New Play and Learn Programs at the Library
Story Time is getting a shake-up this fall at the White Lake Community Library. Toddlers, preschoolers, and their caregivers are invited to an all-new program featuring numerous hands-on learning opportunities, active play, and a free book for each family in attendance. The new “Play and Learn” program will be offered twice each Tuesday beginning September 27, with a morning session starting at 10:15 and an evening session starting at 6:15. Both programs are an hour long, and registration is not required.
Just like a traditional library story time, Play and Learn is a great place for little ones to have fun with stories, crafts, songs and games while developing the early literacy skills essential for becoming good readers. It is also a great place for parents and caregivers to spend time with other adults, and to learn tips and tricks for encouraging early literacy at home.
This new program is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Great Start Collaborative of Muskegon, a program of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. The first session will last for 12 weeks, ending December 13. It will be organized under three themes, each one being celebrated for 4 weeks in a row. A book to fit the theme will be given to each family that attends, so families will receive a total of 3 books during the course of the program.
In addition to the Play and Learn group, the library will also be offering a new Baby Time program on Mondays at 10:30, beginning September 26. Aimed at infants though two-year-olds and their caregivers, this brief program is full of books and bouncy rhymes. It will be followed by some free-play time so parents and caregivers can visit with one another while the babies play under their supervision.
Other youth programs available at the library this fall include Crazy 8s Math Club for kids in grades 3 through 5, which will meet on Mondays from 4 to 5 pm beginning October 3. Thursday Night is Family Night, with a different family-friendly program each week at 6:30 beginning September 29. Lastly, open gaming is offered every Friday afternoon from 2-4, featuring video games, deck-based games, board games, and free snacks.