Storytime in Your Neighborhood is back this week, as part of our partnership with Jericho Road Community Health Center. This fan favorite is now living at our new neighborhood at Superman Corner- the intersection of Clark and Kent in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. Last month's Storytime can be found on our YouTube channel, and click here for a full schedule of upcoming dates. This Wednesday, we'll be reading "My Name Is Celia" as a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, as well as having some fun crafts and yummy recipes to share. You can join us LIVE for this socially-distant Storytime this Wednesday at 5:30, or virtually participate since it streams live on our Facebook page.

In other news:

  • Several school districts saw some last-minute changes in the past two weeks, so parents, we want to support you however you need it. We've updated our Parenting on Pause page, have our support line and support groups in full effect, and are virtually offering both our tried-and-true parenting programs like Just For Teens as well as newer ones like Triple P. If you are homeschooling or remote learning with your children and need supplemental educational content, EPIC Academy has you covered, and if you're seeking guidance from additional local resources, Kitchen Table Talks can help. Is there something you need that's just not out there? We want to know that too. Our team's top priority is supporting families during yet another massive change.

  • This October, join us for the Buffalo Baby & Toddler Expo: a 4-day virtual event sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY. This year, the expo will be held over the course of four days, entirely via Zoom. We've targeted each day into specific topics, so you can customize your Expo experience and tune in to the parts that matter most to you! Topics like car seat safety, early literacy, breastfeeding support, prenatal yoga, telemedicine, massage therapy, child care information and nutrition demonstrations will still be available. Register here- it's free!

  • Our Heroes nominations have been pouring in, and it's been incredible reading about the acts of kindness and bravery being done in our community. Who is your hero? We want to know. We are collecting nominations for Heroes for one extra week, and winners will be honored throughout our annual Heroes celebration this fall. Click here to submit your nomination!

Stay safe, stay well, and as always, know we are here for you.

Tara N. Burgess, Executive Director
and the entire EPIC team