Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Early Literacy Shines in May

Early Literacy Shines in May

This time of year the library is engaging Richmond families around the topic of early literacy in a powerful way. For the past four years, the Richmond Public Library has partnered with the Literacy Institute at VCU and their early literacy programs to provide family events at the library to conclude their preschool take-home reading program and to establish the library as a continued source of great books to share in the home. This year we are hosting six library events for 11 Head Start classes and 12 Virginia Preschool Initiative classes. Each child in participating classrooms receives a "blue library bag" to use for their library books. The events are full of fun, hands-on literacy activities that encourage parents and children to play and read and learn together.

But don't feel that you have to miss out on the fun if you or your young child are not part of the Literacy Institute programs... the library is a free resource for everyone! Grab any old bag and stop by your local branch (with your library card!) and pick up a fresh assortment of books to help your child build their reading skills and their pleasure in a good book.

Literacy at the library isn't limited to just our fabulous books- we have lots of great things to engage any child's interest. Here is a sampling of what we have for young children and their families... 
  • Early Literacy Storytimes: Check our website or call your local branch for days and times

  • Early Literacy Station Computers: loaded with great skill building games that your child can play
  • DVDs- both educational and entertainment
  • Story Kits- bags with books and other related materials like story pieces or instruments
  • Main Library's Early Literacy Activity Station- a wide variety of themed materials to engage children around literacy concepts

Stop by and "Check It Out"!

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