Margot Stiassni will lead a multi-lingual story time, reading in French and English, at the Thomaston Public Library on Saturday, March 27 at 1 p.m.

Stiassni, a teacher at the Penobscot School and teacher of French and music, will lead children aged 5 to 6 and their caregivers through stories, play and music to introduce youngsters to the French language.

“We’re very excited to have Margot visit the library,” said Head Librarian Brian Sylvester. “It’s very important for schools and education centers like the library to offer cultural and educational programming.”

The program will be held in the new Children’s Library, which was recently constructed with funding from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation.

“We’re hoping this will be the first of many foreign language programs that the library will offer,” Sylvester said.

“The experts say that early childhood is the best time to begin developing the skills needed for acquiring multiple languages,” said Patti Luchetti, executive director of the Penobscot School.

Research has shown that the brain is able to learn new language skills much more quickly during early childhood than during adulthood. Neuroscientists believe children who learn foreign languages early in life are able to imprint speaking skills directly to the motor region of the brain, so that they “think” in more than one language. Adults who learn a second language are more likely to “think” in their native tongue, and then translate to the new language.

For more information about the program, contact the Thomaston library through thomaston.lib.me.us.