What do you get when you combine new parents, babies,and fun interactive stories? Giggles Galore ~ And it’s not just the babies giggling!! Parents, babies and librarians alike all had a wonderful time this past Wednesday, January 25th when Perry Public Library hosted our first S.T.E.P. Program story time. S.T.E.P. stands for Supporting Teens in Education and Parenting. Perry Public Library has joined together with Rainbow House Children’s Resource Center to become an enthusiastic participant as a community support for area teen parents.
The S.T.E.P. program was conducted by Yolanda Young, Children and Young Adult Specialist at Perry Library. The program focused on language and literacy development. Parents were informed of ways to build a reading environment within their homes and creating a communication rich environment. Singing, playing and reading are great ways to bond with baby and build language skills. In addition to this open discussion, moms and babies enjoyed story time! They danced, sang, and performed finger plays. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown was read aloud.
New mothers and fathers often spend their time bonding over sleepless nights, juggling new responsibilities and the general wonder of watching their new baby discover the world around them. Every new parent faces challenges of parenting for the first time and depends upon their support system of friends, family and community. Teen parents aren’t any different. Perry Public Library is pleased to welcome these families into the library and become part of their community support system.