The London Public Library, partnering with Target, is providing early literacy bags for preschoolers and their parents.
With Target’s donation, the library was able to purchase supplies to reach 350 children in the the community. Target employees also donated their time to assemble the bags.
Each bag contains information to educate parents on the importance of reading to their children and to instill a lifelong love of reading in them. Also included are resources to assist parents with activities that will enhance their children’s literacy skills. Experts agree how very important it is to develop pre-reading skills before entering kindergarten. Reading is an essential skill for learning in all subjects.
This literacy tool is intended to prepare children for entering school and eventually passing the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. A National Early Literacy Panel report found that “reading and writing skills that are developed in the years from birth to age 5 have a clear and consistently strong relationship with later literacy skills.”
The bag holds the key to a lifetime of free reading. Besides the “Clifford ABC” book included in the bag, there is an application for a free library card at the London Public Library. Having a card opens the door to over five million items through the library’s network of 14 libraries that are part of the Central Library Consortium.
To find out what the library has to offer to assist your child with reading, contact Mary Anne Wood, youth services coordinator at 740-852-9543.
The library is located at 20 E. First St., London. You can also see what is available at www.mylondonlibrary.org.