By TIM CLEVELAND
As part of its continued efforts to improve early-childhood literacy, Poland library has been hosting Baby Brilliant events in different age groups where children listen to stories and sing to help improve their reading skills.
The age groups are 6-23 months, 2-3 years-old and 4-5 years-old. On July 30 Poland library hosted the 6-23-month-olds.
Youth librarian Vikki Peck read stories such as “Say Hello Like This!” and “How Hippo Says Hello,” and led the children in singing “Where is Thumbkin?,” “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “The Wheels on the Bus.” Afterwards the children played with toys.
Danielle Mrofchak of Poland brought her 12-month-old daughter Allie to the event. Danielle is a kindergarten teacher at LaCroft Elementary in East Liverpool.
“I’m a school teacher, so being off in the summer it’s nice to be able to come with the other kids and get her involved in story time,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to do this with the little ones.”
Mrofchak said the events have helped Allie as well.
“Absolutely. Being a teacher, myself, I know how important it is for early literacy,” she said. “This is fantastic that they put this on. Rhyming and being able to teach the kids just little stories. She loves it.”