“This group, who initially were reluctant to enter the circle time room, now come rushing in once the door is opened. Children who sat pressed up against walls to keep their distance are now happily climbing in my lap and demanding more books.”
Alligator Pie also empowers the children’s caregivers with songs, rhymes, and reading techniques they can use at home to further support their children’s learning. This program connects caregivers with the library too. This means they are more likely to bring their children to the library and use its resources.
Alligator Pie is also an invaluable resource to the Early Childhood Educators (ECE) staff that work at the daycare centres. The Alligator Pie librarian teaches them new skills and shares library resources with them, so that they can enhance the story-times and children’s learning outside of Alligator Pie. Many of the children have language, learning or behavioural difficulties and the ECE staff are grateful to have this support.
A staff member commented :
“It (Alligator Pie) is a great resource for me. The way the librarian engages with the children through songs, stories and games is fantastic.”
Like all programs and services at VPL, Alligator Pie is free, but the demand for this important program increases. Every gift you give to Alligator Pie allows the program to foster a love of reading and provide communication and literacy skills to the children who need it most.