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Parenting.Book.Club.jpgParenting Book Club
The Children's Library presents a new way to learn parenting skills with others - through books!  We will join together four times in October and November to discover some ways to shift your discipline methods slightly and make the results much more effective…most importantly, with no damage to the relationship!  

Facilitated by Debbie Carter, NCC, LPC.  Child & Family Psychotherapist at the Mariposa Center

4 sessions - Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.,  October 12, October 26, November 9, November 23
We request that you attend all 4 sessions.

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 The book: No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your  Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson


For more information about the book club, click here or call children's Library at 720-887-2315 to register.

momdaughterletters.jpgParent Toddler Workshop

A Family Place Library program

Toddlers 18 - 35 months with attending adult.  Registration required.
As an extension of our Family Place Center, the Parent Toddler Workshop is designed to give you special time with your toddler for playing, reading and spending interactive quality time together. Create a craft with your child and meet new people in an educational and fun environment. Community resource professionals are on hand to discuss early literacy, speech and hearing, physical   fitness, nutrition and behavior. The Parent Toddler Workshop is a 5 week long program for toddlers 18 - 35 months and their parents or caregivers. 

Additional program dates will be announced soon!

Group.of.friends.diversity.1.jpgConfident Parenting: Speaker Series     FREE!
For parents, caregivers and adults who work with children    

Parenting today is not easy or simple.  Since the early years of a child’s life are the most important for their development, parents want to do the best they can for their children but they may not always know how to do that.  This introductory lecture series is the first stop for parents to get an understanding of best practices for parenting young children. Presented in an engaging manner by professionals who really care about kids and families.
Monday, October 19, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
In the Eisenhower Room.  Adults only.  No registration required
The Power of Touch for Children - Touch is one our most powerful senses. Often, it communicates more than words. Touch not only makes us feel loved and connected to one another, but it has the power to draw out the introverted child, make a teenager feel more confident, promote healing during hospitalization, and elicit a sense of peace and security in the midst of any stressful or traumatic experience. We all need touch, but for children, it is a vital part of their well-being. Join Michele Belcher, certified pediatric massage therapist and founder of Kids 'n Touch as she discusses the physiological, emotional and relational benefits of pediatric massage and how it can help children live happier, healthier lives.  Michele Belcher, CMT, CIMI; The Mariposa Center for Infant, Child, and Family Enrichment.

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Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library to become Family Place Library as part of a National Leadership Grant!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Middle Country Public Library a National Leadership Grant to support their Family Place Libraries initiative. Twenty-eight libraries in 7 states will be a part of this grant and our Children's Library is one of them! The grant money will be distributed over the next three years to fund staff training, site visits and project implementation. Middle Country Library staff will work with our library to implement and evaluate Family Place Libraries, a library-based early childhood and family support service model. This multi-phase program will focus on parents and caregivers as first teachers, will be organized around the developmental needs of the child and will link library services with other regional and local family support agencies. The program emphasizes libraries as key institutions within the early childhood and family support community and partners in the promotion of healthy child and family development. The goal is to develop lifelong learners while fostering home/library/community connections to provide community support for families with very young children.  

Read more about our program in this recent article from The Enterprise: