encouraged from a very early age. We love seeing very young children enjoying the books, crayons and puzzles in the library.
With the easing of Covid restrictions our volunteers will again be offering various activities to make early-years visits to the library fun. We’re making a start with the ever popular Rhymetime which is now going to be running through the school summer holidays.
Every Monday afternoon we meet from 2.00pm to 2.45pm to sing songs and rhymes. One of our library volunteers shows the children props which act as a prompt for a song or a rhyme. The change in the children’s concentration over the weeks is often astonishing as they learn to listen and to look.
Rhymetime can help ease isolation too. Many new mums and dads have had nowhere to take their babies during the pandemic and, as a result, have sometimes felt very isolated. Having a chance to get out of the house and meet other adults is so important. Rhymetime is a great opportunity to share time with people in the same situation and to make new friends.
Meeting other children is important for babies too. They are sometimes unaware that other children exist until they see one! They learn and develop quickly by being in a group, seeing and interacting with people, watching and absorbing what is going on, and hearing repeating rhymes and words.
Any new parents wanting to join us at Rhymetime are very welcome. It is a relaxed and very friendly afternoon.
Weather permitting, we run the sessions outside under the library’s lovely willow tree or, if the weather is inclement, go indoors. You’ll need to book. You can do so by giving us a ring on 01609 534584 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.