The Library recognizes the connection between reading to young children early, library use and educational success. The National Commission on Reading concluded that,
“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”
We are committed to fostering a love for reading in every child by encouraging parents to begin reading to their children as early as possible. Our 1,000 Books B4K program promotes reading one thousand books to children before they enter kindergarten. Children need to hear words spoken for language development and the easiest way to hear words is to read aloud to kids.
Our Books and Bubbles, storytime for children ages zero to five, is presented on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am. We sing songs, use flannel stories and rhymes, and read books of course in this 30 minute storytime. Then we have a time of play.
Books and Barks is a great way for new readers to practice reading aloud. Once a month, Jim McCleary and his trained dogs come to the library. His dogs listen to young readers and help them gain confidence and build reading skills.
During the summer months when school is out, the library offers the Summer Reading Program. Research has shown that reading over the summer break helps prevent students from losing ground and helps prepare them for the next school year. Participating in the library’s Summer Reading Program is a great way to stop the “summer slide”. Each year there is a new theme. Check the library’s event calendar for more details.
Whether your family needs help locating a good book to read or information to complete a school project, we’re here to help.