rock island library play and growIt’s three times the fun for parents and toddlers, now that Rock Island Library has expanded Play and Grow early learning time from one to three events per month. The play group for ages three and under and their parents or caregivers will be offered once per month at each of the library’s three locations.

Upcoming dates for the 10:30 am Play and Grow events are:

Tuesday, Aug. 9 at the 30/31 Branch, 3059 30th Street; Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road, and Friday. Aug. 12 at the library’s Main Location, 401 19th Street.

Sept. 6 at 30/31 Branch and Sept. 7 at Southwest Branch. (No September Play and Grow session at Main Library.)

Oct. 4 at 30/31 Branch; Oct. 5 at Southwest, and Oct. 7 at the Main Library.

Play and Grow uses the Every Child Ready to Read Talk, Sing, Read, Write Play model to build language and learning skills in ages three and under. Building language and literacy skills early, before children can even read, positions children for better success in school later.

To make room for the additional Play and Grow sessions, the library’s Toddler Tales story time will start in the third week of August and September. Story times are offered at 10:30 am on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 23 and 30 at the 30/31 Branch; Wednesday, Aug. 17, 24 and 31 at the Southwest Branch, and Friday, Aug. 19, 26 and Sept. 2. Toddler Tales include stories around a new theme each week, songs, and a craft activity for ages five and under.

To see more events and services for children and families, visit www.rockislandlibrary.org, follow the library’s social media sites, or sign up for the library’s email newsletter. For other questions about library services and programs, call 309-732-READ.

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