Libraries support parents with free programs

Post Date:08/23/2017 12:03 PM

The Grand Prairie libraries offer many free programs for parents this fall at the Main and Warmack Libraries. All programs are free; some may require registration. Space is limited.

 

Writing Without Worries, for kindergartners and their parents.

Engage with your child and their amazing imagination as they build a foundation for writing. By focusing on real-life connections and word building, we will teach them the early skills for future writing success. 4:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

  • Sept. 6
  • Oct. 4
  • Nov. 1

 

FIT for Health, for families with children ages 6-12.

The YMCA offers a free weekly nutrition and health program series. Each session consists of a physical activity and a nutritional education portion for the families. For early registration or questions, please contact Julio Abonza at 469-515-5763 or jabonza@ymcadallas.org. 4 to 6 p.m. at the Warmack Library.

 

  • September 7: Introduction and Registration Forms
  • September 14: Run In (Physical Activity & Nutrition
  • September 21: Goal Setting
  • September 28: Energy Balance
  • October 5: Communication
  • October 12: Portion Distortion
  • October 19: Screen Time & Family Meetings
  • October 26: Junk Food, Fast Food & Soda
  • November 2: Social Support and Communication
  • November 9: Slipping Up
  • November 16: Potluck Celebration and Review

 

 

Positive Parenting with Texas Health

This three-part series examines timely issues of importance to families. 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

  • Sept. 11: Children and Bullying. The Allen Adventure is a fun story about an alien who comes to school on Earth and has to learn how to get along with other people. The story is a starting point for parents and caregivers to talk about some important social and emotional skills. For children ages 3-8.
  • Oct. 16: Your Body Belongs to You. An interactive workshop for parents and children ages 3-5 years old to learn about setting boundaries and personal privacy. Program includes circle time, reading, discussion with dolls and a coloring activity.
  • November 13: Cyber Safety. This workshop provides awareness and prevention education on internet safety for parents of young children and teenagers. It will raise awareness of cyber bullying, risks to youth when on social media and ‘ghosts” or undetectable apps that children are using on their cell phones. 

 

Family Place Discovery Time, for children ages 1-3 and their caregiver.

In each session of this free, five-part workshop, parents will do hands-on activities and engage directly with their children to promote emotional, physical and cognitive development. In a casual and unstructured environment, parents will have the opportunity to bond with their children through play and ask questions of our resource professional. Families are asked to attend all five of our workshops. Main Library.

 

Evening series, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.:

  • Sept. 26: Emergent  and Early Literacy
  • Oct. 3: Speech and Language
  • Oct. 10: Child Development
  • Oct. 17: Nutrition
  • Oct. 24: Music, Play and Health

 

Morning series (registration required to mharris@gptx.org) from 10 to 11 a.m.:

  • Sept. 27: Emergent  and Early Literacy
  • Oct. 4 : Speech and Language
  • Oct. 11: Child Development
  • Oct. 18: Nutrition
  • Oct. 25: Music, Play and Health

 

“My Child is a Good Kid, Really!” for parents and their children ages pre-K through 12 years old.

We send our kids to school with backpacks full of supplies, but is that enough? They need communication strategies that promote self-esteem and social skills and that deter bullying and unwanted behaviors. Join us, and let’s explore these strategies. 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Warmack Library.

 

The Grand Prairie Main Library is located at 901 Conover Dr. The Warmack Library is located at 760 Bardin Rd. For more information, call  972-237-5700 or visit us online at www.gptx.org/library

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