“A hen on the wall pecking hard bread…” Sitting in the toddlers’ section of the library, parents and toddlers listened with great delight to the stories and nursery rhymes of Ludmilla Macaire, the library’s librarian Sessions of Baby Readers, Wednesday.
A first step to reading
For thirty minutes, the librarian staged several chicken-and-egg stories, making sure to engage her audience. Then the children could use the space entirely dedicated to them. “We come every month and it’s really an activity we love,” says Gabin’s mom. “It’s a very pleasant moment of relaxation, both for the children and for the parents,” adds Lucile.
The Puy library has been working on the integration of young children for several years. This leads to this room dedicated to them on the first floor. “There are books made of cloth or cardboard so that you can touch them without fear, that are really well illustrated, with contrasting colors; Laëtitia Chenebert, head of the house, also presents games, cuddly toys and the opportunity to let off steam. Libraries have become real living spaces. »
At the same time there is a varied program especially for very young audiences. The idea is to give children access to fairy tales, nursery rhymes and stories from an early age and to give them the opportunity to socialize with librarians.
“Kids from a young age enjoy hearing the stories and looking at the illustrations. And when it’s a parent or loved one reading, observing this imaginary world together creates a strong bond. »
Awakening to reading also helps to develop oral language by learning the musicality of words, a varied vocabulary and the structure of sentences. It is also an opportunity to discover the language of the story and to start structuring your thoughts.
Many parents, but also parental helpers and day care centers, therefore regularly visit this reading area and take part in the baby reading courses. A large selection of books in very good condition are then made available to them and a librarian is always there to guide them. “I think it’s magical to be able to offer children this openness to reading in the city center and for free,” welcomes Catherine Chalaye, assistant in charge of cultural activities and community life.
Work out. Access to the library is free and free. 5 Place de la Halle, in Le Puy. Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. More information and reservation under 04.71. 02.46.10 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Librarian selection of baby books
All these books can be borrowed from the Puy library, subject to availability. Membership, which is free for the Ponots, allows you to borrow 15 documents for a period of four weeks, watch six films per month and download digital books.
Black and white books from 3 months
White on Black by Tana Hoban.
A Hen Pecked / A Green Mouse in the Grass by Thierry Dedieu.
Many Beautiful Babies by David Ellwand.
Rhymes and Poetry for the Music of Words
Ah the Crocodiles/Let’s Go for a Walk in the Woods/Pippin Apple by Julia Chausson.
Hush Don’t Wake the Little Sleeping Bunnies by Amélie Jacowski.
Funny or tender stories with a variety of graphics
The Sleepy Cabin/Zim Bam Boom by Frédéric Stehr.
Lou d’Olivier Douzou.
Milo Plays the Drums/Simon Walks/Binta Dances by Eva Susso and Benjamin Chaud.
Baby goes to market/Baby is well hidden from Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank.
Talk about everyday life and emotions
On the pot/See you tonight/Lou à soif by Jeanne Ashbé.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddeli and Patrick Benson.
Sometimes I Feel / I Like the Books / What I Like to Do by Anthony Browne.
Bon Voyage Baby by Béatrice Alemagna.