Down by the Creek Animal Sanctuary will be visiting the library with some special friends for kids in kindergarten to fifth grade to visit. Don’t miss the animals at the library! No registration required.
Low literacy rates are not just a concern locally. It is a nationwide problem. If a child is not ready for kindergarten when they start school, statistically, there is a very good chance they will never catch up. Identifying children who may need extra help before they reach school has always been difficult. Parents may not realize the importance of reading to their children or how to encourage early literacy skills in their children through play. They also may not be aware of different services available to them.
At a recent Public Library Association conference many libraries discussed different methods their communities have tried to improve literacy rates. One way was to encourage people to speak to their neighbors with young children, letting them know what their local library can offer them such as free story times, books and educational material as well as other local resources. The Moline Public Library would also like to suggest giving out an Imagination Library form. When signing up their child under the age of 5 for this program, each child receives a book every month for free. If you pick up this form at our Children’s Desk, you may also pick out a United Way paperback book from our cart to give with the enrollment card. This will give the parent an idea of what to expect and is a nice gift to get them started. This simple gift is a great way to get a child started with those all-important literacy skills.