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Library program offers Constructive Play and Community Connection

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

The Children's Department of Joplin Public Library is excited to announce a new program, 1-2-3 Play With Me, specifically for children ages one to three years old and their caregivers. The heart of this program revolves around toddler socialization and playtime and features a wide variety of developmentally appropriate toys, books, and an art station. This relaxed environment invites contact and conversation, not only between the caregivers of the children, but also with a featured community expert. These experts will be on hand to offer support, answer questions, or simply be a sounding board for parents and/or caregivers to address concerns. 

Community agencies and personnel will feature, in addition to the Children's Librarian, Jeana Gockley, a Speech Pathologist from Freeman Health System, Child Development experts from The Alliance of Southwest Missouri, a Nutritionist from the WIC Services Division of the Joplin City Health Department, an Art Educator from Art Feeds and an experienced Music Specialist who facilitates private music classes and children's music for St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

1-2-3- Play With Me, is the final component in achieving the library's initiative to join the Family Place Libraries network, and will be held as a series of five Thursday morning sessions extending from April 2 to April 30, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at Joplin Public Library. Families are strongly encouraged to attend all five sessions. Siblings age five and under are also welcome. Online registration is required and may be completed at playwithme.eventzilla.net.

Children's librarian Jeana Gockley is looking forward to hosting this program. “We are excited to offer such a unique play-based program to the families in our community!” She stressed that the program is free and does not require a library card to attend—though parents and caregivers should sign up quickly as there are a limited number of available spaces.

Toys and supplies for this program were in large part generously funded by the Bramlage Family Foundation.

For more information contact Jeana Gockley at 417-623-2184.


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