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October 12, 2011

Library program designed to help parents connect

ANDERSON, Ind. — In an effort to help parents help themselves, Anderson Public Library recently launched a new program called You, Too!

The program — available free of charge at both the Anderson site and the Lapel branch through mid-November — is designed to enable adults to mix and mingle with their parental counterparts and offer their opinions, advice and counsel about events and issues in the community. Topics include schools and teachers, dance and piano lessons, sports teams, early-childhood literacy and much more.

Participants in the You, Too! program meet several times a week after children’s programs.

“It’s like a catch-up session for adults where they can come and exchange information such as, ‘Where does your child go for dance?’” said Stefanie Clem, of the children’s department staff.

Library staff conceived You, Too! after observing the interaction of parents at library programs for kids.

“This idea was born out of watching parents stringing pasta and rolling Play-doh with their children and then lingering around speaking with other parents after it was all done,” said Heather Sullivan, early literacy librarian. “We just decided to make it an official part of the program!”

Parents and caregivers will no longer have to rush out of the room after their children are finished with story time or crafts, but can have informative, ongoing conversations with other adults.

The creators of You, Too! believe it will help keep parents involved in their children’s lives.

“The environment will be totally informal and comfortable,” Sullivan said.

The Anderson Public Library is at 111 E. 12th St., and the Lapel branch is at 610 Main St. Both branches offer literacy programs throughout the week. Copies of their calendars are available at the libraries’ main desks.

Call Heather Sullivan or Sue Robinson at 641-2448 for more information.

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