Swords Baby Book Club

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on August 31, 2015 in Libraries

If you’re looking for something educational and fun for your baby or pre-schoolers we have a fantastic Baby Book Club at Swords Library.  The aim of the club is to introduce babies and very young children to the love of books and literacy and to socialise with others.  We encourage and support parents and carers […]

If you’re looking for something educational and fun for your baby or pre-schoolers we have a fantastic Baby Book Club at Swords Library. The aim of the club is to introduce babies and very young children to the love of books and literacy and to socialise with others. We encourage and support parents and carers to share in reading books, telling stories and rhymes with their children.

The group mixes reading and story -telling as a source of pleasure and fun, which enhances children’s early development. We read all types of stories and sing songs together with the children, which they love. The Swords Baby Book club meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month and have a number of babies and parents who regularly come along. It’s great for them to meet each month.

Great for Parents too

Recently we introduced musical instruments to our group, the children love to play the instruments and sing along. By having the babies listen to the stories, sing the songs and touch and feel the books they learn to be aware of language and literacy and hopefully a lifelong love of books. Parents are often very curious and interested in what type of books to be reading to the children of different ages and different reading levels. So you get to learn from the fun too and it promotes reading within the family. Children love our themed days that we have from time to time such as the “Reading Buzz “ day where the children dress up as buzzy bees and we’ve even had special guest readers which is great!

Learning to socialise

Libraries are a great way for parents to try out different types of books for free and understand how to share their love of words with their children. The library and the book club is also great way for the children and parents to get out of the house and meet and socialise with other children and parents. This is often a challenge for those with younger children. Children are great communicators and have a need to be listened to and the reading encourages them to tell stories of their own. Reading books fuels their imagination, which is great for them and it’s also a great way for parents to spend some quality time in a relaxed environment with other parents

By Karen Scattergood, Swords Library

 

Swords Library Baby Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 10.30am

Malahide Library Parent & Toddler Group meets every Thursday morning at 10am with the Baby Book Club taking place on the last Thursday of the month.

Donabate Library Baby Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 11.30am (as part of the Parent & Toddler Group which meets every Tuesday morning between 11am and 12.30pm)

Baldoyle Library Parent & Toddler Group meets every Friday between 10.30am and 12pm.

Blanchardstown Library Baby Book Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 11.30am. The Parent & Toddler Group meets every Wednesday between 10am & 1pm (Drop in session)

Howth Library Baby Book Club meets the third Thursday of every month at 11am