CROWN POINT | From the day of their birth, babies are developing the skills they will need to be successful in school and in life. The more words a child hears by age 2, the larger his vocabulary will grow. So, the more a parent talks and reads to a child, the more vocabulary words he or she can absorb.
Crown Point Community Library offers a story time event designed especially for its youngest patrons. "Book Babies" is for babies from birth to 30 months. All children participate with a parent or adult caregiver.
At the Crown Point Community Library, 214 S. Court St., Book Babies will next meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23; at 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 10, 17 and 24; and 9:30 a.m. Fridays, Feb. 11, 18 and 25.
At the Winfield Branch Library, 10645 Randolph St., Book Babies next meets at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 8, 15 and 22.
Each session lasts approximately 20 minutes and includes age-appropriate stories, finger rhymes and songs. Class size is limited to 10 children.
"The single most important way for children to develop the knowledge they need to become successful readers is for you to read aloud to them often, beginning when they are babies," said library staffer Laura Clemons.
"Although babies don't understand the story that you read, reading together gives them the chance to learn about language," Clemons explained. "You don't have to be an excellent reader for your child to enjoy reading aloud together. The experience of being with you and enjoying the sound of your voice helps your baby develop a lifelong love of reading."
To sign up for a story time event, register at the library or online at www.lakenetnwi.net/member/crownpointlibrary/, or call the Crown Point library at (219) 663-0270 or the Winfield branch at (219) 662-4039.