Lapsit Baby Storytime, designed for children to age 2, is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Even the smallest babies benefit from these special sessions. The storyteller leads children and their caregivers through easy fingerplays, bounces and songs, and introduces them to colorful, engaging picture books. Early exposure to books and the spoken word assists in brain development, and encourages language skills, creativity and other characteristics that benefit children for life.
For children 2½ to 3½, the library offers Toddler Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Toddler Time engages children and their caregivers in a wide variety of books and activities. Reading to children encourages a love of literature, and repetition of fingerplays and songs stimulates learning and focuses attention.
Preschoolers 3½ to 5 will enjoy library’s Picture Book Time, held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. At this age, children are beginning to refine their vocabulary, develop social skills and retain basic facts. Picture Book Time reinforces important skills for school attendance, such as attentiveness, interaction with an instructor and other children, plus knowledge of simple concepts such as colors, animals and shapes.
For children unable to visit the library for a morning or afternoon storytime, the library offers ongoing Pajama Times every Monday night at 7. Children of all ages can snuggle up for a story. Pajamas are optional.
Storytimes take place in the seating area just inside the library’s front door. The Brentwood Library, 104 Oak St., is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the library and its programs, call 925-516-5290 or visit www.ccclib.org.