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Learn and grow with your baby and toddler at the library!

Hosted by our Brownsville and Bushwick Libraries, families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage brain development and early learning practices.  Each week we will read books, sing songs, and do fun activities that promote language development, social-emotional skills, and more. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to learn about community resources, hear from expert guest speakers, and connect with peer support networks. 

Each week, we explore a different theme:  READING, TALKING, SINGING, PLAYING, MOVEMENT, and EMOTIONS. Parents and caregivers will learn how to use these practices to develop their children’s oral language and pre-reading skills. Families will also receive FREE books, toys and learning materials to continue the learning and fun at home.  

Here are a few activities to try at home!
  • Read with your child every day!
  • Read with your child in the language you know best.
  • As you read together, point to letters and words on the page.
  • Talk to your children even if they aren’t talking yet.
  • Talk with your child as you go through daily routines. Explain things and ask questions.
  • Talk with your children in the language you know best.
  • Singing slows down language so children can hear sounds and syllables. This will help them sound out words when they begin to read.
  • Don’t worry if you are not a good singer. Your children will love singing with you!
  • Sing with your child in the language you know best.
  • Play = Learning!
  • Children learn and use language by playing with one another.
  • Give your child time for free play during the day.
  • Children need to move their bodies in order to learn and build their brains!
  • Crawling, creeping, running and jumping are Gross Motor Movements.
  • Grabbing, dropping, squeezing, and drawing are Fine Motor Movements.
  • Songs, rhymes and fingerplays can encourage your child to move!
  • Naming emotions helps children learn that emotions are normal.
  • Books can help children recognize emotions in themselves and others!
  • You can help them learn language to describe emotions, by naming their feelings.

Upcoming Events

Virtual East New York and Kings Highway Brainy Babies (Spring)

Mon, May 17   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

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Join us for a brain-building program on Zoom for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers in the East New York and Kings Highway communities. This program will include stories...

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Borough Park presents Brainy Babies

Tue, May 18   10:00 am to 11:00 am   Virtual

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Join us for a brain-building program on Zoom for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers from Borough Park Library. Families will enjoy stories and activities designed to...

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Brainy Babies

Bebés Geniales

Tue, May 18   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years multilingual storytime

Acompáñenos en un programa en zoom para los padres y los cuidadores de Nueva York que ayudan al desarrollo mental de niños de edad 0 a 3. Incluye cuentos e historias en inglés y español, consejos...

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Brainy Babies

Brighton Beach presenta: Celebrando con Bebés Geniales: Fiesta with Flor!

Wed, May 19   1:00 pm to 2:00 pm   Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years multilingual storytime

Acompáñenos a un evento especial por Zoom para los padres y los cuidadores de Nueva York que ayudan al desarrollo mental de sus niños . Este evento incluira un invitado especial para clelebrar los...

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Virtual Bushwick and Brownsville Brainy Babies

Thu, May 20   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years multilingual storytime

Join us for a brain-building program on Zoom for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers from Bushwick or Brownsville.  Includes storytimes in English and...

Brainy Babies

Virtual East New York and Kings Highway Brainy Babies (Spring)

Mon, May 24   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

babies & books Brainy Babies early literacy East New York Reads

Join us for a brain-building program on Zoom for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers in the East New York and Kings Highway communities. This program will include stories...

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Brainy Babies

Bebés Geniales

Tue, May 25   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years multilingual storytime

Acompáñenos en un programa en zoom para los padres y los cuidadores de Nueva York que ayudan al desarrollo mental de niños de edad 0 a 3. Incluye cuentos e historias en inglés y español, consejos...

Brainy Babies

Virtual Bushwick and Brownsville Brainy Babies

Thu, May 27   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years multilingual storytime

Join us for a brain-building program on Zoom for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers from Bushwick or Brownsville.  Includes storytimes in English and...

Brainy Babies

Bebés Geniales

Tue, Jun 1   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years multilingual storytime

Acompáñenos en un programa en zoom para los padres y los cuidadores de Nueva York que ayudan al desarrollo mental de niños de edad 0 a 3. Incluye cuentos e historias en inglés y español, consejos...

Brainy Babies

Virtual Bushwick and Brownsville Brainy Babies

Thu, Jun 3   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years multilingual storytime

Join us for a brain-building program on Zoom for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers from Bushwick or Brownsville.  Includes storytimes in English and...

Brainy Babies
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