Library playing ‘Mother Goose’

Parents of babies and toddlers are encouraged to drop by the Fort Frances Public Library on Thursday (May 16) for “A Taste of Mother Goose”—a preview of its early literacy program.
The event takes place downstairs in the children’s department beginning at 6 p.m., and is open for parents of children up to age 24 months.
Thursday’s session will outline the “Mother Goose” program, which teaches rhymes, songs, and story-telling techniques to parents so they can encourage early childhood development and reading skills.
The library piloted this program earlier this year .
“We were very surprised at the number of people we received and if we had the manpower, it would have been great to do two sessions,” head librarian Margaret Sedgwick said this morning.
About 20 parents and toddlers participated in the weekly program, and giggles and smiles abounded as the babies watched their care-givers repeat the rhymes.
Library staff will demonstrate some of these techniques to new parents Thursday.
“At least this way, they get a taste of it and if they’re interested, they can register again in the fall,” Sedgwick added.
In related news, the library also is accepting book donations for its annual “Gigantic Book Sale” to be held at the end of May.
Proceeds from this “Friends of the Library” fundraiser, to be held Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., will go towards library projects.