Children have been a focus of the Greenpoint Library since its founding in 1906. In recent years, as the number of young families in the neighborhood has increased, so have children’s programs at the branch. And though there has been less activity in recent months, Library Supervisor and Children’s Librarian Robert A. Simic, who was hired in late October, promises more to come in the near-future.
Currently the library hosts the weekly “Read & Play” (newborn to age 5) and “Afterschool Stories” (for school-aged kids). Both are offered in connection with the Brooklyn Public Library’s “Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs.” Other programs include the highly popular “Arts and Crafts” and a weekly “Caregiver Read & Greet,” where children can read, play and interact with others their age as well as with their caregivers. Specific times and descriptions of all these and more can be found on the library’s “Events Calender” at http://catalog.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/iii/calendar/month.
Beginning in December, the library will add a “Preschool Storytime” (ages 3 to 5) on Fridays; a “Toddler Time” (ages 18-36 months) on Tuesdays; and a “Wii for Tweens” video game program on Wednesday afternoons.
Also in the works are “Babies & Books” and “more literature-based programs for the school-age set,” which Simic believes “will promote reading and the library’s collection.” The children’s corner occupies a prominent place in the library with soft chairs and hundreds of titles for any budding bookworm.
The library always encourages parents and caregivers to participate in the programs with their kids, whether it’s singing, dancing or painting. “Our hope,” Simic wrote in a recent email to the Gazette, “is that they’ll take some of the ideas and concepts learned in our programs and apply them at home.”
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