Family Place helps foster parent-child development


August 01, 1999|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE BROOKLYN branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is gearing up for a new session of the Family Place, a program that promotes literacy and healthy child development.

The program is meant to support the role of parents as the child's first and most influential teachers. The fall session is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursdays during September.

The Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, N.Y., began the program. The Brooklyn branch of the Pratt began using the program in June last year, and it has served as the model for the program in Maryland. The Baltimore Family Place has been so successful that the team from New York came here in July to make a video of the program.

The staff has created a user-friendly atmosphere in the Family Place area of the Brooklyn library. The section is carpeted and furnished with a rocking chair. It has an arts and crafts area, toys, videos and books.

Each week, participants get a chance to meet and speak one-on-one with specialists in child development, hearing and speech, movement and play, and nutrition. Past speakers have come from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Harbor Hospital, Loyola College and Gymboree.

Parents get to know one another and learn about other activities in the community, said librarian Gloria Bartas.

More five-week sessions are scheduled for December, March and June.

Parents and caregivers of children ages 3 and younger are eligible to participate. Infants and siblings up to age 5 are welcome also. Information: 410-396-1120.

Library concert

Sue Trainor is presenting a concert for "The Kid in All of Us" at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. She is a member of the trio Hot Soup and has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, as well as the Avalon Folk Festival in West Virginia.

Her high-energy performance features ballads, blues, nostalgia and novelty tunes. The Brooklyn branch is at 300 E. Patapsco Ave. Information: 410-396-1120.

Police dogs

K-9 Dog Day Afternoon is scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooklyn Park branch of the Anne Arundel County Library, 1 E. 11th Ave. The county Police Department plans to demonstrate the skills of its K-9 unit. First District Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle plans to attend. Information: 410-222-6260.

Shrimp dinner

American Legion Post 34 sponsors a steamed shrimp night from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Friday of the month at the post, 5526 Belle Grove Road.

The cost is $4.95 for a half-pound of steamed shrimp and $5.95 for a steamed shrimp platter. You need not be a member of the post to attend; everyone is welcome. Information: 410- 789-9682.

Bingo party

St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church is holding its monthly bingo party tomorrow in the church hall.

Doors open at 6: 15 p.m. Early-bird games begin at 7: 15 p.m. and regular games at 7: 30 p.m. Homemade refreshments will be served before the games begin and during intermission. The church is at 4708 Prudence St. Information: 410-355-5740.

BPHS Classes of '68 and '69

The Brooklyn Park High School classes of 1968 and 1969 are holding a combined reunion on Oct. 16. Information: Tom Thompson, 410-859-1774.

Community yard sale

The Greater Baltimore Highlands Community Association is holding its community yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8. Families, nonprofit associations and businesses throughout the Baltimore Highlands community are offering plenty of bargains.

Information: 410-789-2734.

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