Monday, December 12, 2016

"December Fun at Your Library" | @ the Library Article

This December is full of fun and learning at your Abilene Public LibraryMockingbird Branch has begun a new program, "Play & Learn," for toddlers, our highly popular "Read to a Dog" program has returned, and we have family-friendly movies showing every month.  Find out all the details below.

Children learn while they play!  One of t4he latest trends in larger city libraries is to provide a time of sensory play for young children.  What is sensory play?  Sensory play is any activity that stimulates a child's senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing.  Exposing children to sensory play helps them develop and refine the use of their senses.  Stimulating these senses help children develop cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, physical, and creative skills.

Our children come into this world ready to find out about their surroundings.  Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.  Although children respond differently to sensory experiences, these experiences can be therapeutic, improve motor skills, raise awareness of how the world works, and contribute at language acquisition.  Sorting buttons or pom-poms by color, sifting through colored rice searching for dinosaurs, stringing and lacing items: that's sensory play!  Abilene Public Library's Mockingbird Branch is providing a 30-minute sensory play time called Play & Learn, for children age 1-3.  Play & Learn is on Tuesdays at 10:00AM.  Participants must sign a City of Abilene Activity Waiver prior to participation.

Children of all ages will have a blast at our "Read to a Dog!" event on Monday, December 19 at 10:30AM.  The Tail-Waggin' Tutors will provide the dogs, and we will provide the books - now all we need is you.  Many beginning readers find it easier and less nerve-wracking to read to a dog instead of to another person.  This event allows children the opportunity to practice reading aloud without worrying about judgment for making mistakes.  The dogs are all well-trained and gentle, so even the shyest children will be able to participate.  Come early because this is one of our most popular programs!

Join us at Mockingbird Branch for a Family Movie on Wednesday, December 21 at 2:30PM!  The movie is a classic comedy from 1972 about a man who inherits a ski resort and moves his family from New York to the Rocky Mountains to run it.  However, when they arrive they find it is a run-down wreck.  Hilarity and hijinks ensue as they fend off the efforts of a land-grabber to sabotage the resort and do their best to bring the resort up to standard.  The movie is free, and you are welcome to bring snacks and drinks (with a lid) for during the movie.  Afterwards, check out our extensive movie collection or browse our books for free entertainment during the holidays.  For more details about these, or any other programs at Mockingbird Branch, call 325-437-7323 or go online to our website at www.abilenetx.com/apl.  We hope to see you there.

Article Contributed by Susannah Barrington & Darla Casella, Mockingbird Branch of the Abilene Public Library.

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