South Hills Mom

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Bethel Park Library

on September 9, 2013
Bethel Park Library (photo credit:  www.bethelparklibrary.org)

Bethel Park Library
(photo credit: http://www.bethelparklibrary.org)

When my daughter was three months old we discovered “Book Babies” at the Bethel Park Library.  We showed up on a cold March morning and entered a cozy, brightly colored room in the children’s department and watched as more moms, babies, and toddlers trickled in.  The babies wiggled around, the toddlers explored the books, musical instruments, and (of course) the chairs in the room while the moms greeted each other.  Promptly at 10:00 Ms. Elaine entered the room.  We didn’t know it then, but Ms. Elaine has the power to captivate a room full of babies and toddlers with a smile.  The toddlers toddled back to their moms laps and even the babies stopped what they were doing in anticipation of what was to come.  Ms. Elaine led the group in the “welcome song” before leading us through songs, rhymes, and fingerplays for the next 20-25 minutes.  Some were familiar (like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”), some were new (like “The Grand Old Duke of York”), and ALL were fun!  We returned week after week…and before I knew it my daughter would refuse to face me during “Row Row Row Your Boat” because it meant her back was to her beloved Ms. Elaine!  She’s 21 months old now, and there are very few weeks that don’t include a visit to the library and Ms. Elaine.

The fall session of classes at the BP Library started today, with “Giggle and Wiggle” at 10:00.  We attended this class, which is geared towards 2-6 year olds, along with at least 20 other little ones this morning.  “Giggle and Wiggle” is a high energy class, full of singing, dancing, reading, and, well, giggling and wiggling!  This class is so popular that it’s offered twice, at 10:00 and 11:00 on Monday mornings.

Other classes at the Bethel Park Library include “Toddler Tuesdays” at 10 and 11 on Tuesdays, “Mother Goose on the Loose” at 10 and 11 on Wednesdays, “Baby Jam” at 10 and 11 on Thursdays, and “Preschool Storytime” at 10, 11, and 1 on Fridays.

“Mother Goose on the Loose” (which is OUR favorite) is also offered at 10 on Saturdays in September.

Classes break seasonally, with the session that just started wrapping up at the end of October.  “Baby Jam” (formerly “Book Babies”) continues year round without a break.  Check out the calendar of events for class descriptions and to confirm that the class is in session!

In addition to the great classes, the Bethel Park Library also offers an indoor play area for children.  This area is at the back of the children’s department, and includes a train table, blocks, puppets, a play kitchen, an art area, puzzles, books (of course), and SO MUCH more!

The Bethel Park Library succeeds in being a gathering place for friends and families.  It’s a favorite play date spot for my moms group and is our “go to” place when we have some time and energy to burn.  And, most importantly, my children are developing a love for language, reading, and learning thanks in part to the Bethel Park Library, and specifically Ms. Elaine!

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