Niagara University is offering a spring-themed edition of “Books, Balls and Blocks,” its popular children’s educational program, in several Niagara County locations during the months of March and April.

Funded by the United Way of Greater Niagara, the program’s activities—games, art activities, interactive stories, and more—are designed for children between the ages of 4 months and 6 years old. Developmental, early literacy, and vision screenings will also be available.

Parents will be able to participate in the events, in support of studies by the Harvard Family Research Project that show greater parent involvement in their child’s learning positively affects the child’s school performance, including higher academic achievement.

Pizza, refreshments, and book giveaways will be provided.

Schedule of events:

Wednesday, March 25 | Noon-2 p.m.
North Tonawanda Public Library (505 Meadow Dr., North Tonawanda, N.Y. 14120)

Thursday, March 26 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Niagara Falls Public Library (8728 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, N.Y., 14304)

Saturday, March 28 | 11a.m.-1 p.m.
Niagara Falls Public Library (1425 Main St, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 14305)

Wednesday, April 1 | 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Lockport Public Library (23 East Ave., Lockport, N.Y., 14094)

Saturday, April 18 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Niagara University Family Literacy Center (Academic Complex, Room 125)

“Books, Balls and Blocks” is presented through a partnership with Help Me Grow Western New York and the Niagara County Early Child Care Quality Improvement Project, housed in Niagara University’s Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement

To register and/or obtain more information, please call 716.286.8567 or visit

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