By TIM CLEVELAND
Like other area libraries, Austintown library hosts several Baby Brilliant events during the year to help encourage development of early reading skills. On June 11, the library hosted a Fun for 4’s and 5’s event for preschool children ages 4-5. The other Baby Brilliant events are for babies and toddlers.
The event on June 11 had a summer theme to get the children ready not only for summer but also for the summer reading program.
“We’ve been doing these for years,” juvenile librarian Kathe Orr said. “It’s part promoting early literacy, the skills to help kids when they go to school. Most of them have a good time and they enjoy coming.
“We just started our summer reading program. It’s a good way to get them interested in summer and coming out and registering for summer reading.”
Keeping with the summer theme, Orr read books such as “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” and led the children in songs such as “Who is Here Today?” and “I Can Wiggle My Fingers.”
Amber Freudenberg attended along with her son Bryce.
“He loves coming to the library,” she said. “We’ve been coming for about a year and a half. He really enjoys it.”
Amber said Bryce loves coming to the library and reading.
“Every time we come here we get books,” she said. “He loves to pick out a different book.”
Orr said no matter a child’s age, they can have a good time at the library.
“It gives them a good experience in the library and they make friends and I think if you use the library when you’re young, even if you go away from it for a while as you get older, you come back,” she said.