Bookworm babies jam city’s library
Eva Feldman and Barbara Feldman help Eva's baby, Max Feldman, 7 months old, shake small maracas during the "Fall Baby Booktime" at the Highland Park Public Library on Friday, December 23, 2011. | Ruthie Hauge ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 6, 2012 8:09AM
Even though they can’t yet read, the Highland Park Public Library welcomed 25 special guests on a recent morning for story time.
Librarian Deena Jenkins filled the library’s meeting room with puppets, stuffed animals, a parachute and musical instruments to introduce the soon-to-be readers to the sounds and rhythms of language.
On Dec. 23, 25 babies and their parents attended Baby Booktime to enjoy the music, rhymes and stories. Multiple copies of books were provided so that each adult could read along to their child.
“Miss Deena developed Baby Booktime to delight and stimulate babies’ senses and build a foundation for a lifelong love of books and reading,” said library marketing specialist Beth Keller of the recurring Friday morning free program.
The library’s comprehensive storytime program also includes sessions for kids up to kindergarten, all designed to build pre-reading skills in fun ways.
Registration is required.
For more information about the library’s reading programs, call (847) 432-0216 or visit hplibrary.org.