Hopefully all you fellow mommies have already discovered this, but seeing as how I only learned about this a couple weeks ago, perhaps it is not as common knowledge as it probably should be?
Storytime for Babies
Rhymes, songs, bounces, fingerplays and stories for parents and caregivers with their babies.
This amazing FREE program provided by the Vancouver Public Library is a 1/2 hour of sing-a-longs, tickle games, squealing babies and crawling shenanigans. There is a story time Every Single Day in the libraries all around Vancouver. Just show up, no need to prepare, know the rhymes or prepare ahead of time.
I don’t know about you, but I honestly don’t remember many nursery rhymes. I guess it’s the combination of being a first time mom, and not having any nieces or nephews nearby. Youtube-ing “Nursery Rhymes” or “Games for Babies” is really not that exciting. The only determining factor for us in whether to go out for storytime or not was if Finn was awake or asleep by the time storytime rolled around.
Check out the VPL events calendar for storytime around you!
Here’s a guide to some Storytime categories:
Babytime – Recommended for newborns to approximately 18 months.
Toddler Storytime – For ages 18 months to 3 years.
Family Storytime – Suitable for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn together.
Chinese Storytime – Storytime in Mandarin and Cantonese! Super fun with a great age range of children, so beware it’s a rowdier bunch than normal Babytime! The program runs 5 weeks in Mandarin, then 5 weeks in Cantonese.
Man on the Moon – It’s Storytime for Dads (and other male caregivers) only! Designed to encourage stoic men-folk to let out their rhyming cooing babytalk in public, Dads get an entire hour of baby bonding fun. Registration is encouraged.
Parents’ Night Out – This one is a little hilarious to me, parents’ night out is not a hang loose, have a beer type evening. Rather it’s about crafting and learning about new ways to support your child’s learning at home. In any case, it sounds like a great time to meet other parents and chit chat, which is all a night out really needs to be!
So have fun, enjoy your public library, and go get your baby a library card (no late fees for the little ones!).