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Library hosts Baby Brilliant story time

Friday, August 31, 2018

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Noah, of Boardman, played along at the Canfield library’s Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books on Aug. 2.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Jane Adams, Canfield library children’s librarian, led a group of parents and children in language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories on Aug. 2.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A group of parents and children enjoyed participating in the fun at Canfield library’s Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

The Canfield library hosted Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books for children ages 6-23 months on Aug. 2. The story time offered 20 minutes of language enrichment including rhymes, songs and stories, followed by time to play and socialize.

Jane Adams, children’s librarian, chose books, rhymes and songs focused on narrative skills.

Adams started with the “The More We Get Together” as her opening song and then moved into the rhyme “Riding Game,” during which parents bounced their children on their laps.

Adams continued with “Shoe the Little Horse,” which encouraged parents to tap their children’s feet and at the end of the rhyme to lift their feet in the air. Next, Adams led the group in the classic “Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake” with plenty of clapping by both parents and children.

The group then sang “Noble Duke of York,” followed by the lively rhyme “Open Them, Shut Them.” Next, Adams shared a picture book with the children and then read “How a Baby Grows” by Laura Godwin.

Adams led the group with several more classic children’s rhymes, including “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” “This Little Piggy,” “Pease Porridge Hot” and “I’m a Little Tea Pot.”

To close the language enrichment portion of the story time, Adams and the parents sang “If You’re Happy and You Know It” to the children, complete with an abundance of clapping from everyone.

Adams then laid out several age appropriate toys on the carpet and invited the children and their parents gather together to play and socialize with each other.