Library Offers New Baby Bounce Program

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Chattanooga Public Library now offers Baby Bounce, a unique story time for newborns to 18 month-old-children and their caregivers. Baby Bounce story time will have its inaugural presentation on Thursday, May 23, in the storytelling room of the Downtown Library at 10:00 a.m.

As babies grow, they learn by interacting, playing, imitating adults and by watching others. In Baby Bounce, caregivers learn songs and finger-plays to use at home with their children; they will hear simple stories, shake shakers, and make scarves fly – all in ways to best help babies and their rapidly growing brains develop.

“The parts of a baby’s brain that are involved in regulating emotions, language, and abstract thought grow and develop after birth,” explains Alei Burns, Youth Services Librarian for the Chattanooga Public Library. “Brain development--in other words, learning--is the process of creating, strengthening, and discarding connections, or synapses, among brain neurons.”

“A healthy toddler may create 2 million synapses per second. By age 3, a child's brain has reached nearly 90 percent of its adult size; the growth in each part of the brain depends primarily on receiving proper, continuous stimulation,” she concluded.

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