Wareham, Mass. — The Wareham Free Library is proud to host Sheryl White of Baby Kneads for a four-week workshop series for parents and caregivers to learn the fundamentals of baby sign language. Each of the 45-minute programs will run via Zoom on Tuesdays in August at 10:30 AM.

This virtual introductory baby sign language series will give caregivers an opportunity to learn how to reduce frustration and give their babies the ability to communicate before he/she can speak. White will review research and benefits, teach and give you a chance to practice several signs, demonstrate signing to babies, and learn how to teach your baby American Sign Language. This workshop is appropriate for parents and caregivers with pre-verbal children ages four months and up.

The series will begin with the beginning signs and meal time symbols on August 10 before continuing the following week with bath time and diaper signs on August 17. A session on clothing, dressing, and bedtime signs will take place on August 24 and the program will conclude with animals and family signs on August 31.

Advanced registration is required for this event and spaces are limited. Families are encouraged to attend this program with their children. To register please contact Reference/Outreach librarian Steven Miller at (508) 295-2343 x1012 or at smiller@sailsinc.org.

White has received training in baby development, ASL, Joseph Garcia’s Baby Sign Program, Baby Massage through IAIM, Mindfulness, and Reiki. She has been teaching programs and working with families since 1999. White has appeared in the business anthology “Expert Profiles” and dozens of media outlets including the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, CBS Boston, School Library Journal, and more.

The Wareham Free Library is providing this program with federal funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided through the Institute Museum of Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).

Grants were designed to help the recipients with remote and virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wareham Free Library is also using funds from the grant to create STEM kits that families can check out and to construct outdoor story walk materials.

For more information about this program, you can visit Baby Kneads at http://babykneads.com/baby-sign-language.