Library launches successful Baby & Toddler Campaign

Philipsburg Jubilee Library, in collaboration with main sponsor, Guardian Group, will launched their annual book-start campaign “Read to Me” for babies and toddlers on, Saturday, August 23.
Last Saturday, was the official opening ceremony of the four-day Baby & Toddler campaign under the theme “Read Together, Study Together” at 10:00am, with a packed schedule of activities, membership drives and information booths.
During the opening ceremony, Library Director, Monique Alberts, Guardian Group representative Jaime Balentin, and Milangela Thomas, Promotions Coordinator for Manrique Capriles and Sons gave their welcome remarks to parents and those in attendance.
Dedicated and long time Baby and Toddler storyteller, Gini van Duivenvoorde continued the program by reading to the children from the book, “The Very Greedy Bee” by Steve Smallman. The story depicted a greedy bee that learned an important lesson.
Zumba Instructor, Patricia Pantophlet ended the ceremony with a “Dancing with Babies” workshop. This workshop will resume on a monthly basis, every third Thursday of every month. The first workshop will be on Thursday, September 18.
Other activities included face painting, bouncing castle, and information booths with representatives of Guardian Group and Manrique Capriles and Sons. Food and drinks were also available.
Children zero to three years of age, who become a library member, during the campaign, will receive a special backpack with goodies containing, information leaflets, puppets, Johnson and Johnson’s baby items donated by Manrique Capriles and Sons, reading material, color pencils and a color sheet. Parents will also receive a 25 guilder library membership discount only if they sign up during the campaign week, from August 23 to 30.
As in previous years, “ Read to me “ project coordinator, Maryland Powell put together a fun and educational program for the little ones.
The main campaign activities will continue on Tuesday, August 26 and end on Thursday, August 28, 2014. The first workshop, on Tuesday, will be conducted by Zahira Marmar, entitled “Rhyme Time”, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. The following day, Wednesday, Patti Maier will be doing a “Puppet Show and Reading” workshop from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The final day, Thursday, there will be the “Brunch and Storytelling for Toddlers” ages 2-3 by Gini van Duivenvoorde from 11:00am – 12:00pm.
Registration is required for the “Brunch and Storytelling for Toddlers” activity, as space is limited. For more information on this activity please contact Assistant Children’s Librarian, Maryland Powell at e-mail address mp*****@st**************.org or call the library at 542-2970.