Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Libraries Provide Opportunity For Early Childhood Literacy

Family-Place-LibrariesPresident Barack Obama highlighted support for early learning in his State of the Union address.  He should go to the library, according to advocates for using the public library as a key part of the learning process for toddlers to four-year-olds.  

Many libraries these days are more than musty book stacks and card catalogs and maybe an occasional story-time session. They are becoming fun and inexpensive places for children and parents to write the opening chapters in a lifetime of learning.

Sandy Feinberg runs a national program called Family Place Libraries that teaches librarians how to adapt to the needs of pre-kindergarten kids.

A recent nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center found that 82-percent of those polled “strongly support libraries offering free early literacy programs to help young children prepare for school.”

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