Mother Goose on the Loose is “a typical public library program for babies, parents, and caregivers”


A survey sent out by the ALSC Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee (ECPS) contained questions regarding current efforts by public libraries to serve parents/caregivers and their babies.  Although responses showed that programs varied significantly in frequency, attendance, and length, in a recent article in Children and Libraries, the following quote was used to “best exemplify the typical public library program for babies, parents and caregivers:

We hold Mother Goose on the Loose once a week.  It is a drop-in program usually attended by ten to fifteen babies and at least one parent/caregiver per child. The purpose is to increase early literacy and social skills in a relaxed, fun environment and to model and teach methods, activities, songs, and rhymes for parents/caregivers.” (Nemec 2011, 20)

Check it out at: Nemec, Jenna. “It’s (Still) Never Too Early to Start!” Children and Libraries 9:3, Winter 2011, 15-21.

About Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen

A renowned national speaker and accomplished author, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is best known as the creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, an award-winning early literacy program. Her charismatic presentations always include an easily-understandable combination of research and practice. Recognized by the ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for “revolutionizing the way librarians work with children from birth to age 3” and the 2018 Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries, Betsy’s passion is for helping children and the adults in their lives be the best they can be while sparking a love of reading.