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Public libraries offer early literacy programming to preschool-aged children. This is usually in the form of story hours, specific to their age group. During this special time, librarians use high-quality picture books, songs, poetry, finger plays, puppets and even crafts to engage the children and to make it fun! Some even have inviting spaces for children to enjoy literacy-rich, hands-on experiences in an interactive and caring environment.

With the help of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc., staff and parents are ensuring that young children visit libraries; and that parents know that a library is a great community resource not just for their children but for them as well! The best news for parents is that it is at no cost to them!

Recently, children enrolled in the Canton Early Head Start socialization and their families, who reside in the Mansfield area, were invited to visit the Mansfield Free Public Library. Everyone was given a tour of the children’s book section and the rules of the library were discussed. Canton Early Head Start Family Partner, Jen Dinan talked with families about the services the library has to offer such as a story hour, block play area, STEM back packs and the library’s summer reading program.

Photo Caption:       Nova and her mom, Ashley are seen playing with the puppets building language skills and imaginary play during a recent visit to the Mansfield Free Public Library.