Our economic times demand that parents look for free activities for their children to participate in, and libraries are meeting this need. Parents don't often know that libraries offer more than just the opportunity to go and check out a book to read. Libraries are now concentrating on family activities and even pets can participate in some of these activities. Storytimes are also now more than sitting and listening to a story. Storytimes now have become a new time for children to meet and socialize with other children after listening to the story. Play groups with fun activities are often a part of the storytime at the library.
There are several libraries in Sarasota that are offering much more to children and families in the way of free activities. Selby Library is offering a Fun With Family Literacy Workshop on March 20 for parents/guardians and children up to 5 years of age. Hands-on literacy activities for the whole family to enjoy together while supporting the child's development of important literacy skills. More information about this event can be accessed at www.Sclibs.net.
Selby Library also offers Partners in Play activities in collaboration with Forty Carrots Family Center on Mondays throughout each month. This event is limited to the first 12 families with children who are mobile(crawling) up to age 5 years of age. Parents are encouraged to drop in to the library to meet new parents and learn new ways to be a great parent with the educational information provided by Forty Carrots educators. Partners in Play at Selby Library is from 10:15-11:00 a.m. each Monday. Interested parents may call 941-861-1130 for information about this free activity at Selby.
Venice Library is a part of the Sarasota County Library system offers a fun activity on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Read with the Dogs at the Venice Library invites children to come in and read to dogs from the Suncoast Humane Society. These dogs are pet therapy dogs, and make great listeners for children who want to practice reading aloud. you may call 941-861-1348 for information about this activity at the library.
All of these activities at the library offer opportunities to discover that your library really does offer more than just walking in to check out a book