Shhh is something you rarely hear nowadays in the Library’s children’s areas. We encourage young children to explore and learn through play in our libraries. But many young parents still feel uncomfortable bringing babies and toddlers to the library. And some immigrant families don’t know children of all ages are welcome.
To remedy that problem, CiKeithia Pugh, the Library’s Early Learning Program manager, partnered with the Nurse-Family Partnership of King County to bring the first-time moms they work with into the Library. She hosts “Loud in the Library” events for parents and babies to get them comfortable coming to the library.
A recent “Loud in the Library” event at Rainier Beach Branch included sharing stories and early literacy tips plus time for free play, snacks, and socializing. One of the moms, a certified instructor of Zumbini (movement classes for babies and toddlers), led the group in a few dances.
CiKeithia’s innovative work connecting young children and their parents with the Library is made possible by support from donors to The Seattle Public Library Foundation. It’s one more way gifts to the Foundation help ensure the long-term vitality of The Seattle Public Library.