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Visit the Brentwood Block Party Aug. 28; Hear Pam Schiller's Talk on Early Literacy Aug. 30

It’s always interesting to hear people reminisce about “their old library branch” when they were youngsters, and it’s often the Brentwood Branch they’re talking about.

People love that tidy, neighborhood branch, which turned 40 in April 2011. Today, Sunday, Aug. 28, the library wants to give a little back with a free Block Party from 2-4 p.m. on the parking lot.

Whether you’re a “graduate” of the branch or you’ve never been there, you’re invited to bring the family, some lawn chairs and join the neighborhood for some music, refreshments, games and more. Leo the Library Lion will also make an appearance, so bring the camera.
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Parents, grandparents and child care providers will take home new skills after hearing Dr. Pam Schiller at a 6:30 p.m., Tuesday (Aug. 30) library-sponsored event at Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church, 316 E. Sunshine St. Child care providers who attend will also receive one clock hour of training credit.

Schiller is an author, early childhood consultant and educator who will put fun into teaching how to help little ones be prepared for school. Her talk, “Racing to Read: The Joyful Journey to Literacy,” is open to adults. Child care will not be provided.

Seating is limited; tickets are free but are required for entrance. Tickets are available at any Springfield-Greene County Library. For details call Nancee at 616-0563.

“Parents and caregivers will discover how very simple interactions with their young children – playing make-believe, singing songs and nonsense rhymes, reading books, being silly, and talking about what they are doing – are the most effective ways to make sure their young ones are prepared to succeed for kindergarten,” said Nancee Dahms-Stinson, the district’s coordinator of youth services.

Schiller will cover the types of skills children need to succeed in kindergarten, and focus on how easily parents can teach these skills by doing fun activities like singing songs and nonsense rhymes, reading, talking and playing with their kids. Attendees will receive a free book to support early literacy efforts with their children.

“Parents will leave the event with a strong understanding of how easy and fun it can be for their children and themselves to make sure their children are avid learners,” Dahms-Stinson said.

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