We now know that human brains are not “born” – they are built from the ground up, through the combined influences of children’s genes and early experiences. During the first 1,000 days of a child’s life over 700 neural connections are formed every second, literally shaping the architecture of a young child’s brain. Those rapidly growing connections are largely driven by a child’s interactions with parents and others in the very first months of life. New research shows that children are affected by early experiences at younger ages than previously understood. Let the Clearwater Public Library help develop those neural connections, bring your child to the Library for Story Time (Thursdays at 10:30AM beginning January 5th) or to pick up a book to read to your child. Clearwater Public Library – Check Us Out!