America’s library turns page on new chapter - FOX 13 News

America’s library turns page on new chapter

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Your local library is no longer a quiet space. Singing, even stomping, is encouraged sometimes at the Jan Platt Library in South Tampa.

"We have lots of programs, lots of activities for children," Frank Harrison, children's librarian, said.

Just one of the many programs: toddler time.

"Every single library has a similar program we do - so just look it up online and you can find what you're looking for," Harrison said.

There are other options: Baby time, some programs just for teens, computer classes and homework help.

Alisha Stephens brings her 1-year-old twin daughters, Paige and Savannah, to toddler time, and she says it's a weekly must.

"All the songs have movements that the kids like to do," she said. "They have great programs. We just came to a puppet show in December for them that they liked. It's terrific."

So, yes, the library is no longer just a place for books. But don't worry: there are still plenty of pages to turn.

"We try to encourage that parent-child connection, where the parent reads to the child," Harrison said. "That's what our real mission is."

Shh, the secret is out. These days the library is like a whole new adventure – books and beyond.

This is part of April Kellogg's weeklong "Mom I'm Bored" series, fun activities for parents and kids.

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