Library starts Read to Me campaign this Saturday

POSTED: 08/30/11 12:23 PM

St. Maarten – The Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s annual book start campaign Read to Me targets babies and toddlers. This year’s theme is Sharing is Caring. The Library organizes the campaign in close collaboration with Ennia, Sifma, and the White and Yellow Cross Foundation.
The Read to Me-campaign runs from this upcoming Saturday until next week Friday. Parents and caregivers of children below the age of five are encouraged to introduce their children to the joy of books.
The main campaign activities are educational workshops and fun events during which parents will receive information about engaging in more reading activities with their baby or toddler.
“Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to help ensure success in your child’s life,” the library stated in a press release.
This Saturday, all parents who register their baby or toddler at the library will get a gift bag sponsored by Ennia Insurances and Manrique Capriles & Sons. The parents will also receive a library card free of charge, though they will have to pay a (refundable) 25-guilder deposit.

Also on Saturday the library will hold be open house. Ennia Insurances, Collective Prevention Services, and Sifma will give information about the importance of insuring children’s future, vaccinating against diseases, and the importance of reading to them.
There will also be a clown, a bouncy castle, music, and face painting. Food and drinks will be on sale.

On Tuesday the library organizes an educational reading workshop between 6.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. where parents will learn how to read to their babies and toddlers. Patricia Maier of the University of St Martin will present the workshop and Edith Peters will do the storytelling.
On Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Zoya Hyman will dance with the babies. She is a teacher at Motion Dance Theater and also the choreographer of the musical production Camp Rock St. Maarten. Movement and dance play a big role in a child’s development; it helps increase memory, language, and emotion “Did you know when language is combined with movement learning increases 90%?” the library stated in its press release.
On Friday children are invited to come dressed in their best pajamas for the closing reading activity. The N.C. Wathey Group has donated one of its mascots, so Sponge Bob Square Pants may make his appearance
Entry to the week’s activities is free. Library membership is free for babies and toddlers.

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