Cary, NC - The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood will introduce the latest Lucy’s Book Club topic,Knowing my feelings, with a special appearance by Betsy, star of the popular PBS Kids show Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures.

Betsy and her friends will read Kevin Henkes’ Wemberly Worried, one of the titles on the current LBC reading list, at the Center on Friday, January 21, at 12 noon. Twenty seats will be made available to the public. Call the Center at 919.677.1400 and ask for Wendy to register.

Launched in May 2009, Lucy’s Book Club is a free community outreach program for Wake County children from infancy to age six and their parents. Lucy’s Book Club (LBC) supports healthy social and emotional growth in young children by encouraging parents to read to them books that approach important developmental themes in a safe and reassuring way. Each list includes titles appropriate for sharing with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners plus recommended reading for parents themselves.

The theme for January thru April, Knowing my feelings, was selected to help children understand that their feelings, even negative ones, are a part of life.

“In order for children to find appropriate ways to control and master their feelings, they must first feel comfortable with understanding and expressing them,” explains Jennifer Reid, teacher at the Center and panel chair of LBC. “The books we have selected for younger children aid in recognizing and labeling different feelings, while the books for older children explore a few feelings in depth: worry, anger, and bravery.”

Additional themes for 2010-11 include Knowing my body (September thru December 2010) and Coping with new experiences (available in May 2011).

Suggested reading lists are developed by a panel of the Center’s mental health professionals and a Wake County librarian. These lists are printed on colorful, oversized bookmarks and are available at no cost at more than 200 locations throughout Wake County (including public libraries, preschools, child care centers, pediatricians’ offices, and bookstores) and online at

The second year of Lucy’s Book Club has been funded by presenting sponsor Cargill and the Cargill Foundation and by platinum sponsors The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation and Time Warner Cable. In May, LBC will again present Bookmarked!, a two-week celebration of reading with children, featuring free readings by local celebrity-heroes and appearances by award-winning children’s author-illustrator Molly Bang.

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The Lucy Daniels Center, founded in 1991, is devoted to promoting the healthy emotional development of young children. It is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency providing children's mental health services in North Carolina's Triangle region. The Center serves children up to age 11 who have behavioral or social difficulties or show signs of emotional problems through mental health assessments, family counseling, and therapy in both one-on-one and classroom settings. The staff of more than 25 social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and educators offers individualized care for each child and family.

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