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'Early Years Are Learning Years': Lincoln celebrates Week of the Young Child


Celebrate Week of the Young Child April 11-17

As part of the national Week of the Young Child (April 11-17, 2010) celebrated across the country, Lincoln, NE is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.

The Week of the Young Child is a time for the Lincoln community to focus on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Since 1992, local community organizations who share a commitment to children and early childhood education have partnered in this annual event. In 2010, partner organizations are working together to promote the Week of the Young Child through events across the Lincoln community.

A free kick off event at the Lincoln Children's Museum is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, from 9:30 to 1:00 p.m. Once Upon A Time: Exploring Children's Favorite Stories will feature an opportunity for children to experience fun and educational activities based on some of their favorite books, while parents learn about many of the early childhood programs available for families in and around Lincoln. Guests who park in any downtown Lincoln parking garage will be provided with vouchers good for three hours.

Developing early reading skills is crucial to children’s success in school. Children who enter school with larger vocabularies start school ahead of children who have not been exposed to enriching language environments. Reach out, Lincoln, and help children get the early literacy foundation they need to succeed in school.

Lincoln City Libraries will celebrate Week of the Young Child with the following special events for families and their children at each of its library branches, and artwork from area children will be on display at all Lincoln City Libraries through the month of April.

Monday, April 12
Bethany Branch Library: Puppet Show With Molly Esseks 4:00 p.m
South Branch Library: It's a Pirate Party! 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13
Walt Branch Library: Family Storytime - Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! Let's Visit the Moon 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Bennett Martin Public Library: Tea for Twosday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Eiseley Branch Library: Fancy Nancy Dress Up Day 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 14
Gere Branch Library: Chris Sayre 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 15
Anderson Branch Library: Wii Play for Families 6:30 p.m.
Williams Branch Library: Growing with Books - Gardening Crafts and Stories 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

For more info:
Lincoln City Libraries
Lincoln Children's Museum

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  • Chris Keach 5 years ago

    This is a great program! As a teacher, I can't stress enough how important it is for early education. Working with middle schoolers, I want to be able to read books and pull them apart with my students. It's hard to do when I still have kids decoding words and stumbling over sight words.

  • frank 5 years ago

    Children and books! I can think of more important cause right now than early childhood education. Investing in children now benefits us all later and these groups should be commended. I hope everyone supports and embraces these and other local programs.

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