Every library story time is different. Most include music, stories, and games, some get even more basic.
Baby Steps is "preparing them to start seeing a person in front of them and to help them learn how to focus and sit still during reading stories and singing songs" said Laura Venters, who leads Baby Steps story time at the Rising Sun branch library. The kids are also learning how to interact and share with other children in a group setting says Venters.
Baby Steps, like Movers and Groovers and On My Own, was created to be "gear toward each of the kids' age brackets" said Venters. Baby Steps is for children who are one year olds and younger. Movers and Groovers is for children ages two to three and a half. This is a dynamic class filled with music, rhymes, stories and movement activities. On My Own is for three and half to five year olds. This is a theme-based class, where children explore their world through stories, songs, and learning activities. For these programs registration is preferred but not required.
Baby Steps had 11 children, with their parents or grandparents, on Tuesday, November 16.
Baby Steps starts out with singing a few songs and then a story. After story time the kids are allowed to stick around and play with toys.
The parents who attend the program say that it is working.
Emily Hauser had nothing but positive things to say about it. "I like the combination of stories and music, there's always a nice theme" said Hauser. Her child has attended Baby Steps for about a year and half. Her child is able to be "exposed to new things, good socialization, and get around other kids" said Hauser.