PENINSULA - Mother Goose, an innovative and hands-on program for parents offered by Timberland Regional Library (TRL) in partnership with local agencies, brings tools and know-how to help parents of young children increase family reading, enhance family relationships, and encourage children's language development.

For the past year, Timberland Regional Library has taken this unique parent education program, developed by the Vermont Center for the Book, to schools, agencies, literacy centers and teen parent programs throughout the five-county library district. The programs have been very well received and highly regarded by social service providers and parents alike.

The Mother Goose program provides four- to six-session workshops during which selected children's books are distributed to parents to keep and take home for family reading. Free activity kits, guides and other useful materials accompany the books. "At workshops, parents get to try out the activities. It's all about the fun that parents and children can have while reading and doing Mother Goose activities together at home," said TRL Youth Services Coordinator, Ellen Duffy.

"I could never afford to buy these books. I feel rich to have these books for my six children," said a father after finishing the Mother Goose Asks Why science program for parents of four-to-seven-year olds.

In Pacific County, workshops have been presented over the past year at a number of local schools and child care programs.

Ffamily support agencies interested in hosting a free Mother Goose program should contact Ellen Duffy at (360) 704-4576.  

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