News at the Geneseo Public Library:
Babies need words every day. The quality and frequency of communication that a child experiences directly shape his or her brain development. It is vital that parents and caregivers talk to their babies. So much so, that the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) has started the campaign—Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play.
Babies Need Words is a nationwide public awareness initiative created to help bridge the Thirty Million Word Gap. You see, by the age of 4, children in low-income homes will have heard 30 million fewer words than their more advantaged peers. This word gap has a profound influence on a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life. On-going research proves that one of the most high-impact and cost-effective ways to reduce crime, improve health and education outcomes, and build a thriving community is by investing in its youngest members.
The library will participate in the campaign by hanging posters with ideas for sharing words with babies, and providing booklists to support young children’s acquisition of language and basic concepts. We also invite you to attend our story times for young children. Ages 0-3 meet Wednesdays at 10:30 am, ages 3+ meet Thursdays at 10:00 am. The latter group will change up over the summer when we have special programs. We hope you will participate by bringing your children and grandchildren, and telling your neighbors and co-workers. The library believes in lifelong learning and as you can see we start encouraging children to read as early as possible.
Claire Crawford, Library Director