Libraries start baby events

A new series of events for the littlest library users starts this month at libraries across Jackson County.

Babies in the Library programs focus on early literacy skills such as rhyming, repetition, reading aloud, and oral language. These skills are taught in a thirty-minute story time of songs, simple games, and reading, followed by a half-hour of play and chat time designed for children up to 12 months old. Copies of the books read during story time will be available so families may check them out to read at home, program planners said.

The Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., starts the series at 1 p.m. Monday. Events continue weekly through Nov. 2. Call 774-8678 for information.

The Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., launches its baby program at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. The series continues through Nov. 3. Call 774-6995 for information.

The Central Point library, 116 S. Third St., starts the series at 11 a.m. Sept. 18. It continues until Nov. 6. Call 664-3228 for information.

The White City library, 3143 Ave. C, starts its program Sept. 19. A Spanish session is offered at 10:30 a.m. and an English session begins at 11:30 a.m. Events continue through Nov. 7. Call 864-8880 for information.

The next step, called Wobblers in the Library, offers a short story time for babies ages 12 to 36 months who aren't quite ready to sit through a preschool story time yet. It also starts next week. It is offered at the Medford library at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, and at the Ashland library at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

The early learning programs are funded by a grant from the John and Betty Gray Early Childhood Project through the Oregon Community Foundation and supported by the Jackson County Library Foundation.

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