Family Literary Day was well-received

Family Literacy Day, co-ordinated by the Emo Public Library and the Emo Toy Library last Tuesday (Jan. 27) was very well-received.
There was a literacy workshop for the adults while the children enjoyed a pajama party, complete with stories and activities,. Each child brought along their own stuffed animal or a favourite story.
The workshop offered parents ideas on how to include literacy in the family routine.
After the workshop, parents and children were invited to look over displays of age-appropriate books put together by the EPL staff. Snacks also were provided, and everyone had a chance to win a great prize courtesy of the ETL and EPL.
In other news, the ETL is looking forward to Valentine’s celebrations on either Thursday, Feb. 12 or Friday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m.-noon. There will be snacks, games, crafts, and Valentines for the kiddies.
A reminder the ETL will be closed next Tuesday (Feb. 10) so the staff, Jennifer Miedema and April Simmons, can attend a training workshop in Dryden that will benefit all those who use the centre.
As such, the Kids Craft Club for that day is cancelled.
Miedema also is planning on changing some of the ETL’s hours and offering new programs. She would appreciate some input on the above.
The ETL will hold a public meeting in the near future so people can voice their suggestions.
Website of the month is a new feature the ETL will include in its newsletters. Each website featured will provide parents/caregivers with info about child development, parenting topics, helpful tips, and info regarding suggestions and activities.
February’s website is www.investinkinds.ca, where you will find answers to questions asked by parents as well as ideas on how to encourage all areas of child development.
The ETL is in need of clothes (pants, shirts, sweaters, slippers, etc.) in good condition that would fit children aged one-six. This is in case a child needs a change of clothes during the day.
Finally, the ETL is now a peanut- and nut-free facility, which is due to the fact more an more people are reported to have nut allergies. As of Jan. 1, peanut and nut products no longer are allowed at the ETL.
This policy includes all nuts as well as all products that do or may contain traces of nuts.