Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library day this Saturday, February 2, at The Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, 529 Pierce St., Sioux City. Activities include Family Storytime at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Staff will share a variety of stories that take place in libraries. Puppet shows hold special magic for children; the Library will present a unique viewing experience of Three Billy Goats Gruff at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. using shadow puppets.
“We want to encourage parents to think of the Library as a fun place to enjoy with your children,” says Jeanette Bobeen, Youth Services Manager at the Sioux City Public Library. “The modern library is not just about homework help.”
2013 marks the second year—and the Sioux City Public Library’s first—for this grassroots celebration of Take Your Child to the Library day. The event started in 2011 when a Connecticut librarian adapted the slogan from a bookstore ad. Spreading quickly through social media, participating libraries this year hail from 34 states and 4 countries.
“Why bring your child to the Library? Research shows that the first years of life are the most crucial for brain development and literacy preparedness,” states Bobeen. “Public libraries offer programs and services that support a child’s growth and development at every age. Take your child to the Library—on February 2 and every day. On the first Saturday in March we’ll celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. If these programs are well received, we will plan additional first Saturday of the month activities for children and parents to enjoy and explore together.”