Babies Belong at the Library!

There are many things to love about the library as a parent—lots of books, a fun and safe place for your children to explore and play, and storytimes designed especially for your child’s age. But did you know that we offer all these things for babies, too?

A lifetime of learning and literacy begins at birth. In the first four years of life, the brain increases to 80% of its adult weight. The brain then begins to prune connections based on experience. Connections used regularly become stronger and more complex. Connections not used are considered non-essential, and the brain eventually prunes them away to increase efficiency. What this means for you is the more connections you help your baby make early on in life, the better off your child will be—creating a child who is ready to learn when kindergarten begins and ready for a lifetime of learning beyond, too.

With an expansive collection of wonderful board books for babies, we help you to help your baby love books. Don’t worry if all your baby wants to do is chew on the book—that is how they learn! Modelling how to turn pages, pointing out favorite things (“Look, it’s a dog! We have a dog, too!”), and simply sharing a love of reading will do wonders for your baby.

Should my baby be rolling over by now? Why does he put his foot in his mouth? When will she laugh? If you are wondering about your baby’s development, we have staff members who are trained to administer the ASQ Ages and Stages Questionnaire. It is a quick snapshot of your baby’s development. You simply mark a few answers on five different developmental areas, then discuss the results. It is a great way to learn more about your baby’s development and where they are heading. Whether you are just curious to know how things are going or are concerned that your baby may have developmental delays, it is a great first step. We will come to the branch that is most convenient for you! To schedule an appointment, call us at 859-342-2665, extension 8138.

Best of all, the library offers Baby Time. You might wonder what in the world you do at a baby storytime…mostly, we have fun! Babies just love storytime. Peek in the window one morning and you’ll see lots of babies who are learning about so many things while they have a wonderful time! Storytime is a great way to bond with your little one, cuddling up together while you learn new rhymes, songs, and knee bounces to share at home, too! Babies’ brains are like sponges—bringing your baby to storytime supplies you and your baby with the fuel she needs to learn how to read when kindergarten comes around.

Baby Time also offers both you and your baby a chance to get out and socialize with parents and caregivers who are experiencing the same milestones that you are. This is especially important for you new mommies and daddies who are feeling overwhelmed! Lifelong friendships are made at storytime—not just for babies, but for you too!

Baby Time is a free opportunity for you to bond with your baby in a safe and fun environment while sharing your love of the library with your baby! We offer Baby Time at our Main and Scheben locations. Join us Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. at the Main library and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at the Scheben branch now through July 26, then come back for our fall session beginning the week of September 8. We can’t wait to see you there!

Susan Sitz has been a Youth Services Associate with BCPL for nearly eleven years. She has worked with children and teens of all ages, but loves getting to work with babies and toddlers best!

 

 

 

You are invited to the Hebron Branch Grand Opening!

Boone County Public Library is excited to announce that the new Hebron Branch, 1863 North Bend Road in Hebron, will open for business on Monday, July 29, after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Tales the Library Dragon will be waiting inside to greet children after the ceremony.

Grand Opening Schedule
10 a.m. Ribbon Cutting and Open House
11:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting for the Storywalk with Will Hillenbrand
6:30 p.m. Joel the Singing Librarian

One of the great features of the Hebron Branch is the one mile Storywalk that encircles the building. Enjoy being outdoors with the kids while you walk and read pages from Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by local author Will Hillenbrand (willhillenbrand.com). The story pages are mounted and installed along the walk. Mr. Hillenbrand will join us at 11:30 a.m. for the Storywalk ribbon cutting. Take the inaugural walk with Will as he reads the story and then stop by the amphitheater stage for cookies and lemonade.

Realizing that many people will be at work when the library first opens and miss the ribbon cuttings, we have planned an event at 6:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater on opening day – Joel the Singing Librarian will entertain the entire family with music, motion and storytelling! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. (If it rains, we’ll move inside.)

The outdoor amphitheater has been designed for concerts and other outdoor performances, with the ability to easily move things indoors in case of rain. The three indoor meeting rooms at the Library can be combined into one large room with a stage and enough space to seat 388. The building also has a conference room with seating for 12. The conference room, meeting rooms and amphitheater can be reserved by outside groups with a library card. See our meeting room policy at BCPL.org/about/meeting-rooms. In addition to the meeting rooms, the building boasts five study rooms available for use by individuals and small groups, no library card needed.

Another great feature of the Hebron Branch is the Boone Innovation Lab, a makerspace with loads of equipment and computer software to challenge your creativity! All you need is a library card and a reservation, and you’ll be able to try your hand at 3D printing, laser engraving, quilting, photography, and much much more! Makerspace details will be available on our website soon!

Visitors to the Innovation Lab during opening week will be able to make their own buttons on Monday and Wednesday and try the 3D pens on Tuesday and Friday. Week two will feature photography with a green screen on Monday and Wednesday and Virtual Reality Equipment on Tuesday and Friday. By the way, the makerspace isn’t just for kids – we have equipment, tools and activities for all ages.

The over 55 population in Boone County is expected to double in size by 2030, so a special Retired Adult area has been built into this library with the large-print collection housed in it. This area has extra lighting, computer monitors with large text, and easy in-and-out chairs.

One of the most requested features for the Hebron Branch was a drive-up window. Easily drive up and pick up or drop off your books while on your way to appointments, sporting events and all those things that keep our lives so busy!

If you can’t stop by the Hebron Branch on opening day, July 29, no worries, we have lots of interesting events planned for August! Or stop by the branch anytime during open hours to meet the staff, tour the facility and check out some books!

Hebron Branch Hours (Opening at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 29)
1863 North Bend Rd, Hebron, KY 41048
Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m.