The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., and the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St., are partnering to offer an emotions-based workshop at the library for children ages 3-5 using a variety of creative expression techniques and quality literature.

The walk-in workshops will be held every other Monday at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and 18, and March 4 and 18.

During the workshop, participants will share and explore books that nurture a foundation of emotional vocabulary that will expand emotional literacy, and discover the many facets and dimensions of other shades of feelings.

The goal of the class will be for children to build a vocabulary of their emotions, develop and nurture empathy, and gain skills to better manage their everyday emotions through stories and creative drama. This workshop will be an independent class for children ages 3 to 5, providing a safe, fun and creative environment for children to explore and express their feelings.

In the spring, parents will be asked to join class. The children at that time will be the leaders and teach parents the games and activities to do at home to support social emotional learning strategies and mindfulness together.

Topics are based on the following books:

· Jan. 21 – “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain.

· Feb. 4 – “Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make My Day” by Jamie Lee Curtis.

· Feb. 18 – “In My Heart: A Book of Feelings” by Jo Witek.

· March 4 – “My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss.

· March 18 – “The Color Monster: A Pop Up Book of Feelings” by Anna Lewis.

The library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their command of basic literacy, they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, and as citizens. This means a Pennsylvania with one of the highest literacy rates in the country, a trained and skilled workforce, and a growing economy, tax base, and population.

Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu for more information or call 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.