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

Borough Park Presents Brainy Babies

Wed, Dec 7   10:00 am to 10:45 am   Virtual

Brainy Babies first five years parents and caregivers

Brainy Babies is an interactive program for babies, parents and caregivers to develop a love of reading and language skills. Borough Park's inclusive program is unique in that we present books,...

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Brainy Babies

Brainy Babies Cypress Hills

Wed, Dec 7   10:30 am to 11:30 pm   Cypress Hills, Program Room

Bengali Brainy Babies early literacy first five years

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

Brainy Babies

Brainy Babies Brownsville

Wed, Dec 7   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Brownsville Library, Meeting Room

Brainy Babies babies & books early literacy storytime

Join us for a Brain Building program for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers in the Brownsville Library.  Early literacy tips, craft ideas, songs, story and fingerplay. ...

Brainy Babies

Brainy Babies Bushwick and Brownsville

Thu, Dec 8   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...

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Brainy Babies

Brainy Babies Bushwick Outdoors

Fri, Dec 9   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Bushwick Library, Auditorium

Brainy Babies babies & books early literacy storytime

Join us for a bilingual English/Spanish Brainy Babies program IN PERSON at Bushwick Library for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers.  We will read books, sing, discuss early...

Brainy Babies

Brainy Babies Bushwick

Fri, Dec 9   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Bushwick Library, Auditorium

babies & books Brainy Babies early literacy storytime

Join us for a bilingual English/Spanish Brainy Babies program IN PERSON at Bushwick Library for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers.  We will read books, sing, discuss early...

Brainy Babies

Big Note, Little Note: Sing, Play, Connect

Sat, Dec 10   11:30 am to 12:30 pm   Stone Avenue Library

Brainy Babies first five years music

Join us for a 9-week music class where you’ll discover new and fun ways to sing, move, and play together during family time. Music and play promote self-care and your child’s development! This...

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Jamaica Bay Brainy Babies

Mon, Dec 12   10:30 am to 11:30 am   Jamaica Bay, Meeting Room

Brainy Babies first five years

Brainy Babies is an interactive program for babies, parents and caregivers to encourage brain development and early learning practices. 

Each week we will read books, sing songs, and...

Brainy Babies

Brainy Babies

Mon, Dec 12   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Mapleton, 2nd Flr Meeting Room

babies & books Brainy Babies

Join us for a brain-building program for children 0-3 years and their parents or caregivers. Includes storytimes in English and Mandarin, early literacy tips, craft ideas, songs, show and tell,...

Bebés Geniales Bushwick and Brownsville

Tue, Dec 13   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...

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Brainy Babies

Past Events

Brownsville Brainy Babies Outdoors

Wed, Sep 29   11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Howard Playground

Let's Read! With Free Back To School Kit

Wed, Sep 22   3:00 pm to 5:00 pm   Brownsville Library

Bilingual Birdies presented by Borough Park Library

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

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