During March, our library is highlighting early literacy by offering family programs and workshops. Christine Wick, Library Director, explains why early literacy is vital, “Studies show that developing pre-literacy skills is vital to success in learning how to read. Developing these skills is easy and fun and can be shared with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It’s amazing that these simple activities can have such a powerful effect in a child’s ability to learn to read.”
At the Union Township Branch on March 7th from 6 to 8 pm, families will receive “Marching Orders” encouraging children to have fun with early literacy missions. The night begins with meeting local authors Will Hillenbrand, Jennifer Elig and Bruce Meadows. Staff members will present programs in writing, math and science, storytime and a playtime. CCPL Hands Up! Puppet Troupe will perform a new puppet show, “A Pirate Adventure.” The last mission of the night is to sing along with the acoustic sound of Steve Featherston.
The children will receive a booklet that will be stamped upon completing each mission throughout the branch. After all the missions are accomplished the child will receive a special prize.
Our early literacy programs are designed to introduce children to the skills they need before they actually learn to read and write. Research shows that early experiences with books and other literacy materials are crucial in helping children become better readers. “Marching Orders” is a fun way to engage early readers. “The library is a great place to discover the tools that will help your child acquire the abilities they need to be successful in school,” enthused Ms. Wick.