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4 FOCUS - DECEMBER 2015 A few years ago Julie Anne observed that there was a lack of programming for babies in Scugog Township and the Babytime class was born. Its so successful that attendance includes 25 babies up to 12 months old along with their moms. You should see the bright-eyed faces of the babies as Julie Anne dramatically reads from the colourful board books changing her voice and acting out the various characters. By age two to three months she says that the babies are reaching out trying to touch the books. Favourite toys for the wee visitors are mini rubber duck- ies with an accompanying song. Reading to newborn babies is very important says Julie Anne who has been educating preschoolers in her entertaining way for 15 years. It has been documented that early exposure to books turns children into good readers and helps to develop language skills Julie Anne noted. That translates into doing better in school. Three-and-a-half-year-old Liljas mom Kristy Reid is a teacher and she agrees that there are positive future benets to early literacy. Little Lilja already enjoys shar- ing books with her siblings one-year-old twins Nathan and Charlotte. A graduate of the Babytime program Lilja is really enjoying the Preschool class and Tech for Tots while Kristy and the twins hang out in the library playing and looking at books. Its a nice change says Kristy and its good for Lilja to have kids her own age to play with. Lilja met her best buddy at Babytime and they even went out trick or treating together this year. Not only do the kids who attend the library programs make friends the parents do too. Jenna Berry of Port Perry has been taking Grace to Babytime since she was three months old and shes eight months old now. We love it Jenna enthuses. The babies have fun but we have fun too She has made friends with other moms and they like to hang out at the library after class for a couple of hours chatting and selecting books to take home. They get together outside of the library as well. This brings joy to me says Julie Anne with a smile. Story Time Lady continued from page 3 Twelve hours a week Julie Anne aka The Story Time Lady runs four amazing programs for newborns through age ve. The little ones have so much fun that they dont realize that they are learning literacy skills. Eight-month-old Ivy Smith along with her mom Jen. 1. PHOTOSBYMARYANNFLEMING Three-and-a-half-month-old Tucker Whiteway with his mom Jen. Tea Room is open Everyones talking about the Christmas Barn at Coach House Studio 605 Regional Road 21 Port Perry 905.982.2705 ANTIQUES UNIQUES DCOR MORE COACH HOUSE STUDIO ITS A DESTINATION SHOPPING LOCATION Bakersville Gingerbread Village Scugog Memorial Library 231 Water Street Port Perry 905 985 7686 Dec. 5th Jan. 2nd Visit the library to view the gingerbread homes and buildings created by a variety of community members. Want to be a participant Pick up an information sheet at the library. There is no fee and entries from individuals families and groups are welcome. Bring your creations to the library Dec. 1st to 3rd.