‘Hatchlings’ Program to Help Expectant and New Parents Build Skills as Babies’ Earliest Teachers to be Offered in March at Montgomery County Public Libraries

Per Montgomery County: Montgomery County Public Libraries in March will be participating in “Hatchlings: Ready to Hatch,” a Maryland State Library-sponsored program developed by Betsy Diamant-Cohen, the creator of Mother Goose on the Loose. The Hatchlings program helps expectant and new parents build the skills to be their child’s first teachers. Programs will be offered on Thursday, March 16, at the White Oak Library; Saturday, March 25, at the Wheaton Library (in Spanish and English); and Tuesday, March 28, at the Long Branch Library (in Spanish and English).

All three classes will concentrate on Part One of the program, which is called “Ready to Hatch.” It uses songs and fun activities to help expectant parents learn about their baby’s brain and body development and how to set their child up for success by encouraging reading from the start. Attendees will receive a free book, an early literacy activity calendar and bilingual Spanish/English song sheets.
Registration is required for Hatchlings: Ready to Hatch. Space is limited to expectant parents.

Details on the three dates and locations available in March:

In October, participants will be invited to return with their newborns for Hatchlings: In the Nest. The autumn program is a series of four sessions intended for babies up to four months old and their parents and caregivers.

The Hatchlings program aligns with Montgomery County’s strategic plan to address kindergarten readiness and targets equity focus areas. It is presented in partnership with the Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings pilot program series, the Maryland State Library and the Silver Spring Judy Center Early Learning Hub.

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Fighting food insecurity, feeding families.

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A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

https://www.silvanomarifilms.com/jis

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

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In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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