Public library adding Parent Resource Center

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Early childhood education is essential.

Therefore, in an effort to provide resources to parents, more than 40 games and toys, geared towards learning, will be available at the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library beginning this week.

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“The purpose of this collection,” Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library director Katrina Stokes said, is to help parents prepare their children for pre-school.

The collection of games and toys will be located on the lower level of the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library in the newly formed Parent Resource Center. Stokes said funding for the addition was due in part by a grant through the Library Services and Technology Act and from Excel by 5.

“Excel reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in a program like this,” Stokes said. “And of course we said ‘yes.’”

In addition to the toys and games, the resources will include puzzles along with manipulatives that will aid children with their fine motor skills.

These resources will also focus on helping preschoolers learn their shapes, colors, letters and numbers.

toys and games

These toys and games will be available for check out during the regular business hours, which is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“The check out will work just like the books,” Stokes said, however, there will be a limit of two items per person over a two-week time frame.

Excel by 5 is also providing electronic tablets with links to information for parents about their children’s growth and development at the Parent Resource Center.

“And of course the library has a number of books in our non-fiction collection as well as online resources,” Stokes said, that provide information on a child’s early developmental progress.

Stokes said the tablets will serves as an added resource offered to parents. 

To celebrate the addition of the new Parent Resource Center, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m., Thursday prior to a Back to School Bash, which will be upstairs in the library meeting room.

Stokes said local elected officials from the city of Vicksburg and Warren County will be in attendance and immediately following the ribbon cutting the public is invited to the Back to School Bash, where light refreshments will be served.

“The library will also have displays and further information concerning library materials and services,” Stokes said.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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