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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 17, 2014

At the Library

By Jolisa Weidner, Washington Public Library | Apr 22, 2013

We had a lot of visitors stop by the library to enjoy the preschool art show hosted by the library as part of the Week of the Young Child celebration. It was fun to see the young artists' reaction as they found their work on the wall. There is always a nice variety of art work, and we want to thank our area preschool teachers for taking the time to set up this fun show.

Washington is fortunate to have such good preschools and day care centers in our area who serve the needs of this ever-growing population. I have the pleasure of visiting many of the sites during my weekly outreach reading programs, and am amazed at the number of 3- to 5-year old children who are served in Washington. Each center offers dedicated teachers and staff preparing early learners in developing school readiness skills.

Preschool story time programs have long been a part of library programming. It has grown to include programs for babies and toddlers. We offer these programs to assist parents in getting their babies and toddlers on a path to literacy. Research has shown that the first three years of exploring and playing with books, singing nursery rhymes, listening to stories and recognizing words are truly the building blocks for language and literacy development. Offering these programs, we hope to provide those building blocks of early learning that create a start for a successful preschool experience.

We will conclude our spring reading programs April 25. Summer programming begins June 4. Registration will begin May 6. As always the programs are free.

 

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