Boardman hosts weekly literacy event for babies
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Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Librarian John Yingling read to children gathered at Boardman library's weekly Baby Brilliant event August 6.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Babies and their families attended Boardman library's weekly Baby Brilliant event August 6.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Children follow along with librarians as they are read books and sing songs at the Boardman library's Baby Brilliant event August 6.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Parents hold their children as they dance along to songs sung by librarian John Yingling at the Boardman library August 6.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker .Librarian John Yingling sings to children and their parents at the weekly Baby Brilliant event at the Boardman library August 6.
By JESSICA HARKER
The Boardman library hosted its weekly Baby Brilliant: Bonding with Babies and Books event on Aug. 6.
Librarian John Yingling hosted the event for children ages 6-23 months-old.
“At any age, reading is important, but the earlier you can get a child involved in reading the better,” Yingling said.
During the event, Yingling said he focuses on early literacy skills by reading books and singing songs with children.
Children sit with their family members and participate as Yingling reads aloud to the group.
“This is really very important,” Yingling said. “Nowadays, there is so much research that says that children this age pick up on a lot more than we thought.”
Yingling said that children under age 5 are essentially sponges, and the more you can introduce them to literacy skills the better off they are.
After the event, Yingling says he always leaves time for children to play.
Parents are able to let their children play with a group of toys and socialize together.
“It’s important to let them have time to learn how to socialize,” Yingling said.
The event is hosted by the Boardman library every week on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
For more information on this event or any other upcoming library events, visit www.libraryvisit.org.