Library's baby showers lend new parents a hand
Delaware libraries are giving a boost to new and expecting parents at two community baby showers this month.
The first is set from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Main Library, 84 E. Winter St. The second will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Orange branch, 7171 Gooding Blvd.
Parents and parents-to-be can get information and meet with local businesses and service providers who can help them get a head start on child-rearing at the free events, library Communications Manager Shea Alltmont said.
Scheduled to appear at both events are representatives from Action for Children, which helps parents identify child-care and early learning services; the Delaware Community Market, with products for moms and babies; Delaware County Bank, which offers savings programs for parents; a pediatric dentist; and more.
Moms Offering Mentoring Support also will attend. The Delaware group provides support and mentorship to teen moms.
Information about library programs will be available, including Baby Story Time, which aims to plant the seed for a lifetime of reading from a young age, Alltmont said.
"It's very important to read to your child and start that foundation early," she said.
Also on hand will be representatives of local parent groups that can help with child-care options and even provide social opportunities for new parents and their kids.
The library also stocks numerous books and DVDs on topics of interest to new parents, from What to Expect When You're Expecting to information about midwives, as well as resources for nervous new dads.
"Those are free resources," Alltmont said. "New parents are thinking about all the money they have to spend on clothes, diapers and wipes. They don't need another expense."
Librarians will be on hand for story time and a crafting activity for older siblings who attend with their parents.
Parents can participate in an activity to make a security blanket for their child, and all those who attend can take home a small diaper bag.