By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
The children’s room at the Austintown library was full of babies and their caregivers Aug. 20.
Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books is meant for children ages six to 23 months. It includes twenty minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.
Librarian Ashley Potopovich led the program.
“As parents and caregivers, we want to have positive interactions with books,” she said at the start of the session.
Children will follow that example, Potopovich added.
Some of the children sat on the laps of moms, dads and grandparents while others walked around the room and interacted with each other.
Potopovich, using a doll, guided participants through several songs and finger plays, including “The More We Get Together,” “Here is Thumpkin” and “The Royal Duke of York.” Each song ended with cheers and claps.
She displayed the written text of some on a board in the front of the room.
Potopovich also read books to the babies. Books included “The Babies on the Bus” and “How Does Baby Feel?”
Caregivers were given a hand-out that included the finger plays and books used during the event. The hand-out also included literacy tips such as, “Having your child say a repeated phrase with you throughout the book keeps him or her involved.”
Sally and Al Phipps of Austintown bring their grandson, CJ Phipps, to the Bonding with Babies and Books session when they are baby-sitting him.
“He likes the library,” Sally said.