The Baltimore County Public Library has begun a daily cable television program intended to promote reading and literacy among children ages 4 and younger, including read-aloud stories and tips for parents and those who take care of children.
Called "Naptime Stories With Sneaks" - and featuring the library's reading mascot, Sneaks the Cat - the program, produced by the library, made its debute Monday. It airs from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on Comcast Channel 25, which carries county programs. Producers say each half-hour program features stories appropriate for a particular age group: children up to 2 years of age Tuesdays and Thursdays and ages 2 to 4 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Librarians will take turns reading such stories as "Quack and Count" by Keith Baker and "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" by William Steig.
The portions aimed at adults include segments on how counting and the recognition of patterns can help prepare children for reading, and how dance and other exercises can help improve brain development in young children.
The program is being written, produced and directed by the library system's Media Services Department. Four weeks' worth of shows have been produced and production is under way on another round.