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March 10, 2010 > Alameda County Library News: It's Never Too Young to Learn at the Tri-Cities Libraries

Alameda County Library News: It's Never Too Young to Learn at the Tri-Cities Libraries

For parents with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, it is a constant effort finding things to do with your children that is enriching and inexpensive. The Tri-Cities libraries (Fremont, Newark, Irvington, Centerville, and Union City Libraries) are a great resource for children's programs that are educational, fun, and free.

There are story times on most days of the week and even some in the evenings. Each story time has a unique presentation and some include songs, instruments, finger plays, crafts, toys, and even dogs (Fremont's Read to a Dog program). There are family story times open to all ages, and age specific programs such as Toddler Time, Baby Bounce, lap sits, and Stay and Play, some of these programs require signing up and others just show up.

Besides English language story times there are also bi-lingual story times in a variety of languages. Fremont library has story times in Spanish, Hindi, and Mandarin. Union City library's Mandarin/English story time will begin again in April.

The Tri-cities libraries also have programs in music, such as Union City library's Toddler/Preschool Music & Movement Time, dance like Fremont's Rachael's Ballet, and art. Newark library has Toddler Art and Spring Crafts.

Tri-City libraries also provide programs for parents of young children such as Fremont's Children's Dental Health with Dr. Sakhrani, and Parenting with a Purpose. Centerville library offers a Parenting Class with Dr. Shu-Ling Chen, and beginning in May, Union City library begins its Family Place Series of Parent Child Workshops that give parents an opportunity to have one-on-one time with experts in fields such as general parenting, speech, language and reading, children's health and nutrition, physical fitness & play, child development, and early literacy.

This workshop series will be for children ages 1-3 and their parents or care givers. The Union City Library will also be adding an early literacy learning area to enhance the early learning experiences of children and parents while they are in the children's area of the Library. The new learning center will offer a variety of hands on learning experiences with materials such as puzzles, puppets, dramatic play, building and sensory learning toys.

In addition to these enrichment programs for children and families, many Tri-City libraries have early literacy learning computers for children ages 2-10. They are loaded with wonderful learning games that teach reading, math, science, geography, art, and keyboarding in a fun and engaging way.

Some programs have specific age requirements and some require registration. For more information contact your Tri-City libraries directly or find us online at

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