Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings is for expectant parents and parents of newborns.
Mother Goose on the Loose: Hatchlings is a unique offering under the Mother Goose on the Loose®
umbrella. It consists of two separate programs, Ready to Hatch for expectant parents (single session) and In the Nest for parents with newborns (series of four workshop sessions). Hatchlings was created with delivery options for inside the library and in community outreach settings.
Hatchlings: Ready to Hatch is for expectant parents.
MGOL Hatchlings: “Ready to Hatch” is a one session program that is held once a month for four months in a participating library as well as in an outreach location in coordination with at least one community partner. Its focus is on expectant families, many of whom may be non-library users, at-risk families, or families from under-represented populations. "Ready to Hatch" can be offered virtually or in-person.
“Thanks, this was great for my mental health to get out and learn and gain confidence.”
– Howard County Library System workshop participant
Hatchlings: In the Nest is for parents of newborns.
MGOL Hatchlings: “In the Nest” is a four session program that takes place once a week for four consecutive weeks in both the library and in an outreach location in coordination with at least one community partner. It is designed for parents with newborns (from birth to four months old), many of whom may be non-library users, at-risk families, or families from under-represented populations.
Hatchlings programs have been piloted and evaluated for three years with selected library systems across the state of Maryland. The first two pilot years with Carroll, Prince George, Calvert and Howard county libraries were completed in 2022. Year three was expanded to include a partnership among libraries and Judy Centers in seven additional counties across the state.