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Library hopes to reach more than the young with Toddler Time

For years, the Buncombe County Public Libraries system has offered daily children's programs for free. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

For years, the Buncombe County Public Libraries system has offered daily children's programs for free.

One recent class had a barnyard book theme.

Ms. Red is a playful puppet who helped Sarah Gransee with story time in a program designed for toddlers.

It was an interactive class that used books and songs to teach kids simple things like colors and how to count, as well as how to participate in a group activity.

Gransee, of the Enka-Candler Library, said she wants people to walk away knowing the library has something for everyone.

"We want people to use the library from the time that they are born to the time that they die," she said. "So, this is a great way to establish that behavior for parents and for kids. If you can teach a 2-year-old that the library is for them, that also reinforces to the parents that we have things for them, as well."

Mom, dads and grandparents play an active role in Toddler Time, 30-minute program designed for kids 18 months to two years old.

The Enka-Candler branch is offering a new program. Beginning this week, it will offer a dual language Toddler Time.

Buncombe County Public Libraries consists of 11 branch libraries located throughout the county. Most are within 5 miles of almost every Buncombe County resident.

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