Let’s give a shoutout to Ward 4 parents and guardians of infants and toddlers and the D.C. Public Library! In its July 30 issue, The Washington Post Magazine published statistics for citywide participation in the library system’s “STAR: Books From Birth” program — part of its Sing, Talk and Read initiative. Ward 4 topped the charts with 3,853 participants, and it came in second with enrollment by 68.93 percent of eligible children (birth through age 5). Each enrolled child receives a free book each month through a collaboration with the nonprofit Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
As part of the initiative, the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library has weekly programs to involve young children in other activities: Baby Lap Time stories and songs on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; Baby and Toddler Story Time on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; and Family Story Time on Saturdays at 11 a.m.
For other age groups, the library offers FutureMakers on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Drama Rama on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. for elementary school children; and mid-morning movies on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for all ages but especially those who are intellectually/developmentally challenged.
The library also hosts special programs such as “Reptiles Alive!” at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, and “Coffee and Conversation” for adults at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Don’t forget special activities at the Studio Lab Express, such as the two-hour “Open Your World in 3-D” workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 8. Check at the library desk or online for registration information.
Meanwhile, the summer reading program continues through Aug. 31 for all ages. There’s still plenty of time to register, read, and get badges and other rewards.
— June Confer