Poland library teaches lesson for babies in literacy and sound

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Parents and babies sang "Itsy Bitsy Spider," complete with hand motions, on Sept. 27 at the Poland library for their Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books event.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Babies shook their shakers along with a song-on-tape featuring multiple nursery rhymes at the Poland library on Sept. 27.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.The children played with toys at the end of Bonding with Babies and Books after sining and reading along with libarian Vicki Peck.


Neighbors | Zack Shively.Poland librarian Vicki Peck read "I Like to Sqeak! How Do You Speak?" by Fiona Galloway to the babies in the Children's Activity Room.



The Poland library helped babies discover sounds on Sept. 27 during “Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books.“

Librarian Vicki Peck opened the day with a series of songs, including “Where is Thumbkin?“ and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.“ The library uses these popular sing-songs at most Bonding with Babies and Books events.

Then, she went into animal songs and stories. She passed out a handout to the parents of the children that explained that hearing and repeating animal sounds allows the babies to hear smaller sounds in words.

She read “Do Cows Meow?“ by Salina Yoon and “I Like To Squeak! How Do You Speak?“ by Fhiona Galloway, which both focused on the sounds animals make. When she said the sound, the parents and babies would repeat it.

The group also sang a couple of songs, such as “The Grand Duke of York“ and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.“ Like the books, these songs used animal sounds and rhyming. Rhyming, according to the library’s research, helps babies learn early literacy skills.

The group listened to a song-on-tape from Dr. Pam Schiller that combined numerous nursery rhymes. The babies moved the shaker to the left, right or center during the songs along with Peck’s instruction.

Peck ended the event with “If You’re Happy and You Know It“ and a play time. She brought out boxes of toys for the children to play with until they left.

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