Oh! So few photos! October's group started small, but grew to Crowded by 11 AM. Quite a few parents and children were there for the first time, registering their children for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and joining in activities. A slow start with a boisterous ending! So few photos because I need a photographer! If you're interested in taking photos at any of our events, let me know. An hour or so is plenty of time to do it.
Meet & Greet 2017, Saturday, August 19 10 AM - Noon.
Grey and breezy, but not cold -- Summer in the Bay Area! -- we had small, engaged turnout for out 2017 Meet & Greet at San Pablo Park. Jessica, Activity Director, was held in place as Story Reader to a revolving audience; she had time for some Action Activities such as color sorting with bean bags and matching bins, lots of tossing involved. Many books found homes and hands from our ample Take A Book supply, and, 10 new children, mostly infants and toddlers (yay!) were registered for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library book deliveries.
Our June meeting was warm and full of activity, inside and out. But Oh! Pictures are lacking! We need a dedicated Photographer for our meetings, if you are interested in taking pictures for all or part of our PlayBook Groups, please email me!
These few are from the end, when I finally was able to remember -- most of the time I was going thru books with Parents, helping choose good titles for their child, talking with them about tips and ideas, or outside watching and participating in Activities. These are from close to our ending time, main activity time over, some families had left. Jessica settled down with a few children ready take a break from more vigorous activity to read a last book.
Our August 10 meeting will be outside on the grass near the playground. Come on by for books and play! Bring a Berkeley neighbor to register their under-5 year olds for monthly book deliveries from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.
Warm weather brought old and new PlayBook Group visitors, and water play. Directed alphabet and sidewalk painting activities gave way to spontaneous "tree washing" for some. Inside, cooler and quieter activities gave a break from the very bright sunshine, including story times -- group and solo! These few pictures capture just a slice of activities and people: too much going on for me to remember to keep taking them! It was a lovely day to be at the Park, and a wonderful little group for us. Join us June 10!
March 18th's PlayBook Group meeting had a small and mostly very young, enthusiastic turnout on a cool, grey day. Activities were adapted to the crawling-age audience who moved from outside to inside, getting their yah-yah's out with push-and-pedal vehicles shared with each other; participating in story times and table-top play-dough and pen letter and shape creation. We were very happy to welcome two volunteers, seniors at UCB, Goka and Anaiya. They are great additions to our Groups, we look forward to their smart, capable assistance at future meetings!
On February 18th Berkeley Police Officer Sergeant Emily Murphy and her partner visited us. She read a story, then we all went outside where children got to see - and hear - her BPD motorcycle,ask questions, even sit on it. Many thanks to BPD and the Police Officer's Association!
We started 2017 with a lively PlayBook Group meeting. Lots of babies! Activities were full of movement, outside in the courtyard for a color sorting-and-tossing game with bean bags -- and lots of running back and forth. Inside for play-dough and story times on the carpet. We had a short, conversational Parent time, focused on Book Sharing with infants and toddlers. Not many pictures this time, I was busy talking and moving around. For February, I'm looking forward to having a volunteer who will focus on picture taking.
We had a good turnout for our last PlayBook Group of 2016, in spite of the chilly wet weather. There was play-dough at the big table, making gingerbread men, candy-cane shapes and snowmen with the different colored doughs. Then, a sorting activity with lots of running back and forth, then story time. In between and at the same time, books to choose from, conversations, tea, hot chocolate and snacks. Tangerines were very popular, as were Clif Bar Z-Bars, as always, thanks to a generous donation from ClifBar.
We're looking forward to 2017:PlayBook Groups will moving to 2nd Saturdays, 10 AM to Noon each month except July and December. Jessica Wheelis will again be leading children's activities, we'll have information for parents with short presentations, often with Guest Presenters.
We love hearing about your children and the books they receive and read at home, or in other places: reading and sharing books can happen just about anywhere. Anecdotes, stories and observations about book sharing are always welcome: in person at our meetings, in emails, or written on paper. Hearing about what you and your children do with books, how you share and read them is always a delight and helps us learn how best to support early literacy building activities and habits in daily life. Drop us a line, send a picture anytime. It helps us learn, keeps us inspired, and helps us show and tell our supporters what you and your children are doing with books they receive from us (or anywhere!), which helps us grow the Imagination Library book delivery program and improve our family engagement events.
Thank You for good first year of PlayBook Groups!
A small enthusiastic group joined us on a drizzly morning for Pretend Play activities and stories, including building a fort that served as a storytime hideaway, a grocery-store shopping trip, and a quiet place for a serious grocery item sorter. Mr. Vincent Cheng from Alameda County First 5 gave a short, informative presentation - and a tote bag - to parents on hand. Hot Chocolate was more popular than chilled water this month, a trend we expect to continue for our November 26 and again in early months of 2017. Happy Halloween!
On a hot day it was cool inside Frances Albrier Center's Art room. Stories and activities today revolved around Shapes and Colors. Many copies of the beautiful book City Shapes led directly to color mixing with play dough and shape making and identification. A short presentation about early literacy tips and information outside for included parents telling about sharing books in their homes.
Cold drinks and cool grapes were popular refreshments this hot morning.