As a mom to twenty-one month old twin boys, I’m always looking for fun and engaging activities for us to get out of the house and socialize with others. Our number one destination during this extremely long and cold winter has been the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire. Although we do not officially live within the district, the library is so welcoming to everyone, and Ms. Heather’s baby and toddler story times rock!
We have been regulars at the Giggles and Wiggles story time for ages 15-24 months (although as Ms. Heather says, that’s just a suggested age range, it’s not a rule). There are many reasons this is our favorite library story time in the area. First, it’s in a separate meeting room. Toddlers do not like to sit long, and are prone to getting up and moving around. Story times in the children’s area of the library can be tricky, as kids get up and dart between the shelves and quickly disappear. This is especially difficult when you are attending story time with two toddlers, darting off in two different directions. Being in a contained meeting room eliminates that problem, as well as keeps the noise of the toddlers away from the general library. Next, there is no registration required. Just show up, and join in. Plus, the schedule is regular and predictable, which is what toddlers and their caregivers crave the most. Wednesdays from 10-10:30am.
Giggles and Wiggles typically follow three weeks on and one week off. There are always printed story time calendars handed out, so you can make sure to have the schedule well in advance. But, our favorite thing about this story time is definitely Ms. Heather and her energetic attitude. Toddlers cannot sit through multiple books quietly. They like to get up and wiggle. Ms. Heather structures the story time with singing, dancing, a parade and parachute time. It’s a great mix of sitting and listening, and then getting up to move those bodies. Each week she covers colors, shapes, sounds and movement in a clear, fun and educational way. In the past few months, we have seen attendance grow, as word of how great the program is has spread. Thankfully, the meeting room is big, and Ms. Heather has made sure to have enough bells and shakers so that everyone can join in.
In addition to Giggles and Wiggles, my family has participated in many reading clubs, preschool story times, jamma tales and other programs at the Vernon Area Library over the last eight years. One program in particular that we loved when our older kids, now ages 6 & 8, were just a bit younger, was the preschool science detectives. Some programs do require registration, you can check it all out at the kids events calendar on the library website.
The library went through a major renovation last year, and there is now a self serve cafe, lots of comfortable reading nooks and an updated kids area with iPads, LEGO area, a tween zone and a craft table, plus a very bright, open inviting atmosphere.
Connect with the library:
Vernon Area Public Library District
300 Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire | (847) 634-3650
What’s your favorite Library program?