We are so blessed in this community to have an amazing public library. Not only is the facility beautiful, super clean, modern, and user friendly, there are also TONS of additional programs offered on a regular basis for all ages.
My son is 2, so we frequent the toddler programs: “Toddlers and Twos” and “Jammie’s Jamboree.” Both are unique and wonderful and geared perfectly toward his age group!
Toddler’s and Two’s
*Highlights: Daytime, great for toddlers, songs, books, and activities*
Toddlers and Two’s meets weekly for small sessions, typically 6-8 weeks at a time. This program is typically on Tuesday mornings and lasts about 30 minutes. It is lead by Teresa and/or Joa, and both ladies do such an amazing job! They do prefer for people to sign up ahead of time so that they have enough supplies and things for all the children participating. The room opens up early for some open play time. They start with a welcome song and then we all share our names. They choose a theme each week and read a few short, age-appropriate books that coincide with that theme. Then they have an activity at the end. Of course, these are toddlers we’re dealing with: my son for example may sit still for half a book or the whole song, but he’s usually up and about half the time. This is welcomed and engagement on any level is encouraged!
*Highlights: Evening, great for infants through preschoolers, songs*
Jammie Jamboree meets once a month, on a Tuesday in the evenings. I’d recommend checking out the library’s monthly calendar (or Marshalltown Mom’s Event Calendar) to know exactly when this program meets. Christine leads this 45 minutes and is seriously so great with the kiddos! My son is rather fond of bear hugging her and she takes it like a champ! This program is fun because the kids get to wear their jammies! My son loves this – he says, “just like Daniel Tiger mommy!”
Christine takes the kids and parents through several songs. She provides a printout of the songs for us to take home and it includes ways to engage with kiddos of all ages. For example: for infants, she’ll say how to hold them and interact, versus actions for toddlers and even a little bit older kids.
I think it’s so wonderful that our library offers both daytime and evening programs for kids to enjoy with their families, catering to both the stay-at-home parent or the working parent. A few additional programs include Wednesday morning story hour, “Little Bits,” Play Day, Pokemon League and even bilingual opportunities for adults.
The best way to be in touch with all of the activities happening at our library is through the library’s monthly calendar (or Marshalltown Mom’s Event Calendar). Also – make sure you sign up for their newsletter so you get regular updates on all they have to offer right in your inbox!