Brainy Babies

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

Brainy Babies for Babies and Toddlers

Wed, Mar 6 11:00am
Marcy, Meeting Room

Brainy Babies story play storytime

For Families to 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…

Babies and books

Wed, Mar 6 11:00am
New Lots Library

babies & books Big Brooklyn Playdate Brainy Babies

Parents and caregivers join Ms. Moore for interactive storytimes infused with play and music. Give your newborn to 18 monthold the early literacy foundation to support future positive learning outcomes. Come join us at the library where learning is fun!

Brownsville Brainy Babies

Wed, Mar 6 11:00am
Brownsville Library

babies & books Brainy Babies Events for Youth and Family

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

Borough Park Presents Brainy Babies

Wed, Mar 6 11:00am
Borough Park Library, Children's Room

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, songs, and rhymes in English and a second language weeks rotate with Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and…

Brainy Babies Virtual

Thu, Mar 7 11:00am
Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years

Join us for our VIRTUAL program on Zoom. Families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage brain development and early learning practices.  Each week we will read books, sing songs in Spanish and English, dance, learn a word in American Sign Language, and more! Parents…

Brainy Babies Arlington

Sat, Mar 9 10:30am
Arlington Library, Program Room

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years

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

Hosted by our Arlington 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…

Brownsville Brainy Babies

Wed, Mar 13 11:00am
Brownsville Library

babies & books Brainy Babies Events for Youth and Family

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

Babies and books

Wed, Mar 13 11:00am
New Lots Library

babies & books Big Brooklyn Playdate Brainy Babies

Parents and caregivers join Ms. Moore for interactive storytimes infused with play and music. Give your newborn to 18 monthold the early literacy foundation to support future positive learning outcomes. Come join us at the library where learning is fun!

Borough Park Presents Brainy Babies

Wed, Mar 13 11:00am
Borough Park Library, Children's Room

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, songs, and rhymes in English and a second language weeks rotate with Spanish, Mandarin, Russian and…

Brainy Babies Virtual

Thu, Mar 14 11:00am
Virtual

Brainy Babies early literacy first five years

Join us for our VIRTUAL program on Zoom. Families enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage brain development and early learning practices.  Each week we will read books, sing songs in Spanish and English, dance, learn a word in American Sign Language, and more! Parents…

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